Civil Registration

Civil Registration include records for births, marriages and deaths. Irish civil registration records are indexed and cover the entire population for a given period. They are an excellent source for researchers.

Prior to 1864, churches kept all records of births, marriage and deaths in Ireland. As early as 1845, the government began requiring registration of all non-catholic marriages. In 1864, all registration records were recorded by the governement.


In Ireland, civil registration is recorded by district. The district office records the information and then forwards a copy to the appropriate General Register office.

For Republic of Ireland records, please contact the General Register Office located at Joyce House, 8-11 Lombard Street East, Dublin 2, Ireland. For Northern Ireland records contact the General Register Office, Oxford House, 49/55 Chichester Street, Belfast BT1 4HL, Northern Ireland. When requesting a registration by mail make sure to include a check or money order for the search; the full name and sex of the person sought; the names of parents, if known; and the approximate date of the event.

The LDS Church also has microfilmed copies of civil registration in Ireland up to 1958 (Ireland) and 1959 (NIR).




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