The Irish Family History Foundation (IFHF) has announced a new website for Roots Ireland (formerly the IFHF Online Record Search System), as well as new advanced search facilities.
The IFHF says: “Our county genealogy centres provide Ireland’s largest genealogical research service, both online and via commissioned research services. We would like to welcome all our users, new and old, to our newly designed website. We hope that this updated site will be more user friendly and allow you to advance your family history searches.
“Among the new features is an improved help section, a pilot advanced search facility and a news section. We will also be highlighting new publications and events relating to genealogy, local history, tourism and culture. If you have not visited the site in a while please log in and take a look. You will find new data and a new search facility. We will be adding many new records to the site in the autumn.
“The Advanced Search adds a number of fields to the search criteria for Birth/Baptism and Marriage records and changes the way you pay to view the full details of these records. The new search facility is available on a pilot basis for searching the data of the following counties only: Cavan, Fermanagh, Galway West, Kildare, Kilkenny, Tipperary North, Tyrone, and Westmeath.
“With Baptism/Birth searches, in addition to all the search fields in the Standard Search, you can now also search by Mother’s First Name and Mother’s Surname, by combining this with the Father’s First Name and Surname it allows you to easily find all siblings within the same family. With Marriage searches, in addition to all the search fields in the Standard search, you can now search by Spouse’s First Name, Spouse’s Surname, Father’s First Name (please note that the names of parents may not been recorded in the original record).
“When using the Advanced Search option you cannot purchase individual records unless only one match is located. You will be able to purchase the entire record set located at a reduced cost. By entering as much detail into the search form as possible you can narrow your search to produce as few as matches as possible. You can then decide to purchase all these records at a reduced cost.”