RootsIreland has expanded its database with a substantial collection of historical records this August, enriching the available resources for those exploring Irish heritage. The new additions in August 2023 cover various regions and time periods, shedding light on significant aspects of Irish history.

In an effort to provide a comprehensive view of Kerry’s past, RootsIreland has included over 25,600 new Roman Catholic baptismal and marriage records from the county. These records offer valuable insights into the lives of individuals and families during pivotal periods. Notably, the Killorglin Marriages records spanning from 1798 to 1851 & 1884 to 1911 encompass 7,986 entries, providing a window into the institution of marriage during times of social and political change. Additionally, the Ballyheigue Marriages records from 1858 to 1900 (1,142 records) and Dingle Baptisms from 1823 to 1899 (16,521 records) further contribute to our understanding of the local population’s significant life events.

The expansion also encompasses Clare, where an array of birth, baptism, and marriage records have been incorporated. The Bridgetown Civil Birth Records from 1881 to 1941 (2,500 records) add a civil perspective to genealogical research, offering details beyond the religious records. The New Quay RC Baptism Records spanning from 1846 to 1900 (2,102 records) offer insights into religious practices and naming traditions. Furthermore, the Bodyke RC Marriages (1832-1900) and Carrigaholt RC Marriages (1832-1900) records provide a glimpse into marital unions within these communities.

South Mayo’s historical records have also received attention, with entries spanning several decades. Baptism records from the Ballyovey CofI parish (1829-1918) and Kilvine RC parish (1908-1923) provide a lens through which demographic changes and religious practices can be studied. The Marriages and Deaths records from Ballyovey CofI parish contribute to the understanding of life cycles and social structures within the community.

The addition of nearly 10,000 Armagh records significantly enhances the database’s coverage of this region. The Seagoe CI baptism, marriage, and death records (1672-1821) serve as a historical cornerstone, offering a comprehensive view of key life events over the centuries. The Seagoe CI Hearth Rolls from 1662 provide insights into property ownership and demographics. Meanwhile, the Seagoe CI Landholders records from 1709 shed light on land distribution and ownership patterns. The Montiaghs CI baptism records Register 4 (1851-1867) contribute to a more recent perspective on religious practices in the area.

The additions to RootsIreland’s database provide researchers and genealogists with an extensive and diverse set of records to delve into the intricate tapestry of Irish heritage. From religious practices and familial ties to social structures and property ownership, these records offer a sobering and factual lens through which to explore the past.

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