Significant Update to Society’s Early Irish Birth Index

Following the recent update of the Society’s Early Irish Death and Marriage Indexes, the Birth Index has been updated. With this latest tranche of data, the Birth Index doubles, now noting just over 20,000 entries drawn from lesser known and underused sources for confirmation of birth in Ireland.

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This update includes several thousand records taken 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 age and parents’ names are recorded at time of their profession of faith, allowing for an approximation of their year of birth.

Additionally, there are entries noted from a census-substitute dated 1887 recording the Roman Catholic residents of the parish of Kirkinriola, Co. Antrim, into which the town of Ballymena falls. Also, there are entries drawn from ‘Emigrants from Ireland, 1847-1852:
state-aided emigration schemes from crown estates in Ireland’, edited by the late Eilish Ellis and published in 1960 by the Irish Manuscripts Commission in its journal, Analecta Hibernica .

Roz McCutcheon, who coordinates for Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes said of the latest update: “Whereas so many sources concentrate almost solely on men, it is good to be able to redress the balance to some degree by adding biographical details of so many women. This latest update adds 10,000 additional entries to the database, representing many hours of work by those who contribute to the project. Thank you to all concerned.”

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

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