Many Unique Irish Family History Records are Free This Week Only

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Many Unique Irish Family History Records are Free This Week Only

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is offering all of its Irish records free of charge from Aug 2 – 9th. Read their release below for information about how to access this great collection. 

Many believe that researching Irish ancestors is impossible because of the destruction of the Public Record Office (PRO) in Dublin in 1922. While many records were destroyed in that devastating fire, other sources, such as deeds and Catholic Church records, were never stored in the PRO and still exist. A lot of Irish genealogical material has come online in recent years, and the growing list of Internet research options has resulted in many more people finding their ancestors in Ireland.

Experts at New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) know the best resources for Irish genealogy and can teach you to use them effectively. During the Irish Resources FREE Access promotion from NEHGS—beginning Tuesday, August 2, and effective through midnight (EST) on Tuesday, August 9—Guest Users can browse and use a wide variety of Irish records, articles, subject guides, and webinars.

During this free access promotion, users can search unique collections such as Irish Immigrant Advertisements, 1831-1920, and the NEHGS-exclusive database The Annals of Beara, The Session Book of Aghadowey, 1702-1725, plus many more.

With expert resources from NEHGS, found exclusively on, family history enthusiasts can learn tips for navigating the sometimes challenging course of finding Irish ancestors. A free, hour-long webinar on NEHGS Irish Resources, an online subject guide to locate key resources and records in Irish genealogy, and popular articles from our award-winning American Ancestors magazine with fascinating insights about Irish and Irish American genealogy are all available during this Irish-themed promotion from American Ancestors.

Throughout the period of August 2 through August 9, these and other Irish genealogical resources on the website of NEHGS are FREE to Guest Users at Unlimited access to all one billion plus records on and other benefits are through membership at NEHGS.


Image: An old Irish bag-pipe, once popular in the Emerald Isle – in a home in Cork, Ireland. c1904. Library of Congress

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  • Donna
    August 6, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    disappointed. I didn’t think this was just a effort to have people sign up for things.
    not free records being available.
    this is the first time I have commented to this new email

  • Donna
    August 6, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    disappointed. I didn’t think this was just a effort to have people sign up for things.
    not free records being available.

  • E.L.
    August 4, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Turns out you have to sign up to access the records. This is not a very helpful site.

  • DarDuncan
    August 3, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    In the above article, follow the text link to then click on the “Don’t Leave it to Luck” link. Sign up for FREE access. Easy peasy!

    • DarDuncan
      August 3, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      Seems a card number is required, even for the FREE access. I didn’t bother filling out the form.

  • Abby
    August 3, 2016 at 9:26 am

    A bit hidden in the text: “With expert resources from NEHGS, found exclusively on, ……”

  • Karen Bingham
    August 3, 2016 at 4:37 am

    Agreed, where are the records please?

  • mMary Beggan Mueller
    August 3, 2016 at 4:12 am

    looking FOR THE “FREE” iRISH RECORDS THIS WEEK……where are they????? Confusing site.

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