On Thursday, September 8, new vital records (called civil registration in Ireland) will be available for those researching their Irish ancestors.1 I am excited about this. These new records will cover:
- Deaths (with a 50 year privacy restriction).
- Marriages (with a 75 year privacy restriction).
- Births (with a 100 year privacy restriction).
Keep in mind that civil registration started in 1845 for Protestant marriages (1864 for the balance), and 1864 for birth and deaths.2 These records are being made available through IrishGenealogy, a free website on 8 Sep 2017 at 5:30pm, Irish Time. For those of us in the US, that would be the afternoon (so in the Central time zone it would be 11:30am). I am making a note in my planner now!
I am hoping it will help my find out what happened to Ellen (Fehine) O’Connell. I have no clue if she left Ireland with Denis and her children or if she stayed behind. There is a tombstone in the old Dromtarriff Cemetery for a Ellen Connell, which was put up by her son John. I need to verify exactly who she is. Hopefully, these new records will give me a clue to two to make a final determination.
I hope you are able to find something good in these new records! If you do, come back and let us know.
Irish Genealogy, Coming Soon to IrishGenealogy.ie, 1 Sep 2016 ↩