We launched on May 5th with an event in the National Archives Dublin attended by the Jimmy Deenihan T.D., Minister of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Loyola Hearn, Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, along with many of the most important members of the Irish Genealogy community. We now host the most extensive collection of Irish land records available anywhere online and are a valuable resource for those 80 million people worldwide who claim Irish ancestry. Read some of the comments from some of the speakers on the night below:
Chris van der Kuyl, CEO brightsolid, comments: “The launch of findmypast.ie marks a significant step forward in reinforcing brightsolid’s position as one of the world’s leading genealogy businesses. Globally there is a huge population of people with Irish ancestry and this site will provide a much needed resource for those seeking to trace their family history. By stepping beyond the traditional records we intend to be able to answer the question “what did they do?” rather than just “did they exist?” and we are committed to launching over 50 million records over the next 12-18 months.”
Brian Donovan, CEO Eneclann, comments: “We are looking forward to working with brightsolid on this venture. With the combined expertise of Eneclann and brightsolid we are able to offer a truly comprehensive service to those looking to trace their Irish ancestors. Findmypast.ie will host some of the most significant Irish records that have ever been made available and we are thrilled to be part of this project.”
Congratulating the joint venture partners for making this website available, Jimmy Deenihan T.D., Minister of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, says: "The provision of easy access to as many genealogical records as possible is very important. I want to acknowledge also the involvement of the Mormon Church. I am confident that this project will help to bring to life how our ancestors lived. Indeed, I am particularly pleased that the 'free access' principle will be maintained for important State records after the initial 5 year period and I applaud the very interesting and creative partnership that enabled today's event to take place. "
We've been busy working out little bugs and attending the National Genealogical Society Conference in Charleston, South Carolina since but keep checking back for updates on new records which we'll be putting up on a regular basis.