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Irish Civil Registration: Microfilm, Internet and CD-Rom Availability
Article published: September 7, 2000; Updated 26 October 2005
By: Kyle J. Betit

The registration of non-Catholic marriages in Ireland began in 1845, and the registration of all births, marriages and deaths began in 1864. In the early years civil registration is incomplete. The pre-1922 records for all of Ireland are at the General Register Office at Joyce House in Dublin. Those dating from 1922 onwards are at the General Register Office at Oxford House in Belfast for the Northern Ireland counties or at Joyce House in Dublin for the Republic of Ireland counties.

Microfilm copies of Irish civil registration held at the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City include indexes to births, marriages and deaths (1845-1959); registers of births (1864-1881, 1900-1913, 1922-1959), marriages (1845-1870, 1922-1959) and deaths (1864-1870, 1922-1959). For full details of the FHL collection see the on-line catalog at These microfilms circulate to the associated Family History Centers worldwide, whose addresses may be found on the same web site.

Some of the earliest Irish civil registration of births and marriages has been indexed in two sources, one available on the Internet and the other on CD-ROM:
    1. The International Genealogical Index (IGI): Most births in Irish civil registration dating circa 1864-1866 are on the IGI, along with many Protestant marriages circa 1845-1849. Available on-line at

    2. Vital Records Index - British Isles (2nd Edition) CD-ROM: (1) Irish Civil Registration of births, circa 1864-1875 (extensive but not complete); (2) Irish Civil Registration of Protestant marriages, circa 1847-1863 (extensive but not complete) (see description of this CD-ROM index below). Published by Intellectual Reserve, Salt Lake City, and available for purchase at
Vital Records Index - British Isles (2nd Edition) CD-ROM

The Vital Records Index - British Isles (Second Edition) (Salt Lake City: Intellectual Reserve, 2001) on compact disc has been released by the LDS Church. The CD-ROM contains data (dating 1538-1906) from birth, christening, and marriage records from selected parishes and areas in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and the Isle of Man. This CD-ROM set, which includes 12.3 million people in 16 compact discs, updates and includes the previous edition of the British Isles Vital Records Index (the previous edition included 5 million names). Reference information on the CDs allows the researcher to locate the original record on microfilm. Additional features include a parent search, bookmarking, print options, and GEDCOM export. A significant new search feature of the Second Edition is the "Collection Search" and "Collection Browse" which allow a search to be undertaken within a particular "collection" of records rather than in the whole database at one time. The cost of the CD-ROM set is USD$20, and the set can be ordered from the web site.

The Second Edition includes the following records for Ireland:
    (1) Irish Civil Registration of births, circa 1864-1875 (not complete) (2) Irish Civil Registration of Protestant marriages, circa 1847-1863 (not complete) (3) Roman Catholic baptisms and marriages, circa 1789-1881, primarily from County Roscommon, also some from counties Galway and Sligo, including:
      Galway parish: Killian and Kilronan

      Roscommon parishes: Ardcarn and Tuamna, Athlone and Drum, Boyle, Dysart, Killinvoy and Killmain, Killucan and Ballinameen (Killucan and Killummond), Killukin, Kiltrustan, Laughlin, Lisanuffy, Loughglynn, Roscommon and Kilteevan, Strokestown, Tissara

      Sligo parishes: Aghanagh, Taunagh
    (4) Births and marriages from the National Register of the Society of Friends (Quakers) [dating 1859-1906] [from FHL # 571,399].

    (5) Dublin City Presbyterian Church registers of baptism and marriage, 1653-1904: (a) Eustace Street Presbyterian Church and (b) Strand Street Presbyterian Church (microfilmed by the FHL at the Genealogical Office, FHL # 100238).

    (6) A few births in Ireland (though it's mostly an English and Welsh source) of children of Non-Conformist families [those who dissented from the Established Church of England and Ireland] from the Registers of Dr. Williams's Library (London) (Irish births are primarily in the 1820s, 1830s).

Family History Library, Salt Lake City
35 North West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84150-3400
Public phone number: 801-240-2331 or 800-453-3860 x22331
FAX: 801-240-1584

General Register Office, Dublin [Oifig an Árd Chláraitheora]
Civil registration (birth, marriage, death) beginning in 1864.
Joyce House, 8-11 Lombard Street East, Dublin 2, Ireland;
Tel: 353 1 6711000; Fax: 353 1 6711243

General Register Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast
Post-1922 civil registration for Northern Ireland.
Oxford House
49/55 Chichester Street
Belfast BT1 4HL
Northern Ireland
Tel: 44 28 90 252000

Further Reading (on the Internet)

Finding Irish Civil Registration Records (AllAboutIrish)

Irish Civil Registration (article for IGSI)


Irish Genealogy Newsletter Launched A helpful new Irish genealogy newsletter called "The Irish Everywhere" was just begun by Denise Wells, who is the coordinator of the Cos. Cavan and Longford IrelandGenWeb Project. Learn more about the newsletter and subscribe at .

New Freeholders Database Available

ProGenealogists, Inc., has made available the Irish Freeholders, Freemen, and Voting Registers (1234-1978) Database. You can search this inventory for the availability and location of records for the county, town or city of your ancestors. The database is compiled from more than a dozen different resources and inventories records from the Armagh County Museum, Genealogical Office, National Library of Ireland, National Archives of Ireland, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Royal Irish Academy, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, University College Galway's James Hardiman Library, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and some repositories in England. New Tipperary Heritage Centre

The Tipperary Heritage Unit was replaced in April 2001 by Tipperary Family History Research as the indexing centre for the records of the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly. The Archdiocese covers most of County Tipperary and part of County Limerick. The Tipperary registers from this Archdiocese are not available from any other centre.

Tipperary Family History Research
Excel Heritage Centre, Mitchell St ,
Tipperary Town, Ireland.
Telephone: + 353 62 80555/80556
Fax: + 353 62 80551

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