The Irish Genealogical Research Society’s Early Irish Marriage Index has been updated again. With the addition of over 4,000 new entries, it now contains an impressive 62,065 records (from alternative sources for marriages) noting approximately 139,000 names of brides, grooms and their parents.
This particular update has drawn new material from the Registry of Deeds and from the surviving manuscript and published indexes to Church of Ireland Marriage Licence Bonds (MLB) from the diocese of Cloyne, Kildare and Elphin among others. MLBs not infrequently include marriage licences issued to Roman Catholic couples who wished to ensure that their union was legal, particularly so in the eighteenth century.
This database is still being added to and new records are uploaded every month, so if you haven’t yet found any ancestors in it, do please check back regularly. The Early Irish Marriage Index is freely available to all, not just members of the IGRS.
As we approach the Christmas period, perhaps it’s a suitable time to have a good look at our index, the brainchild of IGRS Fellow, Roz McCutcheon, and see if you can find any ancestors hiding inside!