Ancestry Free Access Irish Heritage Records Through March 17 #announcements #records

Jan Meisels Allen



Ancestry announced FREE access for its 200 million Irish heritage records through March 17 11:59p.m. ET in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.  To access the site go to

You will be required to register with your name, email address and password. No credit card information will be requested.


To view the featured collections go to:


When you fill-in the search field you will be taken to a new window. The matches will appear and click on the one you want to open. When it opens you can click save to your computer in the green box on the upper right corner. There is also an icon with tools where you can print or download.


After the free access period ends you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections with a paid Ancestry World explorer or All Access membership. If you try to access records not included in the featured collection you will also be invited to subscribe.


There is also a link to a free guide, Calling Your Irish Immigrant Ancestors ,


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 Ancestry and am posting this solely for the reader’s information.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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