300 years of Catholic parish registers go online

geneologyThe US Ambassador says the publication online of parish records from the 18th and 19th centuries will increase the number of Americans visiting Ireland.

Over 370 thousand images of Catholic registers from the 1740s to the 1880s are now available online at nli-dot.ie

Its the biggest ever digitisation project by the National Library of Ireland, which up to now held the microfilm in Dublin.

Ambassador Kevin O Malley says it will provide a huge boost to those looking to trace their heritage;