5 days of free access to ALL Irish records

Excellent news for all of us researching our Irish ancestors. Leading family history website, Findmypast, has just announced that they will be making their entire collection of Irish records free for five days to help budding genealogists uncover their Irish heritage ahead of St Patrick’s Day 2017.

From today, Monday 13th March, until 11.59pm (GMT) Friday 17th March, ALL 116 million records within Findmypast’s Irish collection will be completely free to search and explore, providing family historians from around the globe with the opportunity to learn more about the lives of their Irish ancestors.
This includes free access to;
·         Over 10 million Irish Catholic Parish Registers
·         Over 15 million Census, Land & Substitute records including the 1901 and 1911 censuses
·         Over 30 million detailed Court & Prison Records
·         Over 33 million Irish newspaper articles spanning the years 1708 to 1956
·         Over 7.3 million Dog Licences
·         Over 24 million Irish Passenger Lists
·         Over 2.4 million workhouse & poor law records
·         Over1.4 million Irish Quaker records
·         Over 350,000 records from World War 1, the Easter Rising & more
·         Landed Estates Court records featuring details of over 500,000 tenants residing on estates all over Ireland
·         The complete Griffith’s Valuation
·         Over 2.3 million Social History & Directory Records, including the most comprehensive online collection of national directories, dating back to 1814
·         Indexes to Irish wills dating from 1270 – 1858

I’m really hoping to have some time to go through over the new few days as I have lots of holes in my Irish ancestry and this could really help.

British Royal Navy Allotment Declarations 1795-1852

New record sets have been announced from findmypast today. One of them was of interest to me as I have Royal Navy ancestors:

British Royal Navy Allotment Declarations 1795-1852 contains over 485,000 records held by The National Archives at Kew. Each record includes a transcripts that will reveal your ancestor’s rank, the year of their declaration, their pay book number, their relationship the recipient and any additional remarks. Images may reveal where and when they were married, the names, ages, and baptism dates of their children, the allotted individuals residence, the allotment date and where payable. Prior to 1853, men joined the navy on a short-term basis and service records were not created until after 1853. Allotment Declarations are an excellent way to trace the careers of your earlier naval ancestors.

You have to pay to access the records unfortunately but I have added this to my to-do-list.

Findmypast makes entire collection of more than 70 million world military records free for four days

Leading family history website, Findmypast, has just announced that they will be making their entire collection of military records free for four days to coincide with Remembrance Day 2016.

From 09.00 GMT, 10th November until 23.59 GMT, 13th November 2016, all 70 million records within Findmypast’s “Military, Armed Forces and Conflict” category will be completely free to search and explore, providing family historians from around the globe the opportunity to uncover the stories of the military heroes within their own family.
This will include free access to:
Over 26.4 million British military Records
Over 43 million US and Canada military records
The most comprehensive collection of British Army service records both for WW1 and pre WW1 – these multiple page documents were released in partnership with The National Archives and are packed with fascinating biographical details such as the names and addresses of next of kin, physical descriptions and character references from commanding officers.
The most comprehensive British Naval collection available online
The most comprehensive Royal Air Force collection online
Over 2.6 million POW records in our exclusive Prisoners of War 1715-1945 collection.
Over 1.1 million WW2 casualty records in our collection of British Army Casualty Lists.
Exclusive Pals battalion records covering major cities including London, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Birmingham.
Soldiers Died In The Great War 1914-1919 records
Comprehensive, illustrated Victoria Cross records
Over 1.5 million medal index cards, memorial rolls and roll of honour records
Military tribunal records – the records of thousands of men who attempted to avoid conscription
Military Nurses 1856-1994 records
Over 25,000 British Red Cross records

Free Access to Military Records on Ancestry {today only}

Did you know today commemorate 100 years since British tanks were first deployed at the Battle of Flers-Courcelette during the First World War?

For one day only Ancestry is giving us free access to their UK military records, but only until midnight.

The Military records include millions of service records, medal records, casualty lists and other Army records and Navy records.

Free access to Irish records {15-18 Sept}

Leading Family History website Findmypast, today announced that they will be granting four days of free access to their entire collection of more than 114 million Irish records, the largest available anywhere online. From Thursday 15th September to Sunday 18th September, all Irish birth, marriage, death, census, social history, immigration and military records available on Findmypast will be completely free to explore.

This is to celebrate the landmark publication of more than 3 million historic Irish records released in association with the National Archives of Ireland and Family Search International which I mentioned yesterday. The release consists of a wide range of documents including original wills, lists of Catholics who swore loyalty to the crown or converted to Protestantism, land valuation records and merchant navy crew lists. The records date back to pre-famine Ireland and will be completely free to search forever.

Spanning over 220 years of Irish history from 1701 to 1922, the release is comprised of four highly valuable National Archives of Ireland collections including:

Original Will Registers 1858-1920
Qualification and Convert Rolls 1701 – 1845
Valuation Office books 1824-1856
Merchant Navy Crew lists 1857-1922

This is the first time these important National Archives of Ireland collections have been fully indexed with digitized images of the original papers linked online. All four collections are fully searchable.

Ireland’s historic BMD registers go online {for free!}

Excellent news for those of us with Irish ancestry as this week historic birth, marriage, and death registers for Ireland were made available online at IrishGenealogy.ie.

Not all Registers are currently available. The General Register Office are updating records of Marriages dating back to 1845 and Deaths dating back to 1864 – these will be added later.

Universal civil registration began in 1864, but non-Catholic marriages were only recorded from 1845 onwards. The registers that are online cover the whole of Ireland for the period up to 1921, but exclude the six counties of Northern Ireland after that date. According to Claire Santry’s Irish Genealogy News there are a total of 12.5 million entries online.

You can currently search the following:
BIRTHS: 1864 to 1915
MARRIAGES: 1882 to 1940
DEATHS: 1891 to 1965