You probably thought I fell off the face of the earth, but I have just been busy with family and getting ready for the research trip to Ireland in two weeks.
Back on August 13th I wrote about the Ombudsman's report titled "Hidden History? - The Law, the Archives and the General Register Office." My question was, will it do any good? Well, it seems like the GRO, without any fanfare or public announcement has slightly changed its policy regarding the number of certificates which can be obtained each day. It has gone from five to eight. Although not a big change, it signals movement and that's great.
FindMyPast.ie has announced two new databases. The Irish Times Index 1859-1901 focuses primarily on Dublin (although it does cover all of Ireland) and provides an index entry giving the date of the article, the newspaper section (i.e., police report, law report, birth, obituary, etc) and page number. You would then need to obtain a copy of the article. If you have a subscription to Newspaper Archives (or can access it through your local library) you can use the index entry to find the article. You can also subscribe to the Archive at the IrishTimes but it's expensive (€10 for 24 hours).
The second database is listed as Catholic Registries." I haven't found a good explanation of what is included in this database, but I'll keep looking and let you know.
Finally, the new issue of the free genealogy magazine, irish lives remembered is available and you can go here to download it. This issue focues on counties Louth and Limeick, and has an article on Joe Biden's Irish roots. Enjoy!