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This month we highlight our Ashes to Archives initiative, which marks the destruction of the Public Records Office of Ireland in June 1922, when a huge number of historical records were lost. As part of this, we are offering you free access to Irish birth, marriage and death records from 27 to 30 June 2013. We also bring you over 2.5 million new court records in our Irish Petty Sessions Court Registers 1828-1912 this month and much more…

Irish family history: Ashes to Archives

On 30 June 1922, during the Irish Civil War, the Public Records Office of Ireland was severely damaged by fire. A huge number of historical records were lost that day making Irish one of the most challenging ancestries to pursue. Our Ashes to Archives initiative marks the anniversary of that momentous day by highlighting what records were lost, what survived and the millions of amazing alternatives available to you when tracing your Irish family history.

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The best things in life are free

As part of our Ashes to Archives initiative, Irish birth, marriage and death records 1845-1958 are available completely free to search and view on findmypast.ie from 27 to 30 June 2013. The starting point for any Irish family historian, BMD records mark the main milestones in your ancestor’s life. Remember, they won’t be free for long, so log onto findmypast.ie from Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 June and see what additions you can make to your family tree.

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2.5 million new court records

This month, we have bolstered our Irish Petty Sessions Court Registers 1828-1912 with an additional 2.5 million new records. There are 44 new courts in 19 Irish counties and a further 55 courts have been supplemented by records from different years. Did your ancestors have their day in court?

The numbers don't lie

Want to see how many records are on findmypast.ie at a glance? This nifty new graphic allows you to do just that. From immigration and travel lists to Irish directories, see what’s what with our near 70 million Irish family history records all in one place with this cool illustration.

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June competition

This month we’re giving away a six-month Ireland subscription to findmypast.ie. 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 24 July. Good luck!

Q. Charles Moohan married Anne Duffy in 1893. In which registration district did the marriage take place?
Hint: You will find the answer in the record set Irish Marriages 1845-1958

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