does any one know how useful Roots Ireland subscription is as it's reduced for a few days by 25%

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I am looking for Irish ancestors and although the Irish Gov site is good I can't find all I need Has anyone used the roots subscription and able to comment on value?

Thanks
in The Tree House by Anon Cormack G2G3 (3.3k points)

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Even with the discount, if your not using Euro's or $US its still expensive, RootsIreland take their information from the Catholic Parish registers which are freely available on the National Library of Ireland website as does Family Search, FMP and Ancestry, etc., etc. However if you have difficulty reading handwriting or latin, or you don't have the time, or the patience, or the inclination, or any idea which parish your family come from, or your becoming despondent with your research, or you find yourself totally up against that proverbial brick wall, and you have had a win at the races or the lottery, then you might find it good value, so treat yourself to an early Christmas present.  They will have that same 25% offer again in a couple of months.  Their transcriptions are reasonably good and they do include variants in surnames, their presentation is good and you can also save records.  They do have a list in the online sources of what records they have and the time period covered arranged via counties, which is well worth checking before purchasing anything.  Apart from Roman Catholic their records also cover Church of Ireland, Presbyterian, Baptist, Congregational, Society of Friends/Quaker and some Registry Offices, apologies if I've left anyone out!

If your looking for "Ryan" or an even more popular surname (if there was ever one) its pretty easy to go through your limit of views. 

Last time I checked they did not have records for a lot of parishes in Co. Cork and Co. Kerry.  The Irish Genealogy website is pretty good for Civil Records and Cork and Kerry records - https://www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/   

Hope this helps.

by Erin Ryan G2G6 Mach 1 (13.9k points)
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RootsIreland is the biggest source of church records. For Catholics it has early registers not covered by registers.nli.ie. Their RC registers generally go up to 1911, about 30 years later than registers.nli.ie, this can prove invaluable as civil registration was a bit patchy to start with.

RootsIreland also cover Church of Ireland. Irishgenealogy.ie covers Dublin, Cork, Kerry, and Carlow to varying degrees, and there are also some COI registers transcribed on familysearch. About 100,000 more records are currently being digitised, they will probably end up on irishgenealogy.ie too.

RootsIreland cover other denominations too which is very useful as records for these are spread far and wide.

The limitations? All their records are transcripts, there are no images of the originals. They don't cover Kerry or Cork.
by John Falvey G2G6 (9.4k points)

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