Karel Kiely: “These records were never intended for the purpose we use them today.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Taoiseach Enda Kenny received a “belt of a crozier” ahead of the National Library of Ireland’s recent move to provide free internet access to Catholi(...)

Now that the dust has settled on the launch of the National Library’s Catholic parish registers site (registers.nli.ie), it’s worth reflecting on what(...)

When Godzilla moves in next door, some nervousness is understandable. So the recent news that Ancestry. com">Ancestry.com is looking to employ profes(...)

Researchers accustomed to the way online genealogy works elsewhere in the English-speaking world find the Irish situation strange. Elsewhere, record(...)

Ancestry. com, like most commercial genealogy sites, provides an online family tree service allowing subscribers to visualise and share their research(...)

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A recently published list of the top 100 genealogy websites in the world (in the online Canadian magazine GenealogyInTime – see bit.ly/1AMsxIu) makes (...)

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The revolution in online record access continues. So what can we expect in 2015?The “big one” is the arrival online of the National Library’s microfil(...)

Here are some of the signs that you’re doing too much genealogy. You see names. So many many names. As a result, in order to stay sane, you have train(...)

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In case you hadn’t heard, the General Register Office birth, marriage and death indexes launched on irishgenealogy.ie just three weeks ago have been ((...)

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Three years ago, Ancestry. com added transcripts of almost half-a-million pre-1880 Roman Catholic parish register entries to their collection o(...)