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Record Description

This index is an electronic database of information. The entries are primarily from the International Genealogical Index (IGI) along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as:

  • Family Records
  • Church Records
  • Civil Registration

It may also include indexes generated by the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church.

There may be entries that cite a specific source such as the following:

  • "Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850: a Family Register for the People" by James Arnold
  • "Paul Dingwell Genealogical Collection" by Paul Dingwell
  • A county or state vital record registration

These entries are in this collection for one of the following reasons:

  • They were submitted by private individuals to the LDS Church and as such are part of the IGI resulting in their inclusion in this index.
  • They have been indexed through the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church. If this is the case, the index they are a part of has been included as part of this database.

The Vital Record Index databases are not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records although some sub-indexes (an index to a set of records within the database) have been found. When we identify a sub-index, we remove it from the database and post it separately on FamilySearch under its appropriate title.

This index is not complete for any particular place or region.

This index covers events from 1620 through 1881. 

For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 2001, some of the entries were published on 16 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the "British Isles Vital Records Index: England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales." This is an index of some births throughout Ireland. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored the indexing of this collection to help individuals find information about their ancestors.

Church records and civil registration were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were born, married, or died in Ireland.

Citation For This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

Genealogical Society of Utah. Ireland, Births and Baptisms. Index based on data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.

This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in birth index entries may include:

  • Name of the child
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Christening date (if the source is a church record)
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

Coverage Table

This collection is a partial index of records for the localities listed below as of April 2010. The table below shows the number of records by locality. Localities not listed may not have any records in this collection.

Most of these records date from the time period indicated in the columns below; however, there may be records before and after these dates. Record counts where the locality information was incomplete are included below under the country name. Because of this, you may wish to search only by country.

As this is an index of records compiled from various sources, it is strongly recommended that you verify the information in original records. Due to privacy laws not all records may be displayed.

Locality Births, 1864-1881 Marriages, 1864-1870 Deaths, 1745-1870
Antrim 129,983 44,445 2,603
Armagh 44,999 5,108 568
Carlow 9,375 924 18
Cavan 52,217 5,740 3
Clare 72,529 3,588 522
Cork 238,839 24,776 4,767
Donegal 59,566 9,219 149
Down 132,603 33,025 1,487
Dublin 132,157 13,063 1,863
Fermanagh 17,706 6,386 2
Galway 78,768 6,860 889
Ireland 1,068,605 122,169 30,531
Kerry 104,977 17,630 1,888
Kildare 17,463 1,319 16
Kilkenny 29,511 1,941 206
Leitrim 24,139 1,632 6
Limerick 49,007 14,043 2,198
Londonderry 47,608 14,629 558
Longford 14,082 2,443 0
Louth 36,799 2,893 3
Mayo 137,019 6,576 657
Meath 41,445 2,115 4
Monaghan 25,906 6,900 175
Roscommon 37,731 28,440 96
Sligo 54,043 12,083 126
Tipperary 51,621 7,467 160
Tyrone 55,738 5,557 594
Waterford 40,624 4,472 511
Westmeath 17,655 10,890 2
Wexford 38,664 4,639 632
Wicklow 16,251 3,472 15
Total 2,877,630 424,444 51,249

How to Use the Record

For a collection that is searchable by name:

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

Use this index to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.

In birth or christening records, if a surname is not listed for the child, the indexer often assigns the father’s surname to the child. This surname may not be correct. So if you are looking for a birth or christening, search by the given name of the child, adding parents' names and as much locality information as is permitted.

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Known Issues with this Collection

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The place mentioned as Rinoyle in this collection is called Rinvyle, also spelled Renvyle, located in the RC parish of Ballynakill/Letterfrack/Tullycross. Renvyle is also the name of the Civil Parish. The townland/parish is located in the North-West of Co. Galway, north of Clifden, not to be confused with the townland named Renville in the parish of Oranmore, east of Galway City.

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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881."  database, FamilySearch ( accessed 11 March 2011), entry for Shawn Sweeney, born 20 September 1876: citing Birth Records. FHL microfilm 255,963. Index entries derived from digital copies of originals housed in various repositories throughout Ireland.


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