Early Irish Marriage Index Reaches 80,000 Records

The Society’s Early Irish Marriage Index has now been updated, with several thousand more records being added, all noted from obscure and underused sources. The database now holds reference to more than 80,000 marriages.

Combining the names of brides, grooms with the various relatives mentioned in the database, the Marriage Index now notes almost 177,000 named individuals. A good many of the latest batch were extrapolated from Index of Nuns, a CD publication in 2015 by the Catholic Family History Society, which notes biographical information for about 14,000 nuns, many of them from Ireland. For many, their date of birth and parents’ names are recorded, allowing for an approximation of the year by which their parents had married.cat-d-015

Roz McCutcheon, the creator and coordinator for the BMD Indexes, said about the latest update: “I’m quietly pleased at breaking through the 80,000 barrier. With the steady help of some valued volunteers, I’m looking forward to the database soon reaching 100,000 marriages! In the meantime…I owe a big thank you to everyone of my volunteers.”

You can search the updated Marriage Index by following this link to the search page.

An update to the Death Index was launched at the end of June. An update to the Birth Index will be launched in August.

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