2.5 million historic records of Births, Marriages and Deaths from the General Register Office have been made available online for the first time.
Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar and Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys launched the records yesterday evening.
The records include those of legendary Antarctic explorer Tom Crean from Annascaul in West Kerry.
Among the records are the birth, marriage and death register entries for Tom Crean, whose grandson Brendan O’Brien joined the Ministers at the launch event yesterday evening in the National Library.
The online database also includes death registers for the Leaders of the 1916 Rising, including James Connolly, Thomas Clarke, Padraig H Pearse and Eamon Ceannt.
Speaking at the launch, Minister Leo Varadkar said it was fitting they were joined at the launch by the grandson and great-grandson of one of the greatest polar explorers of all time.
He said these records also provide an incredible insight into the 1916 Rising which helped to create the modern Irish State.
IrishGenealogy.ie now contains over 12.5 million Index records linked to 2.5 million historic registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths since 1864.