Why Paper Notices
Civil registration in Ireland began in 1864. Before that the principal source for births, maniages and deaths is parish records. However many of these are available only in Ireland, most are not indexed and almost a thousand parish books were destroyed in the Four Courts fire of 1922. Newspaper notices therefore fill an important gap in the records available to a genealogist from abroad. Moreover, notices sometimes provide more information than entries in parish records (See A Typical Notice).
Freeman’s Journal was one of the leading Dublin newspapers from its founding in 1763 until 1924. Its birth, marriage and death notices cover all of Ireland and include people from other parts of the United Kingdom (often with an Irish connection), the British Empire and even occasionally North America. Our index currently covers the period from July 1817 to September 1823.