Tracing your family history in Ireland is to get a lot easier as the National Library of Ireland getrs ready to give FREE online access to its Catholic Church records collection from this summer (2015) according to IrishCentral.
Genealogy expert John Grenham wrote in The Irish Times that it is “almost impossible to overstate the importance” of what will happen.
The records that will go on line mainly consist of baptismal and marriage records, the earliest of which dates back to the 1700’s and cover the 1,091 parishes in the country. This will enable the millions of people worldwide to access their Irish roots much easier. The records are currently available at the National Library of Ireland on microfiche and therefore you need to visit in person or hire a researcher but demand has put a great strain on this service and the cost of hiring a professional researcher has put these records out of many people’s price bracket.
For many years volunteers have been working to make these records ready for digitization and online research. These records could be the most important records to go online since the 1901 and 1911 census for Ireland at the Irish National Archives.