Eire Force
A new online service provides unprecedented access to Irish records.
The luck of the Irish apparently didn’t carry over to genealogy: Those tracing roots in Ireland have to contend with the catastrophic loss of records in 1922 and challenges in accessing surviving documents. But a growing service could make your work much easier. The Irish Family History Foundation’s (IFHF) online databases give you easy access to nearly 15 million church, vital and census records—most of which were previously unindexed and never before online.
Although most censuses from 1821 to 1851 and Church of Ireland parish records were lost in that 1922 fire at Dublin’s Public Record Office, some did survive. Catholic records—which remain in the custody of local churches—escaped the fire but are often difficult to access.