Farrar's Index to Irish Marriages 1771-1812 (on CD)

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Christopher

Farrar's Index to Irish Marriages 1771-1812 (on CD)

Post by Christopher » 07 Sep 2007, 15:34

Henry Farrar's Index to Irish Marriages 1771-1812, published in two volumes in 1897, details all the marriage entries (over 12,000) in Walker's Hibernian Magazine 1771-1812. There are few other surviving records for this period in Irish history. This means that Farrar's Index is of exceptional genealogical value as it records names, addresses and some cases occupations of the couples. It often lists the names and details of their parents (particularly the fathers of the brides). The dates and places of marriage are also recorded, and occasionally a lot of additional detail for selected marriages. There are an estimated 20,000 names included in the two volumes which also include an Appendix by Sir Arthur Vicars of the births, deaths and marriages recorded in the short-lived magazine Anthologia Hibernica 1793-94. There are around 1,350 records in this section. In total the books contain approximately 22,000 names in their 547 pages.

The majority of the information is derived from "The Hibernian magazine: or compendium of entertaining knowledge", a monthly magazine established in 1771 until it ceased in 1812. It was the main general Dublin journal for this period and covered many topics, from news and current affairs to fashion and the arts. As a consequence it was the main publication for the announcement of marriages.

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