GRO to go online; County Down records; NLI summer programs

I’ve been away from home — and away from a computer — more than half the days in May. Consequently the blog has been neglected. Here are several “catch-up” items of interest, in case you missed the news elsewhere:

1)  From Eastman’s online newsletter:  

Ireland’s General Registry Office Records Finally to Go Online

The Irish government has announced that indexes to birth, death & marriage records which date from 1845 are soon to be made available through its genealogy portal This is terrific news, announced in CIGO’s 21st year, the year in which it ‘comes of age’.

2) From

 Get Down! With Our New Parish Records

This month saw the addition of County Down Parish Registers to They are from the First and Second Presbyterian Meeting Houses and the Church of Ireland, and Catholic churches of Annaclone/Anaghlone and Ballyroney, near Banbridge, County Down. The records date between 1819 and 1913 and include baptisms, marriages, burials, communicant rolls and a register of graveyard plots. Many of these records include townland information, the basic building block of Irish family history. If you had ancestors in County Down they are certainly worth a look!

3) From Irish Genealogy News:

National Library of Ireland’s Summer of Genealogy

The National Library of Ireland is to host a two-month extravaganza of Irish genealogy lectures this summer. They will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout July and August, and there will be few extra sessions to make a daily line-up during Heritage Week (19-23 August).

The lunchtime lectures program, which is part of the NLI’s contribution to The Gathering, covers a very wide range of themes, including several with a fresh twist, and will attract genealogists at all levels of experience. Each lecture will be held in the Seminar Room at the NLI in Kildare Street at 1pm and will last approximately 30 minutes.

Admission is free and no booking is required.

July program:

August program:

(Note: There appear to be some fascinating programs scheduled! I believe Powerpoint slides from last summer’s presentations were later posted on the NLI website. If you see a subject of particular interest, you may want to follow up there.)


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