A New Year’s message from the Chairman of the IGRS
Happy New Year!
Here at the IGRS, we’re anticipating another terrific year ahead for the Society with a steadily growing membership (our worldwide membership increased more than 20% in 2013) and an equally steady stream of resources from our Library ear-marked for upload to the Members-Only area of the Society’s website, IrishAncestors.ie. The Early Irish Marriage Index will also continue to expand; at the last count it had 31,612 entries, holding more than 75,000 names, all free to access in the public area of the website.
Two exciting lectures have been lined up for the London Open Day on Saturday 10 May – details and booking arrangements will be added to the website (About/Events) before the end of the month – and we may also be able to confirm details of the Ireland Branch Spring lecture in Dublin at the same time or shortly afterwards.
Before then, we will see publication of The Irish Genealogist 2013. It’s a month or two late, but it’s also the largest volume for 25 years, which may have had something to do with the delay!
January is, of course, the start of the new membership year, which means that subscriptions for 2014 are now due. These can be paid by PayPal (if you are paying by credit or debit card, you don’t need a PayPal account to take advantage of this secure and easy-to-use payment facility) or you can set up a standing order arrangement and receive a small discount on your subscription. Whichever your preferred method, please renew as soon as possible via the online Shop.
A new password to the website’s Members Area will be issued at the end of March to all those members whose subscriptions are up to date. This will be followed in early April by the upload of another big collection from our unique Library holdings to the Members’ Area. Some new and very useful members-only discounts will also be introduced at that time. We’ve negotiated these discounts directly with product and database suppliers to make sure membership of the IGRS remains outstanding value.
The Society is certainly in good shape as 2014 gets underway. Let’s hope it proves to be another good year for Irish genealogy, with even more records being discovered or made more readily accessible to researchers.
Very best wishes to all members and researchers.