Genealogy news round-up: Early Irish Marriage Index expands

By Jon Bauckham, 21 July 2016 - 4:54pm

Plus: Norfolk parish records added to Ancestry; FFHS seeks board members; Essex teens revamp award-winning website; GRONI search room reopens

Early Irish Marriage Index expands

A free online database containing details of thousands of Irish marriages has hit a new milestone.

Compiled by volunteers from the Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS), the Early Irish Marriage Index now boasts more than 80,000 entries, together providing the names of Irish brides and grooms as far back as the 1600s.

The most recent additions to the database were garnered from a CD published by the Catholic Family History Society, featuring biographical details of more than 14,000 nuns. In many cases, the nuns’ dates of birth and the names of their parents were recorded, enabling volunteers to work out the approximate year in which the couples had married.

Find out more and search the records here.

Norfolk parish records added to Ancestry

Millions of historic Norfolk parish records have been published on Ancestry.

Digitised from original documents held at Norfolk Record Office in Norwich, the four new searchable collections provide details of baptisms, banns, marriages and burials in the county dating back to the 16th century.

The same records are also available to explore on both TheGenealogist and Findmypast.

Federation seeks new board members

The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) is seeking additional trustees to take up places on its Board.

As well as increasing the number of FFHS trustees overall, the organisation is also looking to replace members who will be standing down from their positions over the next 12 months. Applicants should already belong to a family or local history society and must be willing to take an active ‘hands-on’ role in promoting the aims of the FFHS on a voluntary basis.

To find out more about the application process, click here.

Essex teens revamp award-winning website

An award-winning digital history archive run by two Essex teenagers has undergone a major redesign.

Liam Heatherson and Joe Mander, both aged 19, have created a new version of their website Beyond the Point, which features an array of articles, photographs and video documentaries about historic places in south-east Essex.

Read the full story here.

GRONI search room reopens following certificate surge

The General Register Office for Northern Ireland (GRONI) has reopened its search room to the public.

As blogger and genealogist Chris Paton reports, the Belfast facility was forced to close after staff struggled to deal with the number of people requesting birth certificates for Irish passport applications – a surge widely attributed to last month’s Brexit vote.


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