Oh, no! the website has been updated, now can only search with +/- 5 yrs instead of 20 yrs, the wild card does not appear to work and you have to enter at least one first name or any combination of the child's/parents' first names to search.
Searching now is going to much more difficult.
also they added a subscription option ranging from €25 p.m. for 1 month, to €18.75 p.m. for 1 year
removing the wildcard option is going to make searches more difficult..
And a subscription service!
€25 for a month
T&Cs include a fair usage policy:
We have a fair usage limit for subscribers, but we deliberately set it very high (1,000 views in 1 month; 7,000 views in 6 months; 15,000 views in 12 months. If you do manage to reach the limit, you will need to wait for the next calendar month of your subscription to start searching again (when your monthly limit is automatically reset).
If you have existing credits in your account purchased in the last 12 months under our previous service of Pay Per View credits (and our previous terms and conditions) you can continue to use them to search and view records on the site until they are used up. However, the Pay Per View service is being closed down and no further purchases of credits can be made commencing 24th September, 2014.
If you wish to use the Subscription Service we will facilitate you in converting the remaining Purchased Credits in your account against the value of any of the three subscriptions offered. However, on conversion of your paid credits into a Subscription your Pay Per View free search credits will also expire.
When you choose to use your Existing Purchased Credits towards purchasing a Subscription you are accepting that your previous contract with us under the Pay Per View system is null and void. Any remaining free search credits will not be carried over to the new Subscription service. You will not be able to return to the Pay Per View service once you have used your remaining credits towards purchasing a Subscription. However, any records that you have paid to view in the previous 24 months will still be available to you to view. These records will be deleted from your account 24 months from the date that you purchased them using the Pay Per View service as per the terms and conditions that were in effect when you purchased the credits.
Once you have used your credits towards paying for a subscription of your choice you will be accepting the terms and conditions of use of the site as they relate to the Subscription Service only.
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That's a shame. Their search engine was one of the best things out there for Irish records. Having to enter a first name makes it difficult to the point of useless for how I used to use it.
Yes, I was just checking. You should be able to search with just a surname. Since they've moved to a subscription model, what difference does it make?
I don't know but I think I might ask. It's almost like they punish people with their new model.
So does this mean that you can download as many records as you need within 1 month for 25Euros?
much easier to find possible siblings with wildcards, or even blank firstnames - not sure why they've restricted that for the subscription model as it will just make people do more searches to find the details..
I just tweeted them about it.
plenty of other options out there, and i have dont mine, without the use of that site.
still getting used the search validation, but it looks like any one first name will do for a search - child, father or mother
and at least you can still do a marriage check, although the 5 year window is a bit restricting sometimes
We were perhaps spoilt with the old window without realising it.
Nothing on the old, or new, systems could be considered "spoilt" - it was chronically dear and still is!
The +/-5 yr window is very restrictive when you didn't even have to input any year before. Searching is going to take much longer.
I have read the Ts & Cs but still can't see how many records that you can download during the month's sub. 1000 searches seems reasonable.