Boost for free Irish database
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.”