Online “Irish Family History Day” Launched with 21 Million B, M, & D Records Released

The following excerpt is from an article by Rachel Laird, published in the January 19, 2012 edition of Irish Central:

Dublin-based announces inaugural day to celebrate launch of massive genealogy resource

Family historians will be able to access 21 million birth, marriage, and death records free of charge, on Thursday 24th of January. based in Dublin, at the heart of Irish family history are hosting the inaugural “Irish History Family Day,” to celebrate the launch of the records online.

The family history website will publish records covering the island of Ireland from the 1800’s right up to the 1950’s. carries the most detailed and throrough collection of records ever seen in one place.

Cliona Weldon, General Manager at, said: “The addition of 21 million new birth, marriage and death records to our website on “Irish Family History Day” means we will now have more than 60 million Irish records on our website – including census and parish records – for people to easily navigate and discover their past, no matter where they are in the world. There has never been a better time for people to explore and discover the details of the lives of their Irish ancestors.”

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Records of Pensioners of British Army by the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham Digitized and Posted by

The following is a teaser from an article in the the December 26, 2012 edition of It’s interesting in that it features a British soldier wounded in the Battle of New Orleans – a battle that actually occurred after the offical end of the War of 1812 between the United States and Britain.

THE RECORDS of a Wicklow soldier, Private Hugh Burke, one of the so-called ‘Green Redcoats’, have been published online for the first time by leading family history site

These records are part of a major collection of newly digitised records of those pensioned from the British army by the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.

The records contain the names and discharge documents of almost 20,000 soldiers held at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham from 1783 to 1822. The task of cataloguing the records took a team of 14 people from the Friends of The National Archives volunteer group just over three years and includes the records of 19,109 soldiers.

Among them is Private Hugh Burke from Wicklow, who was pensioned from the army on the 26 June 1816 after four years’ service. He was deemed unfit for further service after receiving ‘a gunshot wound to the left shoulder received in action near New Orleans in America on the 8th of January 1815’.

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