Early Irish Marriage Index Hits 155,000 Names

The Early Irish Marriage Index has been updated again with an additional 4,000 entries being added. There is now just over 70,000 references to alternative sources for Irish marriages, comprising about 155,000 individual names of brides, grooms and other relatives.


Map noting Ireland’s diocesan boundaries in the early 20th century.

In this update there is a very large number of references drawn from the Registry of Deeds, plus marriage licence bonds from various dioceses, including Elphin, Cork & Ross, Dublin, Cloyne and Meath.  In addition, relevant entries from the Chancery & Exchequer bills and decrees in the Swanzy Abstracts held by the Society are now being added to the database.

Canon Henry B. Swanzy  (1873-1932) was an enthusiastic early genealogist.  His work includes notes from Irish Wills and also his vast collection of abstracts from Irish Chancery & Exchequer Bills and decrees concerned with Cavan, Monaghan, Fermanagh, Galway and Roscommon.  He produced an index to Kilmore Diocesan Wills 1701-1858 (which covers parts of Meath, Leitrim, Fermanagh and Cavan), and to Clonfert & Kilmacduagh Diocesan Wills from 1665-1858 (which covers Galway, Roscommon and Offaly (Kings) County). Swanzy’s 511 will abstracts relate to 132 Diocesan Wills and 379 Prerogative Wills predominantly, though not exclusively, from the North of Ireland. He also carried out extensive work on Church of Ireland Clergy biographies, much of which has been published.

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