A data strategy to develop an online archive of Irish records has been launched.

The initiative is the brainchild of Familyrelatives.com and is intended to assist family historians and ordinary members of the public who wish to trace their family history.

The contact data management project will involve the uploading of Irish Wills 1536-1857 and the Irish Genealogical Guide as well as Land Records Ireland among other sources.

The website's 10 million records will be online by the end of the year.