This summer a further tranche of Irelandâ€™s historical Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths records have now been made available to view free online atÂ irishgenealogy.ie.
Births are available already from 1864 to 1918 and marriages from 1864 to 1943; and now death records ranging from 1878 to 1968 have been added to the free website.
Â This digitisation process is part of a joint initiative by the Departments of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.
Â The records were prepared and uploaded by the Civil Registration Service and officials from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
Â Minister for CultureÂ Josepha MadiganÂ described this addition of further years of historic registers of births, marriages and deaths as â€œan exciting development in family history research for Irish people here and all Irish descendants around the world.â€
Â She noted how â€œsince this online service became available in 2016 over 2.1 million visitors to the website have viewed these records.â€
Â Minister for Social ProtectionÂ Regina DohertyÂ described the Civil Registration Service as â€œone of the Stateâ€™s essential services and one of the greatest resources for those establishing their family histories. Providing this open and free access to older records and register entries will further support the efforts of many family historians throughout the worldâ€.
Â Research by theÂ ancestry.ieÂ has established how these historic registers show that many of our ancestorsâ€™ jobs have become extinct.
Â Included would be that including a snob, someone who repaired shoes; a knocker upper, whose job was to tap on the windows of workers to wake them for work ;and rat catchers who, as the name suggests, had a job catching rats in a specific area.
Â Also gone is the job of lamp-lighter, responsible for lighting and extinguishing street lamps around cities and towns; the linotype operator, who used hot metal to produce the daily newspaper; elevator opeator; fishwife – a woman who sold fish; town crier, who shouted news at street corners; and, a tweenie or junior domestic maid who helped older housemaids and cooks.