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Board Name: Ireland Genealogy
Steven Smyrl UK Dec 31, 1999
If you are interested in Irish ancestry then you will be interested in the
Council of Irish Genealogical Organisation's (CIGO) petition. Researchers
of ancestry in Ireland have long been frustrated by the service at Dublin's
General Register Office (GRO) and the out-dated mode of access to its
records of birth, death and marriage which date from 1845. CIGO is
compiling a petition to lay before the Minister of Health, the Irish
government department under which the GRO comes, to request that microfilm
copies of the registers and indexes to 1900 should be made available free of
charge at the National Library of Ireland.

The Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations is a voluntary non-profit organisation concerned with all issues affecting the practise of genealogy on the island of Ireland. It was founded a number of years as a result of the Irish government's proposal to de-centralise the General Register Office to Roscommon town. Since then it has been active in all areas of genealogy, bringing problems and suggestions to the attention of the various Irish archive offices and bodies. In addition it provides a forum for discussion and interchange of ideas among its various constituent members as well as addressing concerns generated at government level in both administrative areas of Ireland. Most of Ireland's principal genealogical bodies are members of CIGO. Associate membership is open to overseas societies and applications from them are welcomed. The current chairman is Steven C. ffeary-Smyrlis the delegate of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland. (The office chairman is rotated among all the Irish members).

If CIGO can achieve the petition's aim it can then put pressure upon the Department to release the pre-1900 records on microfilm to other national and inter-national libraries and archives. We need your help. Please visit CIGO's
web-site (address below) and sign the petition.


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