Tuesday, February 2, 2016

More Good News for Irish Genealogists

If you are an Irish genealogist and have been frustrated by not having your Monaghan County records available to search on Roots Ireland, it is time to celebrate. 8,000 records have been added to the immense collection that is available on Roots Ireland. 

It is not free to use Roots Ireland, at a minimum it is going to cost $28 for a one month subscription. Now this may seem a bit high but, the records are indexed. You can search at Roots Ireland and then head over to the National Library of Ireland Catholic Parish Records and go to the exact record. If you have all the time in the world, you can do it for free at the NLI but it takes hours and hours. In my opinion, having access to the index is well worth the $28 price. 

However, having said that, don't do it willy nilly. Have all the information you want to find organized and be methodical in your search. Also be prepared to try alternate spelling and possible errors in transcription. I was stymied by Tallent being transcribed as Talon and Moran as Horan in the index. 

Good luck with your search or ádh mór as our Gaelic speaking ancestors would have said.

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