Boost for free Ir­ish data­base

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The Ir­ish Ge­nealog­i­cal Re­search So­ci­ety (IGRS) has un­veiled ma­jor en­hance­ments to one of its most com­pre­hen­sive on­line re­sources.

Launched in 2013, the group’s Ir­ish Ge­neal­o­gist data­base ( iris­hances­tors. ie/? page_ id= 3039) com­prises more than 250,000 names from record tran­scrip­tions printed in its jour­nal, The Ir­ish Ge­neal­o­gist, since 1937.

Fea­tur­ing re­search sub­mit­ted by hun­dreds of IGRS mem­bers over the decades, in­clud­ing in­for­ma­tion from news­pa­pers, parish reg­is­ters and court records, the data­base can re­veal in­for­ma­tion that is dif­fi­cult to find in ar­chives or else­where on the web.

How­ever, as well as list­ing the num­ber of the is­sue in which the en­try ap­pears, the IGRS has now also started adding free scans of the orig­i­nal pages.

The data­base presently in­cludes im­ages from Vol­ume 10 (1998-2001), with work un­der­way to add reg­u­lar re­leases right up to Vol­ume 13 (2013).

IGRS Chair­man Steven Smyrl said: “With the launch of this new data­base, those pur­su­ing their Ir­ish an­ces­tors, no mat­ter where they live, will now be able to ac­cess the trea­sure of data locked away in its pages.”

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