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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course Research: Irish Ancestor  by Dr. Penelope Christensen. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).

Civil Registration Of Birth, Marriage and Death

Chart: FHLC (fiche version) Entry for Certificate Films – showing end of index list and beginning of certificate list

Ireland. General Registry Office.
Births, 1864-1955. -- Salt Lake City: Filmed by
the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1953-1954,
1960-1961. -- 1031 microfilm reels: 35mm.
Microfilm of original records in the General Registry, Custom House, Dublin.


Index of Births
FHL film 0101079
Births v.1
FHL film 0101080
Births v.2
FHL film 0101081
Births v.3
FHL film 0101082
Births v.4
FHL film 0101083
Births v.5
FHL film 0101084
Births v.6
FHL film 0101085
Births v.7
FHL film 0101086
births v.8
FHL film0101087

On the fiche version an 'X' on the right of the Film Number means that this film has been extracted and thus entries will appear on the IGI. If the entry is on the IGI, then the Page Number from the Place column can be used to quickly locate the correct entry.

Using Request for Photocopies Form

This is the least expensive method, and works for those civil registration certificates which have been microfilmed by the LDS Church. Note: You will need to quote the actual film number (not the batch number). The page number is helpful but is not given on the online IGI.

Chart: How to Find Film and Page Numbers

Source For Your
To Find Film Number
To Find Page #
IGI fiche version
Use Batch Number Index
Given in IGI Place column
IGI DOS version
Use Sources section
Given on Details section
IGI online
This is the Source Call
given with entry
Not given. Check
another method
Civil Registration
Note year + volume from
index, then use FHLC –
Given on Civil Registration index

You will need to quote the District but you do not need to give the county. Now obtain form PFGS2192 Request for Photocopies - Census Records, Books, Microfilm or Microfiche from your FSC or download from (Note: There is a similar form PFGS3264 for IGI entries - do not use that one here.) Complete and send to the address in Salt Lake City. There is a minimum order fee so collect at least two items to send for at each time.

Republic of Ireland

The legal currency of the Republic of Ireland is now the Euro (€). Visa and Mastercard are accepted by mail but not yet online. Send index details (year, quarter, volume and page #) and fees to:

Civil Registration Service
General Register Office
Government Offices, Convent Road
Roscommon, Republic of Ireland

The website of The General Register Office lists the search fees and certificate prices, a history of civil registration in Ireland and a rather small map showing the Civil Registration Districts = Poor Law Unions.

Alternatively you may send to the appropriate local registrar whose addresses are given in Chart 12. Days and hours of opening, telephone numbers and updates to addresses can be found online. Local registrars can be especially helpful in sorting through several entries to find the correct one if you send additional details such as an address, parents’ names or occupations. District offices can now supply certificates from all districts for the following events:

  • Births all Ireland 1864-1921
  • Births Eire 1922-date
  • Marriages Eire 1920-date
  • Deaths Eire 1924-date


Information in this Wiki page is excerpted from the online course Research: Irish Ancestor offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. To learn more about this course or other courses available from the Institute, see our website. We can be contacted at

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