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Online Resources[edit | edit source]

  • 1845-1958 Ireland Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958 at FamilySearch - index
  • IrishGenealogy at - index, images. Births: 1864-1921, Marriages: 1845-1946, Deaths: 1871-1971
  • RootsIreland ($) Limited coverage for both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
  • GRONI ($) Official government website. Access to both indexes and originals for Northern Ireland, 1922-present.

Births[edit | edit source]

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Deaths[edit | edit source]

Microfilms[edit | edit source]

Event FHL or FHC
Births: (Click link then scroll down)
Republic of Ireland

1864–Mar 1881; 1900-1913; 1930 -1955

Northern Ireland

1864–Mar 1881; 1900-1913;   1922-1959

Marriages: (Protestant only) (Click link then scroll down)
Republic of Ireland 1845–1863
Northern Ireland 1845-1863
Marriages: (all marriages) (Click link then scroll down)
Republic of Ireland 1864-1870
Northern Ireland 1864-1870; 1922-1959
Deaths: (Click link then scroll down)
Republic of Ireland 1864-1870
Northern Ireland 1864-1870; 1922-1959

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

  • Before civil registration, Church Records were kept on the island of Ireland to keep track of baptisms, marriages and burials. Protestant records often stretch back to the 18th century, while most Catholic records begin around the time of emancipation in 1829.
  • In 1845, civil registration was begun in Ireland for non-Catholic marriages only, before being extended to births, deaths and marriages for people of all religions in 1864.
  • A unified system of civil registration then operated until the partition of Ireland, after which Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland kept their own records with different formats and information.

Information Recorded in Civil Registers[edit | edit source]

Record Type Start Date Record Content
Births 1864
  • Child’s name
  • Sex
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Parents' names--including mother’s maiden name
  • Father’s occupation and place of residence
  • Informant’s signature, residence and qualification (often the relationship to the child being registered)

1845, Non-Catholic

1864, all religions

  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Names of bride and groom
  • Ages--frequently given as “full age” meaning over 21
  • Occupations
  • Marital statuses
  • Residences at the time of marriage
  • Names and occupations of their fathers, and sometimes whether their fathers were deceased (this is not consistent)
  • Signatures of the bride, groom, and witnesses.
  • Denomination of the church where the marriage was performed

Marriages were usually performed in the bride’s parish and were registered by the performing minister, priest or registrar. In the Irish Republic since 1956 both parties’ dates of birth and parents’ full names have been recorded in addition to the future intended town or country in which the couple intend to reside.

Deaths 1864
  • Name
  • Occupation
  • Age at death
  • Marital status of deceased
  • Date, place and cause of death
  • Duration of illness
  • Signature, qualification, and residence of the informant.

For a married or widowed woman a spouse’s name is sometimes recorded. Where a child has died, the child’s occupation is often given as “son or daughter of …”. In the Northern counties, the father’s names of unmarried adult females are often recorded. Since December 2005 in the Irish Republic the deceased’s date and place of birth and parents’ full names are recorded. In Northern Ireland, since 1973 death records have stated the deceased person’s date and place of birth.

Registration Districts[edit | edit source]

The basis for civil registration in Ireland is the registration district, and all records are arranged by these districts. They usually include many villages, meaning the Index data alone cannot determine the precise place of an event. However the original may mention more specific localities, especially for residences.

The website of John Grenham has a Place Search Feature that gives information about which administrative subdivisions a place is located in, including Registration Districts.

S. Wilson has a registration district search function, by county or district name, which will provide information on the district boundaries, parishes within the district, and adjacent districts with a map.

Ireland, Civil Registration, County/Volume Arrangement. and Ireland, Civil Registration: Additional Information About the Indexes. are useful articles for further information about using indexes and the way records are arranged in FamilySearch films.

1850 Civil Registration Districts[edit | edit source]

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Research Tutorials[edit | edit source]

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Naval Records: Marriage Certificates[edit | edit source]

These can be used to locate marriages where location is hard to establish. The records cover about 4% of the population.

Record type:

  • Transcripts of marriage certificates. Note: A regulation required married officers to submit marriage certificates as a condition of eligibility of their wives for widow's pensions.
  • Time period: 1801-1902.


Location: The National Archives
Ruskin Avenue
Richmond, Surrey

Overseas and Military Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

For guidance in searching for Irish ancestors who were born, married, or died overseas, please see the "Overseas and Military Civil Registration" section under England Civil Registration.

Additional Information[edit | edit source]

For more information about the indexes, see Ireland, Civil Registration: Additional Information About the Indexes. For tips on searching the indexes, go to Tips on Searching the Civil Registration Indexes.