November 29, 2020
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Kilkenny roots – new register of births, marriages and deaths goes live

By COLIN BARTLEY

A NEW online register of births, marriages and deaths is available to Kilkenny people today.

The latest historical registers were released via https://www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/. By logging on to the site people from Kilkenny can now freely access the registers of:

  • Births from 1864 to 1918;
  • Marriages from 1864 to 1943;
  • Deaths from 1878 to 1968.

The greatly enhanced online register was announced this morning by the Department of  Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

Culture Minister Josepha Madigan said the records will be of great assistance to anyone tracing their Kilkenny ancestry.

“Anyone wishing to research their family history now has a veritable treasure trove of records available at the click of a button and I’ve no doubt that these additional records will continue to help unlock many mysteries that people have been trying to solve for years,” she said.

“The addition of further years of historic registers of births, marriages and deaths on the website www.irishgenealogy.ie is an exciting development in family history research for Irish people here and all Irish descendants around the world.”

More than 2.1 million visitors have accessed the website and viewed the records since the on-line service was made available to the public in 2016.

Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty said the new register is a vital tool for anyone of Irish ancestry around the world who are seeking to trace their family roots.

“I am delighted that through the co-operation of two Government Departments we can expand the range of records available to those wishing to find out more about their family history.  The Civil Registration Service is one of the State’s essential services and one of the greatest resources for those establishing their family histories,” she added.

“Providing this open and free access to older records and register entries will further support the efforts of many family historians throughout the world.”

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