THE first register of burials in the city’s St Finbarr’s Municipal Cemetery on Glasheen Road from the 1800s has been published online.
The City Council and Cork City and County Archives announced the publication of the burials dating from February 25th 1868 to June 12th 1896.
Digitised with support from the Cork City Creative Ireland Programme and the local authority, the register is available in searchable format on www.corkarchives.ie. It contains a wealth of genealogical and historical information concerning those buried, both Roman Catholic and Protestant, since the cemetery opened in 1868.
The online availability of the register is a major boost for those researching their Cork ancestry. Not only does the register record where 5,875 people are buried at St Finbarr’s Cemetery, it also records the deceased’s religion, occupation, place of birth, last place of residence, and marital status.
Cork Genealogical Society chairman Ed Wallace said: ‘Many locals and overseas visitors researching their forebears will be extremely happy with this new free online database available at the archive website. People always visit cemeteries when they find where their ancestors are buried and as St Finbarr’s is big, this will make it easier to find family graves. With more records becoming available a lot of research can now be done in Cork.’
Named after the 6th century bishop and patron saint of the city and the diocese of Cork, St Finbarr’s Cemetery is the city’s largest, and one of its oldest, cemeteries.