Saturday, October 08, 2005

Irish Genealogy Database Generation Behind Schedule

One of the reasons that it has been so difficult to find information on our Irish Lynch and Hopkins ancestors is that birth, death and marriage information prior to 1864 is kept at the parish level. Even if you can narrow down their home to a county, that leaves dozens of parishes.

There is an Irish genealogy project "supposed to result in most church records of births, marriages and deaths being entered on a computer data base". Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter reports that the database, supposed to be completed next year, is "running behind schedule" and won't be completed for another 20-25 years. I could probably go through all the parish records myself in that time.

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