Kerry will have an advantage over other counties when it comes to the digitisation of its parish records.
Kerry’s records go back to the 18th century where records in most other areas only date back as far as the 19th century.
The National Library of Ireland says the digitisation of parish records should transform and greatly enhance genealogy services in Ireland.
Acting Director of the National Library, Catherine Fahy says the Library’s holding of parish records are considered to be the single most important source of information on Irish family history prior to the 1901 Census.
Up to now, they have only been accessible on microfilm and, as such, those interested in accessing the records had to visit the National Library.
Now people can access parish records on www.registersnli.ie
Ciara Kerrigan project managed the launch: