Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ireland's Archives Collections Have A New Home

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

A new portal started today, March 4 for the Irish Archives Resource (IAR): http://www.iar.ie. The public may now search a wide range of Irish archives online. The IAR is funded by the Heritage Council of Ireland and is supported by the Archives and Records Association (Ireland).

The National Archives of Ireland, also has a genealogy section:
http://www.nationalarchives.ie/genealogy/beginning.html where members of the public can consult a professional genealogist about sources relating to their family history. Many of the collections listed on this portal will contain information of interest to genealogists and family historians. Items such as rental ledgers, wages and salaries books and employee records can often contain references to people whose lives have otherwise gone largely unrecorded. The National Archives, established on 1 June 1988, took over the functions previously performed by the State Paper Office (1702) and the Public Record Office of Ireland (1867).

While we may not think many Jewish ancestors came from Ireland, remember some may have stopped in Ireland on their route to Canada or the United States.

Thank you to Saul Issroff who alerted me to the posting by Dick Eastman in the Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter who first reported on the new
portal.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Director-at-Large
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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