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.