Doe you have Irish ancestry? Then there is some good news for you! Millions of Irish civil registration records have been released online free of charge via IrishGenealogy.ie, providing details about births, marriages and deaths registered in the country dating back to the mid-19th century.
While basic indexes to the records have been available through the state-run genealogy site for some time, users can now view scans of the full register entries online, meaning we can access information previously only seen when we paid to order a certificate.
Due to privacy restrictions, birth records from the past 100 years, marriage records from the past 75 years and death records from the past 50 years are not available. According to the website, the years covered by the release of the historic records of Births, Marriages and Deaths are:
Births: 1864 to 1915
Marriages: 1882 to 1940
Deaths: 1891 to 1965
They also note that the General Register Office are currently working on updating further records of Marriages dating back to 1845 and Deaths dating back to 1864. These will be included in future updates to the website.