Jan Meisels Allen
In honor of Irish-American Heritage Month MyHeritage is offering free worldwide access to all Irish records on their website March 5-22. While no time zone is given for the cut off time, based on past practices assume it’s the US Central time zone ( remember the clocks get changed in many states this Sunday AM at 2AM).
To search their records go to:
When the window opens on the right side there is a list of the Ireland collections with a green “FREE” written next to it.
The actual records are not there but a transcript of what MyHeritage has –at least in the several examples I tried.
If you hit the button that says free trial you will be invited to provide your credit card information. This is NOT the Free world wide access for this promotion.
MyHeritage also built a dedicated webpage that includes facts about Irish heritage, information about their Irish collections, and a search bar so users can easily search the free Irish record collections directly from the page. To access that page go to:
If you try to access record collections not offered during this Free Irish records promotion or after the promotion is over, you will be invited to subscribe with a free trial for 14 days which may require you to provide your credit card information. The Irish Records Promotion does not require your credit card information.
Jews in Ireland
While always a small Jewish community in Ireland it is an established community. In addition, a number of Jews immigrated to Ireland in the late 19th and 20th centuries whose families were from central Europe, due to the pogroms, and especially from Lithuania. Jews also stopped in Ireland along the way to immigrating to North America—and may have lived there for a few years. You never know what an Irish record may reveal!
I have no affiliation with MyHeritage and am sharing this solely for the information of the reader.
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee