Genealogy, or Family History, is the search for your ancestors. Trying to locate where your family has come from and significant events in their past can be a tricky process.
It has just gotten a little easier, thanks to FindMyPast.ie, as they have just released over 10 million new Irish Catholic Parish Registers, adding to the largest collection of Irish records online. Fully indexed for the first time, the registers form one of the most important record collections for Irish family history and are free to search forever.
Marking the first time that the National Library of Ireland's collection of Irish Catholic Registeres has been made available online, fully indexed and with images of the original documents. These records will be searchable by name, year and place and can help families build links between their generations.
Covering the years from 1671 to 1900, it will allow researchers to see the dreadful effects of the Great Famine (1845-1852) and the toll that it had on families throughout the land.
Parish records are useful for identifying not only the person directly, but also their extended family - godparents, witnesses and parents are usually recorded on marriage, baptismal or funeral records.
The timing of the release of these records, near St. Patrick's Day in the centenary year since the Easter Rising that lead to the establishment of the Republic of Ireland, is not lost on Famil History Enthusiasts.
Speaking of the release, Holly from FindMyPast.ie said, "Irish research has been transformed from the select pursuit of the few, to a fun and relatively easy hobby for the many. The Irish story of hardship, migration and opportunity is a global story, and in partnership with the cultural institutions around the world we are bringing the fragments of their lives within reach"