It seems the civil registration records for Northern Ireland are going online.
According to Claire Santry’s blog Irish Genealogy News, ‘historic’ birth, marriage and death records for Northern Ireland are to be digitised and made available online by 2013.
Civil registration began in Ireland in 1845 for non-Roman Catholic marriages and in 1864 for births, deaths and Catholic marriages. Claire has been told that the records will be available online from:
The cut-off dates are very similar to those for viewing digitised images of Scottish records on the ScotlandsPeople website. By 2013, these will be 1855-1912 for births, 1855-1937 for marriages and 1855-1962 for deaths.
So, good for Northern Ireland! Let’s hope the Irish Republic follows suit (actually, it digitised its civil registration records some time ago, but hasn’t made them available online).
Perhaps the British Government will be shamed into getting a move on with its digitisation programme for English and Welsh civil registration records. Noticeably, it’s the devolved governments of Scotland and Northern Ireland that have taken the initiative here. Why the English and Welsh record digitisation (has that been completed yet?), indexing and availability online can’t be outsourced to Find My Past, Ancestry or The Genealogist, I can’t imagine. I would have thought that would appeal to David Cameron.