Wednesday 19 October 2011

Irish prison registers to be released

FindmyPast Ireland ( will be releasing a major collection this weekend, and Claire Santry has suggested that it will be the Irish prison registers on her Irish Genealogy News blog at

I suspected this was to be the release, but there has been no official confirmation as yet. Like Claire, I know little about the source, other than the fact that in February Eneclann's Brian Donovan announced in America at the RootsTech conference that the collection was being digitised (see The records will apparently contain the names of 4-6 million people from across the 19th century, including victims and their families, though Claire provides a more formal date range of 1790-1924.

If you have Irish ancestors, now might be a good time to pray that some of them were bad boys - if so, you may find out more about them imminently!

(With thanks to Claire, Audrey Collins for the RootsTech news, and the BI-Gen blog)


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