The recent mapping at of all General Register Office births between 1864 and 1913 (see brought us a massive in(...)

One of the small pleasures of spending time rummaging through record systems is observing the ways in which they slowly deform under the weight of the(...)

Just before Christmas 2013, the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht held a series of public hearings on maximisin(...)

The National Archives (the one at Kew in London) has a very irritating name. Which nation? It’s not Britain, since Scotland is excluded; it’s not the (...)

Irish Roots

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

Irish Roots

First the good news. The copy of the General Register Office’s birth, marriage and death indexes, live on the website since last Thu(...)

Irish Roots

Genealogists are a frugal bunch. Or perhaps I just mean perennially skint. In any case, we go out of our way to avoid having to pay for access to reco(...)

The Irish Genealogical Research Society ( has just brought out a very handy “research update” bringing together all the promises(...)