PROVO, UT, April 14, 2008 — Eneclann, Ireland’s leading historical electronic publishing company, recently partnered with FamilyLink.com, Inc. to add the Index of Irish Wills 1484-1858: Records at the National Archives of Ireland and The 1851 Dublin City Census to WorldVitalRecords.com’s online genealogy collection.
“We have been heavily involved in Irish genealogy, history, and heritage for the past ten years,” said Brian Donovan, CEO, Eneclann. “We are excited to continue to preserve the wealth of Ireland’s heritage and further our reach by partnering with FamilyLink.com, Inc.”
The 1851 Dublin City Census index was compiled by Dr. D.A. Chart in the early 20th century from the original census records, which were destroyed in the 1922 Public Record Office fire. Chart’s index contains the names and addresses of 60,000 heads of household from 21 civil parishes. The index also includes scanned images from the original 1847 Ordnance Survey Town Plans to help users identify specific addresses. Since the 10th Irish Census was destroyed, Chart’s 1851 Census of Ireland has emerged as a useful substitute.
The 1851 Dublin City Census is unique in that family members absent from the household on census night were also included. This information is particularly useful for genealogists trying to track approximate dates and routes of migration.
The Index of Irish Wills 1484-1858 contains the name of the persons leaving the wills, or being covered by a grant of probate or administration; the location where the document was proved; their addresses; and sometimes their occupations. The names of approximately half of the executors, along with their addresses are also included.
The Irish Wills Index is important because most of Ireland’s wills and other testamentary records were destroyed in 1922. The staff at the National Archives of Ireland have spent more than 80 years trying to recover from that loss by getting replacement copies of records. Approximately 90 percent of the index contains testamentary records such as wills, probate, and administrations, while 10 percent includes records such as marriage licenses and assorted genealogical abstracts.
“Since meeting Brian Donovan in 2006, we have been anticipating a close partnership with Eneclann. We met Brian again in late 2007 at the Eneclann offices in Dublin,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, FamilyLink.com, Inc. “The quality of the Eneclann team was evident, and we are excited to work with such a great group of people committed to historical research and archive management.
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Eneclann is a Trinity College Dublin campus company providing a range of professional services in the historical, heritage, archive and records management sectors. Founded by history graduates Brian Donovan and Fiona Fitzsimons, Eneclann was accredited as a Trinity College campus company in 1998. Also in that year Eneclann won first prize in a campus company development award sponsored by UCD and the Dublin Business Innovation Centre. Starting from a core business of historical research consultancy, Eneclann now has three distinct areas of business operations: Historical Research – House Histories and Genealogical Research, E- Publishing & Digitization, and Records and Archive Management.
About FamilyLink.com, Inc.
FamilyLink.com, Inc. is a family of services that includes WorldVitalRecords.com, FamilyLink.com, and the We’re Related application on Facebook.com. The focus of the company is to provide innovative tools to connect families.
Founded in 2006 by Paul Allen and several key members of the original Ancestry.com team, WorldVitalRecords.com, Inc. provides affordable access to genealogy databases and family history tools used by more than 600,000 monthly visitors. The site registers 9.4 million monthly pages views and has more than 25,000 subscribers. With thousands of databases–including birth, death, military, census, and parish records–WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy to fill in missing information in your family tree. Some of its partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, Archive CD Books Australia, Gould Genealogy, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, Archive CD Books Canada, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Genealogical Publishing Company, Find My Past, Godfrey Memorial Library, Find A Grave, and FamilySearchâ„¢. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.