Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

11/4/2012

Ireland, Catholic Parish Baptisms, 1742-1881

This database contains an index extracted from baptismal registers from Roman Catholic parishes in Ireland.

Though the Church of Ireland, a Protestant denomination, was the established state church from 1536 to 1870, Ireland’s population remained overwhelmingly Roman Catholic. According to the 1861 census, almost 78 percent of the population was Catholic; by 1891, this had risen to 89 percent. This fact makes Catholic parish registers, when available, particularly valuable sources for Irish family history, both before and after civil registration began in 1864. for more click here

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