Early Irish Marriage Index Updated With a Further 5,000 Records

The Society has added a further 5,154 entries to its Early Irish Marriage Index. Approximately five hundred of these entries relate to marriage settlements registered at the Registry of Deeds.

Registry of Deeds, Henrietta Street, Dublin.

Roz McCutcheon, the project leader, notes that “most settlements are dated a few days before the actual ceremony and registered within a few months.  This makes searching for possible settlementsat the Registry of Deeds fairly straightforward.  However, in book 297, one pre-marriage settlement took 26 years to be registered (see ROD ref: 297/642/196514), this pertained to the union of Thomas Taylor & Ann Berresford, both of Dublin.  And if that wasn’t hard enough for any determined researcher to locate, another in the same book (ROD ref: 297/383/196483) took 46 years!  This was the marriage of George Little and Mary Boyd, both of Co Tyrone, which had taken place in 1727, yet wasn’t registered until 1773, by which time most of the parties had died.  This sort of delay underlines the importance of indexing such events in a database such as this.

The bulk of the other marriage events in this update are supplied by the surviving indexes, and pre-1922 abstracts, relating to Marriage Licence Bonds from several diocese: Down, Ossory, Ferns and Leighlin. In addition searches at the Registry of Deeds also yielded a smaller, but significant number of birth events, which can be deduced by the ages noted for children named as ‘lives’ in leases.

This update comprises 519 births, 5,154 marriages and 334 deaths. Among the three databases, the total number of names now recorded is 346,094.

Why not check out the resource for yourself? Access to the marriage index is completely free to all and the birth and death indexes allow name searches for non-members: https://www.irishancestors.ie/early-irish-indexes/

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