Last month we celebrated St Patrick’s Day by releasing two brand new collections of Irish records. We’ve also made some of our older collections from Ireland far more useful – which adds up to great news for anyone with roots on the Emerald Isle.
Our first new release contains over 200,000 pages from the Belfast Newsletter, created over the past 300 years. The Newsletter is the oldest English-language newspaper still in circulation, and our digital archive covers everything from the Irish Rebellion to the French Revolution.
But of course, it’s not all about global events. You’ll also find birth, marriage and death announcements, local adverts, military notices and thousands more smaller articles that could well feature members of your family. You can browse the editions by date.
Our second addition is a similarly diverse mix of resources, going back even further. Dublin, Probate Record and Marriage Licence Index, 1270-1858, includes over 100,000 index entries extracted from wills, letters of administration, marriage licences and other records within the Diocese of Dublin.
Most of these court records reveal names, dates, places and occupations. They’re also fully searchable, so it’s easy to pinpoint the cases that affected your family.
Speaking of fully searchable records, we’ve added indexes to four of our rarest and most sought after Irish collections. These are partial censuses for 1841 and 1851, covering County Antrim, County Cork, a range of locations across Northern Ireland, and a similar assortment for the Republic.
Most Irish census records from before 1901 were destroyed in the 1922 fire at the Public Records Office in Dublin. However, some fragments survived, and these have been combined with other records from the same time to create our lists.
Don’t forget, we already have over 30 million Irish records on the site, including birth, marriage and death indexes plus Catholic and Anglican parish records.