Early Irish Birth and Death Indexes Updated

The Society’s Early Irish Birth and Death Indexes have been updated with several thousand additional entries.The Births Index now notes just over 10,400 entries and the Death Index just over 6,300.

Roz McCutcheon, the creator and coordinator for the Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes said of the latest updates: “Am very pleased to have finally surged through the 10,000 barrier on the Birth Index, helped greatly by a rich resource, – the English Civil Service Evidence of Age Index. baby-784608_960_720


“In my various introductions, I always stress that the Early Irish BMD Indexes (1660 to 1863) are indeed indexes, and do not set out to be a full record of each event. Using the pointers in the Index, researchers should always consult the original record, and never more so than in the case of the Civil Service Index, as the documents attached to each entry are often full of additional information about the person concerned.  I have written more extensively about this in the February edition of the IGRS members-only e-Bulletin. 

graveyard-263269_1280“The Death Index grows at a more sedate pace than the birth index, as the available sources are fewer, being mainly gravestones & newspaper entries.”

The next update will be for the Marriage Index, which at the moment notes just over 70,000 entries, recording the names of more than 155,000 brides, grooms and sundry relations.

For non-members here is a link to each Index: BirthDeath and Marriage.


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