27 May 2013


     There has been quite a bit of buzz in the genealogy world recently about  new and planned online databases of Irish records. The Irish government is finally stepping up its schedule of digitizing records and placing them online for free access. The Archives has placed online the Calendar of Wills and Administrations 1858-1920, while the Department of Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht has announced plans to upload birth, marriage, and death records. Family historians should check these two government sites regularly for updates and news regarding future additions:
The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht:
The Archive's  online Calendar of Wills and Administration: http://www.willcalendars.nationalarchives.ie/search/cwa/home.jsp
For a overview of what Irish records are available, and where, the Department of Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht have a great online summary: