Ireland Civil Registration Indexes (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Access the records: Ireland, Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958 .
- 1 Record Description
- 2 Record Content
- 3 How to Use the Records
- 4 Known Issues with This Collection
- 5 Related Websites
- 6 Related Wiki Articles
- 7 Contributions to This Article
- 8 Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
This collection will include records from 1845 to 1958.
All of Ireland, pre-1922: For 1845–1877, the national civil registration indexes are yearly and are arranged alphabetically by an individual’s family and given name. For 1878–1921, each year is divided into quarters, resulting in four index volumes per year.
The March quarter indexes events from January through March; the June quarter, events from April through June; the September quarter, events from July through September; and the December quarter, events from October through December.
The General Register Office created a second index for the years 1903–1921. This index is arranged by year and is available only at the office.
Republic of Ireland, 1922–present: For the years 1922–1927, 1933, and 1966 to the present, the General Register Office’s copy of birth indexes is filed by year while the Family History Library’s microfilm copies (1922–1958) are all filed by quarter. Indexes for all other years and all other events through 1966 are by quarter.
Northern Ireland, 1922–present: These indexes are quarterly, meaning there are four indexes per year. These indexes provide: name, registration district, volume number, and a page number. This reference then can be sent to the General Register Office 1922-present to obtain a document or looked at 1922-1959 through The Family History Library or a Family History Center.
Northern Ireland from 1922-1959: HAS NOT BEEN INDEXED on familysearch.org under the Historical Records Portion as of 2011. Plans for this being indexed are not known.
Ireland kept two sets of registrations, one local and the other national. This document describes the national indexes, not the local ones. Prior to the separation of Northern Ireland from the Republic of Ireland in 1922, all national civil registration records and indexes for the island were kept by the General Register Office in Dublin. Beginning in 1922 there were two General Register Offices, one in Dublin for the Republic of Ireland and one in Belfast for Northern Ireland. Irish civil registration indexes begin in 1845 for non-Catholic marriages. Civil registration indexes to births, deaths, and all marriages (including Catholic) begin in 1864. Indexes for all of Ireland continue from these beginning dates through 1921, when Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland became separate countries. Separate civil registration indexes continue for births, marriages, and deaths for the two countries from 1922 to the present.
Irish civil registration indexes begin in 1845 for non-Catholic marriages. Civil registration indexes to births, deaths, and all marriages (including Catholic) begin in 1864. Indexes for all of Ireland continue from these beginning dates through 1921, when Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland became separate countries. Separate civil registration indexes continue for births, marriages, and deaths for the two countries from 1922 to the present.
Civil registration indexes were created to provide name access to the records.
The indexes are made from the national set of civil registration records, which in turn are copies of the local registration records. Accidental omissions and mistakes have been made in the copying and indexing processes. Otherwise, the data is quite reliable. This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related websites here.
Beginning in 1966, Republic of Ireland birth indexes include the birth date, marriage indexes include the marriage date and the spouse’s family name, and death indexes include the death date and the deceased’s marital status.
|GS Number||Event||Year||DGS Number||Image Count||Record Count||Notes|
|101044||birth||1867||4187284||405||145073||missing pages 10, 11, 14, 15, 18 and 19|
|101046||birth||1869||4187286||407||149912||Contains A\'s through Thomas, Elenor Jane only; pages following were missed in filming. On page 39-50, there is a gap between Carroll, John of Dungannon and Carvill, James Richard, of Limerick.|
|101057||birth||1880||4193458||382||134191||missing pages 34-35|
|101064||birth||1892-1893||4193978||627||222681||pages 29-32 of the 1892 September Quarter are missing|
|GS (film)||Event||Year||DGS||Image Count||Record Count||Notes|
|GS (film)||Event||Year||DGS||Image Count||Record Count||Notes|
|101598||death||1894-1895||4200680||508||178775||3rd qtr 1894 is missing pages 22-23|
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
- "Ireland, Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing General Register Office. General Registry, Custom House, Dublin, Ireland.
