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Using the Index of Irish Wills 1484-1858

The index is accessed through the web browser which is probably already on your PC. It requires Internet Explorer version 4.x or Netscape 4.x. If you do not have one of these browsers a copy of Internet Explorer 5 is included on the CD.

The following is a brief look at the Index.

1. The Home Page

The home page gives the user access to information about the publication, how to use it, technical support, and most importantly the data itself.

2. The Standard Search

To search the index, users can select three search forms. The Standard Search Form (above) allows users to search the index for a variety of different types of information. In this example, the user is searching for Henry O'Brien.

3. Search Results

The search results are displayed as a list at the bottom of the screen. Clicking on each name will display the relevant information in the main view area. In this search example 8 records have been found with the name Henry O'Brien. The record selected relates to a shopkeeper from Clogheen, Co. Tipperary, who died in 1842.

4. The Map

There is also a composite map of counties and dioceses on the CD which will help users to locate place names throughout Ireland. To access the map click on 'Map' on the top menu, then click on the region you want to magnify.

5. Ordering Copies of Documents

This index also enables users to order copies of the original records on-line. To do so click the 'add to cart' button which appears at the bottom of each record. The item will then appear, along with the price, on the left hand side of the screen.

Once a user has decided what records they would like to order they can click the 'on-line' button to order over the Internet. This will connect them with Eneclann's web site as follows:

Here they can submit their contact and credit card details so we can process their order immediately, taking it directly to the National Archives.

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