Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Irish Catholic registers

Society of Genealogists - Latest News: "Irish Catholic registers at the Society of Genealogists

On 16 June 2009, after two years of negotiation, the National Library of Ireland has granted permission for the Society of Genealogists to buy film copies of Catholic parish registers.

A full list of registers, arranged by Diocese, including NLI film reel numbers, is available from the National Library’s website. The cost is 100 Euros per reel.

Members of the SoG are invited to sponsor the purchase of registers which they would like to see in the Library. We are unable to loan the films to sponsors for use at home due to copyright restrictions and they are only to be used for private research. Nevertheless, we believe that this is extremely welcome news for all those of us with Irish Catholic ancestry.

Irish Parish Registers: "The main source for genealogical research in the National Library of Ireland is Roman Catholic Parish Registers. The Library holds microfilm copies of the registers of most Roman Catholic parishes in Ireland for the years up to 1880 and in some cases to 1900.

For further information on these registers, please read our Family History information leaflet entitled Parish Registers in the National Library of Ireland which can be downloaded there . . . ."

Members who are interested should contact the Librarian, Sue Gibbons."

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