This is going to be epic.
My thanks to Clare Santry of the Irish Genealogy News blog for bringing us this news (and to Debbie Cruwys Kennett of the Guild of One Name Studies for passing the news on on the Guild facebook page)
"Next Thursday, 8 September, will be a red-letter day for Irish genealogy.
The General Register Office's historical birth, marriage and death
registers will be launched online on that date, joining the GRO Index
and a collection of church records on www.IrishGenealogy.ie. Further details will be released early next week. For now, this is all the information being made public.
When this move was first mooted, back in July 2014, it came with an
assurance that these records would be accessible free of charge.
Subsequent intervention should also have made us quite certain that the
records will be subject to the 100-75-50-years rule ie only those births
more than 100 years old, marriages more than 75 years ago, and deaths
50 years ago.
I'll bring more news when it's available."
For an Irish based One Name Study, this is fantastic news. All those Fitzhenry and Fitzharris BMD entries which will now be available online... for free.
If you haven't already visited the www.IrishGenealogy.ie website, it is fantastic. The quality of the church register scans is excellent (and in colour).
And well done to the Irish Government for doing this. It's really about time the English GRO registers were opened up in the same way...
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