Have you taken a look at the new FamilySearch Pilot website yet? It is well worth checking regularly as millions of records are progressively being added to this free site. In particular, the 23 million birth, marriage and death records for Ireland will be of great interest to many family historians. These records cover Protestant marriages 1845-1958 and marriages for other denominations plus births and deaths 1864-1958 for the whole of Ireland.
Browse what’s currently available on the site by clicking on the relevant section on the world map. There are no records from Australia yet but there is a large collection of material from the United States and a growing collection of records from Europe including Norway, Germany, the Netherlands and England.
If you’re researching family history in Ireland, the chances are you will find some of your ancestors’ names on the Irish Family History Foundation’s website. Their Online Research System has indexed over 10 million births, marriages and deaths from 18 of Ireland’s counties.
Visit their website at http://www.irish-roots.ie/ and register your details. You can then click on the map of Ireland to begin your search. The results list is free but you need to pay to view the full details.
This map of Ireland shows the current coverage of the database. The website is still under development, with more refined searching planned for the future and more counties coming online all the time, so it’s worth checking the website regularly.
Map reproduced with the kind permission of www.irish-roots.ie