Ireland Research Guidance: Death 1619-1863

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Ireland | Death | 1619-1863

Search Strategy

Search the following records in the order given.

1. Church Records: Church records

Church records are the christenings or baptisms, marriages, and burials recorded in registers by church officials at the time of an event. Burial records give the name of the deceased and the date and place of burial. If the deceased was a child, the father's name may also be listed in the record.

2. Census: Census

A census is a count and description of the population. Government census records are especially valuable because they list the majority of the population and are available at many repositories. In these records you may find names of the members of a household, gender, and each person's religion, marital status, relationship to the head of the household, age, address, occupation, and county of birth. Though many Irish census records have been destroyed, those that survive can provide clues that may lead you to other records.

3. Census Substitutes: Census

Census substitutes are lists of individuals in a specific place at a given time. Various lists have been compiled by church and civil authorities to determine such things as the religious makeup of the population, an assessment of military readiness, the number and identity of eligible voters, or those persons receiving charity from the church or government. Due to the loss of many government census records, census substitutes are especially valuable.
What you are looking for
Your ancestor's name in census substitute records.

4. Marriage Certificate: Civil registration

Civil registration is the government registration of births, marriages, and deaths. In these records you may find the names of the bride and groom, ages, marriage date and place, marital status, fathers' names and occupations, the occupations and residences of the bride and groom, and the names of witnesses. Protestant marriages were recorded from 1 January 1845. All marriages were recorded from 1 January 1864. Civil registration marriage records cover most of the population and are indexed countrywide. Use the national index to identify and obtain a copy of a marriage certificate.