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Ireland 1864 to the present - Civil Registration Births

Births in Ireland were recorded by the government beginning in 1864. All people born in Ireland should be recorded in the civil records. Online indexes are free to search but a copy of the certificate will cost about fifteen dollars when ordered from the government.

Civil registration birth certificates began in 1864. The birth certificates usually give the child's name, etc. etc. etc..

Before searching for birth certificates, know:

  • First and last name of the child
  • About when the child was born
  • The county and parish of birth

More information that will help you find a birth certificate:

  • Full names of both parents
  • Father's occupation
  • Mother's maiden surname

Ireland Civil Registration Birth Certificate 1880.jpg

Step 1.  Search an Index
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FreeBMD is a database of births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales compiled from civil registration records. The index can be searched online for free.

Step 2.  Obtain a copy of the record[edit | edit source]

After searching an index and finding what appears to be a relevant entry, obtain a copy of the marriage record/certificate. An index entry may provide enough detail to help answer a question but the additional details on the certificate will provide critical clues for successful and accurate research.

The national registrar provides an easy method for ordering a copy of a certificate online.

Step 3.  Add new details to your notes
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Add the new details learned from the marriage record to your note keeping system and share with others on New FamilySearch. Be sure to document where the new information came from.

What to do if you don't find your ancestor[edit | edit source]

A marriage certificate will show:

  • Marriage date
  • Age of the bride and groom
  • Rank or profession
  • Father's name (bride and groom)
  • Registration district name
  • Parish or place of marriage
  • Names of bride and groom
  • Marital condition of bride and groom
  • Residence at time of marriage
  • Father's rank or profession
  • County where married
  • Names of witnesses