The Irish Family History Foundation (IFHF) has announced that the advanced search facility is now available on all-Ireland searches.
The IFHF says: “You can now carry out an all-Ireland advanced search on the main search page at the RootsIreland website. Counties Limerick and Sligo are not participating in the advanced search facility and will be excluded from the results of an advanced search on the all-Ireland site.
“The advanced search facility is also available for each county centre’s data with the exception of Counties Limerick and Sligo. The standard search will continue to work across all counties.
“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.
Additional Search Fields – Births/Baptisms
“In addition to all the search fields in the standard search, you can now search by:
- Mother’s first name;
- Mother’s surname.
“Combining this with the father’s first name and surname should enable you to find all siblings within the same family.
Additional Search Fields – Marriages
“In addition to all the search fields in the standard search, you can now search using any or all of the following:
- 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);
- Father’s surname;
- Mother’s first name (please note that the names of parents may not have been recorded in the original record);
- Mother’s surname.
“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.
“Before you undertake an advanced search, please consult the ‘sources’ for the county you wish to search to see what data is available to search online.
“When you perform a search using the advanced search facility, the number of matching records located relating to the exact search criteria entered by you will be displayed, e.g. 2 matches, 3 matches, 10 matches etc. The system will not display any details pertaining to the records.”