Talk:Ireland Civil Registration Indexes (FamilySearch Historical Records)
I've been questioned on how complete this collection really is and wonder if it might be appropriate to add a table or maybe three, one each for birth, marriage and death. I propose that the table include:
- GS film number
- DGS number
- Event (birth, marriage or death)
- Image count
- Record count
I already have part of the data and perhaps we can entice some members of the genealogical community to check the Family History Library Catalog for the films listed and provide the missing details. This will allow users to see exactly what years are included and evaluate for themselves, if desired, how complete the collection is and whether they may need to look at the originals rather than settle with just the digital collection. Gellilwcca 02:13, 8 April 2011 (UTC)
I'll post a querry on facebook and see if we get any volunteers. In the meantime you are welcome to start a chart and put what information you have into it. If you would like a sample of a coverage table to use as a guideline look at the one in the wiki article: Ireland Vital Records Index at
I have noticed that there are gaps on the FamilySearch website in my Fitzhenry/ Fitzharris BMDs which should have been present in the Civil Registrations (I am very grateful to the LDS that there are any extractions available at all and this is in no way a criticism).
I am going to extract the Fitzhenry/Fitzharris entries directly from the GRO indexes in Dublin and will compare them with what is available on Familysearch.
If any other surname researcher has done a similar comparison, would they please make their findings known.
Jo Fitz-Henry (Fitz(-)henry one name study)
Today I added a table listing the microfilms & DGS (Digital Genealogical Society numbers) for deaths which shows that all death indexes for these years should be included in the historical records collection for Ireland Civil Registration Indexes. If this table works for identifying exactly what is included in the collection let me know and I will add similar tables listing the microfilms included for births and marriages. If there are other data elements to include or consider please point them out here on the discussion page so we can make this a wiki page a model for specifying collection content and coverage in a way that will benefit all family historians. Gellilwcca 23:29, 11 April 2011 (UTC)
Gaps in the Transcript of Ireland Civil Registration Indexes, 1864-1870
The tables below are for entries found in the microfilmed index registers or at the registrar office but not found in the FamilySearch index of those index microfilms. Always search the original registers if the name you expect to find is not in the online database.
|1866||Douge||Deniss||63||Rathdrum||7||814||A search just for Rathdrum only returns entries for 1864-1865 and it seems unlikely that the district would have no deahts for 1866-1870. Gellilwcca|
Availability of Northern Ireland Films
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"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.
There are film indexes and actual records 1922-1959 on microfilm Births, Marriages, deaths. These microfilm can be viewed at the Family History Library or ordered into a Family History Center."
However, any Northern Ireland films of Indexes or Registers are marked of the FHL Catalogue as "No circulation to family history centers".
Corrections to Citation Example
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"Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection:
"Ireland, Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958." index, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org): accessed 11 March 2011, entry for Ellen Donlevy. age at death: 74; citing Civil Records, FHL microfilm 101,739; General Register Office, Belfast, Ireland"
This example, in my opinion, is (a) factually incorrect in one respect and (b) is missing vital data pertinent to such a citation.
Additionally, by following a proscribed hierarchal structure with careful use of quotation marks, colons, semi-colons, italics (not evident in the pasted copy above) and commas - creates a citation that the normal genealogy hobbyist would have difficulty deciphering its academic meaning. I believe that a much more relaxed view of citations should be encouraged that is understandable by the common person without an advanced university education.
But . . . to the errors . . .
(a) this film, being from Sligo and covering 1932 (no where evident in the structured citation . . . as it should be . . . see(b)) cannot have come from the GRO in Belfast which is in Northern Ireland.
(b) in creating citations for BMD indexes in Ireland (same system in England & Wales), key to the citation is the filing/location system used which utilises the Quarter, Year, District, Volume and Page . . . these are not mentioned in this example . . . but the age is although completely irrelevant to the citation location of the data . . . the date accessed has absolutly no meaning or usefulness in describing this record.
Taking into account my prejudices against the formalised structured citation quoted, my alternative to this citation would be as follows:
FamilySearch.org transcriptions, Ireland BMD Indexes, Death of Ellen Donlevy, Sep, 1932,Sligo, vol 2, page 93 (aged 74); citing LDS FHL Film 101739,Index of Deaths 1932-34, General Register Office, Roscommon, Ireland.