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This month we bring you new records in the form of parish records from County Down and we review a great book which will help with your Irish family history research. We also look back on our online famine memorial and preview what is coming up on findmypast.ie in the next month.

Get Down! with our new parish records

This month saw the addition of County Down Parish Registers to findmypast.ie. They are from the First and Second Presbyterian Meeting Houses and the Church of Ireland, and Catholic churches of Annaclone/Anaghlone and Ballyroney, near Banbridge, County Down. The records date between 1819 and 1913 and include baptisms, marriages, burials, communicant rolls and a register of graveyard plots. Many of these records include townland information, the basic building block of Irish family history. If you had ancestors in County Down they are certainly worth a look!

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Book Review

Let us introduce you to a book that will be of great use for finding your Irish ancestors. Tracing your Irish Family History on the Internet is a practical guide to researching Irish genealogy online. It covers the whole of Ireland, north and south and contains case studies demonstrating how online records can be integrated with other research. We are giving away a copy in this month's competition (see below) but if you can't wait until then you could always purchase a copy of your own.

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What you may have missed?

To coincide with the National Famine Commemoration 2013, this month we have launched an online commemoration of how An Gorta Mór affected every aspect of Irish life. Explore records from the time of the Great Irish Famine (1846-1852) and discover your ancestors who lived through it. If you missed it, you can still take a nostalgic look back into the greatest single tragedy in Ireland’s history now.

What's coming up?

Next month, we will be marking the day when we lost so many historic records with the destruction of the Public Records Office in 1922 by highlighting what was lost, what survived and what alternatives are available. This will include some exciting initiatives and exclusive offers. Keep your eyes peeled to Facebook and Twitter for more information in the coming weeks.

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May Competition

This month, we’re giving away a copy of Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet. To enter, just send your answer to the question below to competition@findmypast.ie with your answer in the subject field and your name and address in the body of the email. We’ll select the winner at random and announce on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ on Wednesday 26 June. Good luck!

Q. Alexander Ratcliffe had a burial plot in Co. Down in 1895. What was the name of the townland?

Hint: You will find the answer in the record set 'Ireland Down Ballyroney Presbyterian burial plots 1895'

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We wish you luck with your research,
The findmypast.ie team
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