The entire collection of Catholic Parish register microfilms held by the National Library of Ireland ( NLI ) will be made available on-line - for free - from 8th July 2015 onwards. On that date, a dedicated website will go live, with over 390,000 digital images of the microfilm reels on which the parish registers are recorded
The NLI has been working to digitise the microfilms for over three years under its most ambitious digitisation programme to date.
The parish register records are considered the single most important source of information on Irish family history prior to the 1901 Census. Dating from the 1740s to the 1880s, they cover 1,091 parishes throughout the island of Ireland, and consist primarily of baptismal and marriage records
The NLI`s Ciara Kerrigan, who is managing the digitisation of the parish registers, said : "We announced initial details of this project last December, and received a hugely enthusiastic response from people worldwide with an interest in Irish family history.
We are delighted to announce that the project has been progressing well, and we will be able to publish all the digitised records on-line from 8th July onwards "
With thanks to Irish Roots 2015 issue no 94 2nd quarter for the above information