Looking to spend St. Patrick's Day looking into your Irish family history and ancestry? You're in luck because millions of records have been made available for the Saint Patrick's Day weekend only!

Hurray for Saint Patrick's Day and Ancestry.com! The ancestry and genealogy site has made its entire Irish Heritage collection, some 80 million records, available for free for the whole of the Saint Patrick's Day weekend. 

St.  Paddy's Day is always a good time to start your research on your Irish heritage and in 2018 it has just been made all the easier with the availability of this wealth of historical records. 

Included in the release are such important collections as Ireland, Select Catholic Marriage Registers, 1775-1912 and Ireland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1620-1911, as well as Ancestry’s new Boston Irish Catholic Collection.

Read more: How to plan the ultimate ancestry trip and trace your roots in Ireland

If you don't already have an account with Ancestry.com, you can easily sign up for a free one to avail of the weekend-only offer and take advantage of this fabulous St Patrick's Day gesture from the site. A heads up, however, that you will not be able to view the records if you attach them to a family tree once the offer ends on Monday. 

If you are just getting started on you Irish heritage exploration, IrishCentral has plenty of info here on how to get yourself going and the best places to do your search. 

Amazing news that millions of Irish family research records are available for free over the weekend. iStock