Birth records may contain the following information:
- Date and place of birth
- Name of Child (if any)
- Full name and dwelling place of father
- Full name (including maiden name) of mother
- Rank or profession of father
- Qualification and residence of informant
- Date of registration
- Signature of the registrar
- Registration district
- Superintendent registrar's district
Marriage records may contain the following information:
- Registrar's district
- Place of marriage
- When married
- Full names of bride and groom
- Marital status
- Rank or profession of bride and groom
- Residence at the time of marriage
- Father's full name
- Father's rank or profession
- Signatures of the bride and groom
- Witnesses to the marriage
Death records may contain the following information:
- Registration district
- Superintendent registrar's district and county
- Date and place of death
- Name and surname of deceased
- Marital status
- Age at last birthday
- Rank, profession, or occupation
- Certified cause of death
- Signature, qualification, and residence of informant
- When registered
- Signature of registrar
How to Use the Records
To begin your search in the birth records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
- Name of parents
- Approximate year of birth of child
To begin your search in the marriage records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
- Names of bride or groom
- Approximate year of marriage
- Names of parents for bride or groom
To begin your search in the death records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
- Name of deceased
- Approximate year of death
Search the Collection
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 look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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Using the Information
Each indexed entry in the online Ireland, Civil Registration Indexes collection includes the Civil Registration volume number and page number where the event was registered, as well as the registration year/quarter. Some original volumes were microfilmed and can be viewed at FamilySearch Centers, affiliate libraries, or the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Others must be ordered from the Ireland General Register Office (GRO).
The Ireland Civil Registration microfilm collections listed in the FamilySearch Catalog include the following.
- Marriage records, 1845-1870, with indexes to marriages, 1845-1921, in the General Registry Office of Ireland
- Death records of Ireland, 1864-1870, with index of deaths, 1864-1921
- Quarterly returns of births in Ireland, 1864-1955, with index to births, 1864-1921
If the registration date that was found in the online Indexes is not within the applicable year range noted above, order the record by following the instructions on the GRO website.
If the registration date is within the applicable year range:
1. Follow the link above for the appropriate microfilm collection.
2. Scroll down past the indexes to the matching event, year/quarter, and volume that were found in the online Indexes.
3. To order the film, click on the corresponding hyperlinked film number and follow the instructions that appear.
4. When viewing the film, use the page number that was found on the online Indexes record to scroll quickly through the microfilm and locate the original record.
Note: When any collection is sorted by quarters, the records for January, February and March will be found in the March quarter. The same pattern is used for the June, September and December quarters.
Tips to Keep in Mind
All Ireland to 1922:
- Listed next to each name is the district where the event was registered (also known as the registration district, poor law union, county district), the volume, and the page number.
- Death indexes also give the age at death.
- The yearly birth indexes for 1903–1921 at the General Register Office include a birth date and the mother’s maiden name. Family History Library microfilm copies for this time period are of the quarterly indexes, which do not include a birth date or the mother's maiden name.
Republic of Ireland after 1922:
- The General Register Office for the Republic of Ireland (GRO) has registered and indexed events for the Republic of Ireland only. For 1922–1927, GRO copies of the birth index include a birth date and the mother’s maiden name. Family History Library microfilm copies for this time period are of the quarterly indexes, which do not include a birth date or the mother’s maiden name.
- For 1928–1965, all birth indexes are quarterly and give the mother’s maiden name but not the birth date of the newborn.
General Information About These Records
Civil registration indexes provide the easiest access to civil registration records. Rather than searching district by district where names are not in alphabetical order, you can look in one name index for the period through 1921 and in either of two indexes after 1921.
Those using Record Search indexes should note that the microfilm which are of the General Register Office for the Republic of Ireland Indexes of Birth, Marriage and Death contain only index entries and do not contain further genealogical information. In order to obtain further information it is necessary to apply for either photocopy or certificate to the General Register Office.
Known Issues with This Collection
For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
Related Wiki Articles
- Ireland Civil Registration
- Quick Research Links - Ireland
- Ireland, Civil Registration Guide, County/Volume Arrangement
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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
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