Subscription / Pay-per-View Websites
There are several websites that are either subscription or pay-per-view (PPV) using purchased "credits" - investigate the options on the relevant pages of each site.
- Roots Ireland = The Irish Family History Foundation's (IFHF) site for online access to births, marriages, deaths and some other selected records for most of the counties of Ireland (excluding Carlow, Dublin City, Kerry and Cork (South) which are covered by the free Irish Genealogy site.) This is now a subscription only site with no more free searches allowed. This site enjoys a bit of a monopoly on a lot of church records and is not without its flaws (see some of my thoughts previously posted.) Bear in mind that there are no record images available for you to check yourself, only transcriptions. The coverage is by no means complete for every county - check the sources page for each one very carefully BEFORE you start searching as there may be none of the types of records you seek at all, especially burials!
- FindMyPast Ireland = FindMyPast Ireland or FindMyPast UK with a worldwide subscription appear to provide access to the same Irish data sets on either site - study their prices to see what works for you. There was a lot of online chatter last year about how they "dumbed down" their search interfaces and I will admit I'm not a fan of the current style, but if you persevere there are some good resources on this site - check out their Irish data sets.
- Ancestry = With a Premium subscription from the UK site you have access to their Irish datasets. Some like the Civil Registration Indexes are available on other sites, but I prefer the search screens on Ancestry. One of the real finds for me last year on this site were selected Irish Catholic Parish registers, although you will probably have to dredge up some of your schooldays Latin!
Northern Ireland Only
- GRONI = PPV site for civil registrations of births, marriages and deaths. You will have to register and purchase at least 1 credit to be able to search the indexes. There are some quirks to the site so be sure to read the search advice carefully. I've made my own observations at "NI BMDs - GRONI v the rest" and Chris Paton has plenty to say about the site under the GRONI label on his blog, British Genes.
- Emerald Ancestors and the Ulster Historical Foundation are both commercial sites that appear to have the usual BMD records and their own unique offerings. I've not really used either site much and with the launch of the GRONI site for BMDs, study what else they have on offer to decide whether they are good value for you.