Rarely do I post more than one blog in a day but this news is too splendid to wait for tomorrow: the National Library of Ireland (NLI) plans to make its pre-1880 Roman Catholic parish registers available online.
John Grenham made the announcement today in his Irish Roots column in the Irish Times, followed by this official announcement from NLI:
The National Library of Ireland (NLI) has today unveiled details of its most ambitious digitisation project to date. The project will see the Library’s entire collection of Catholic parish register microfilms made available online – for free – by summer 2015.
The records are considered the single most important source of information on Irish family history prior to the 1901 Census. Dating from the 1740s to the 1880s, they cover 1091 parishes throughout Ireland, and consist primarily of baptismal and marriage records.
That means almost 400,000 microfilm images will be available for viewing without a trip to Dublin! More about this extraordinarily good news can be found on Claire Santry’s blog: http://www.irishgenealogynews.com/.