findmypast.ie Aims To Help The Diaspora Discover Their Irish Roots
Released on: November 09, 2011, 9:32 am
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Findmypast.ie, the world's newest family history site, is
aiming to provide the 80 million people that are part of the Irish
Diaspora with the easiest possible way of researching their Irish
Findmypast.ie is a joint venture between brightsolid, the Scottish based experts in
the digitisation of precious records who own and/or operate a family of sites
including findmypast.co.uk, ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk as well as the Friends Reunited
Group, and Eneclann, an award-winning Trinity College Campus Company based in
Dublin. In 2009 Eneclann made it their objective to digitise what they felt was the
greatest untapped Irish genealogical resource, The Landed Estate Court Rentals. They
approached brightsolid online publishing with their proposal and from this,
findmypast.ie was born.
Launched in Dublin in May by the Irish Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Jimmy Deenihan, the new site aims to increase its current collection of records from
almost 10 million to over 50 million within the next 12 months, making it the
world's most comprehensive online database for Irish family history research.
At the launch Brian Donovan, Director of findmypast Ireland, commented: "This is a
major achievement. By teaming up with findmypast.co.uk and brightsolid, we are
bringing Irish history to life for millions. These remarkable records are available
online to researchers and family historians all over the world for future
generations. We are committed to publishing family history records which provide
more than simply names and dates, instead describing what your ancestors did and how
One of the most significant set of records available on findmypast.ie is the Landed
Estate Court Rentals records. Up until now, the biggest problem with the Landed
Estate Court rentals has been access. Although used by professional Irish
genealogists, the microfilm records stored at the National Archive of Ireland were
difficult to use unless the name of an ancestor's landowner was known.
With the permission of the National Archives and an agreement to allow free access
to the digitised images in five years' time, the 100,000 microfilm images were
taken, digitised, indexed and placed online at findmypast.ie.
The critical information contained in these catalogues are the rentals, especially
the lot descriptions. The details often include:
- Names of tenants
- Map reference
- Yearly rent in pounds, shillings and pence
- Day rent is due: labelled as "Gale days"
- Size of plot: in acres, roods and perches
- Length of tenure
Previously, the amateur family historian would have been content to discover names
and dates associated with their ancestors, but genealogists have now found new
windows into the past. The Landed Estate Court records are an example of this as
they provide not only names and dates but key facts about ancestors' lives. These land and estate records
include information on where they lived, who they lived with, what their lodgings
were like and what the area in which they lived was like.
Findmypast.ie is the world's most comprehensive Irish family history website,
providing easy-to-search, online access to some of the most significant Irish
records that have ever been made available, including census records. This new
site is a joint venture between two experts in the field: findmypast.co.uk, one of
the leading family history websites and part of the brightsolid family, while
Eneclann is an award-winning Trinity College Campus Company specialising in
genealogical and historical research and the publication of historical records.Based in Dublin, findmypast.ie has a dedicated team committed to providing the best
experience possible when researching Irish family history.
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