Fw: Ireland's General Register Office Records Finally to G o Online
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Sent: Friday, May 24, 2013 11:21 AM
Subject: Ireland's General Register Office Records Finally to Go Online
> [May 23, 2013 - from Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter]
> I received the following note from Steven C. Smyrl FIGRS, MAPGI, the
> Executive Liaison Officer for the Council of Irish Genealogical
> The Irish government has announced that indexes to birth, death & marriage
> records which date from 1845 are soon to be made available through its
> genealogy portal www.irishgenealogy.ie. This is terrific news, announced
> CIGO's 21st year, the year in which it 'comes of age'.
> Founded as the GRO Users Group, but soon after renamed the Council of
> Genealogical Organisations, CIGO began life as a direct response to the
> government announcement that the General Register Office (which holds
> Ireland's civil records) was to be transferred out of Dublin to Roscommon
> town. CIGO's successful lobbying quickly secured a commitment from the
> Department to retain a public search facility in Dublin and thus laid the
> foundations for its many acknowledged successes over the following 20
> With reference to the GRO, particular note should be made to CIGO's part
> securing provision of improved family data in Irish death registrations on
> both sides of the border.
> Included in the newly published Social Welfare and Pensions (Miscellaneous
> Provisions) Bill 2013 are amendments to section 61 of the Civil
> Act 2004. These amendments will allow the Minister for Arts, Heritage &
> Gaeltacht to make provision and legal framework for BMD indexes to be
> online. However, at this stage it isn't clear where the cut-off year will
> fall. What constitutes 'historical' as opposed to 'modern' records has not
> yet been released.
> The announcement that BMD indexes will go online follows that recently
> by GRONI (General Register Office for Northern Ireland) about its own
> records going online in the late autumn. Under provisions in the Civil
> Registration Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 - which CIGO was invited to give
> oral evidence on at bill stages - GRONI will be making 'historic' indexes
> and records available online for the first time on a pay-per-view basis.
> By contrast, data on the Irish government's genealogy portal is free. In
> welcoming the announcement Steven Smyrl, Executive Liaison Officer for
> and current President of the Association of Professional Genealogists in
> Ireland, said "This is terrific news. CIGO has lobbied long and hard for
> better access to civil records for genealogists and historians.
> "It doesn't surprise me that this has finally happened under the current
> government. The two ministers involved in this decision, Jimmy Deenihan TD
> (Heritage Minister) and Joan Burton TD (Social Protection Minister) are
> keen genealogists. In particular Mr Deenihan has proved to be fully
> supportive of the genealogy lobby since before he came to office in 2011.
> "This move will make Irish genealogical research easier and no doubt play
> its own part in stimulating roots tourism."
> For Irish genealogists everywhere this is most welcome news!