Wednesday, 18 December 2019

New Irish collections added to FamilySearch; English collections updated

The following new Irish collections have been added to FamilySearch (

Ireland, Catholic Qualification & Convert Rolls, 1701-1845
New indexed records collection (52,060 records)

Microfilm of original records at the Public Records Office in Dublin. During the 1700's, Catholics were restricted from owning property, holding public office, and voting. Due to these restrictions some chose to renounce their religion and convert to the Church of Ireland. In addition to church rites participation, they were also required to file a certificate in a court of law. Multiple courts had the authority to grant these rights. Courts include: King's Bench, Common Pleas, Quarter Sessions of the Peace, and Assizes. The original rolls were kept by the Chancery Court Rolls Office until 1867, at which time they were transferred to the Public Records Office. The original documents were destroyed by a fire in 1922, but these calendars survive.

Ireland, Memorial Record: World War I, 1914-1918
New indexed records collection (49,646 records)

Ireland's World War I Memorial Records preserve the identity of Irishmen that participated in World War I. This collection covers the entirety of Ireland and includes almost 50,000 records. These records were compiled by the Committee of the Irish National War Memorial and published in 1923. This collection was made in collaboration with FindMyPast. Additional information can be found at:

The following English collections have also been updated:

England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898
Added indexed records to an existing collection (2,233 records)

England, Oxfordshire Parish Registers 1538-1904
Added indexed records to an existing collection (17,454 records)

England, Yorkshire Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1613-1887
Added indexed records to an existing collection (1,286 records)

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