Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Cobh Genealogical Project charges for searches

Some of the Bandon registers have been sent to the Cobh Genealogical Project to be computerised, microfilmed and then forwarded to the RCB library. I have discovered that anybody wishing to access those records while they are being transcribed will have to pay euro 25 for each simple search - in my opinion, a rip off considering that you can consult the records for free at the RCB. For those looking for further information about the project, there is information on the Diocese of Cork Church of Ireland website

A couple of us are gradually computerising the records in the Bandon area and will offer the information for free. We have completed a number of these but still have some to do including some of those which have now ended up in Cobh. Had we known that there was a charge, we would have been vocal in resisting the transfer of these records.

We understand how difficult it is to get to the RCB especially for those who are based abroad. Anybody close to London who is researching Cork ancestors should remember that the Michael Leader collection at the Irish Genealogical Research Society has transcriptions of most of the parish records. This library is open on Saturday afternoons. There is a modest fee to become a member. One of the volunteers is from Bandon.

Some of the records from the following churches in Bandon area are now at the Cobh Project.
Ballinadee
Brinny
Innishannon
Knockavilly
Rathclaren

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