July 8th: a special Irish genealogy gift for my birthday this year

Today’s press release from Ireland stated that on July 8th I will receive a special birthday gift! Well, those aren’t the exact words of the press release. However, I know that it was scheduled for that day just for my birthday!

As the press release stated:

“National Library of Ireland Announces Launch Date for New Online Genealogy Resource
– Almost 400,000 images of Catholic parish register microfilms to be available online for free from 8th July 2015 –
The entire collection of Catholic parish register microfilms held by the National Library of Ireland (NLI) will be made available online – for free – from 8th July 2015 onwards. On that date, a dedicated website will go live, with over 390,000 digital images of the microfilm reels on which the parish registers are recorded.”
Ireland map

Read the full press release on the National Library of Ireland’s website.

I am already making my list of what I will be looking for in those parish records. Let’s see, the counties I know for sure are Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Cavan, Leitrim, and Donegal. Cork is a maybe. Now to list all the individual surnames, Bowler, Cauley, Cook, Fee, Fitzgerald, Green, Griffin, Hanley, Keegan, Laughlin, O’Donnell, McAndrew, Moriarty, Ryan, Rowan, Walsh, Welch, and others to be discovered.

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