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Civil Records of Birth, Marriage & Death

State Registration for all births, marriages and deaths began in Ireland in 1864. Registration of non-Catholic marriages began earlier, in 1845.

Registration was compulsory. However, it is estimated that as many as ten percent of births, marriages and deaths went unregistered – particularly in the early years of the system.

So, what information will you find on Irish civil records?
John Doble

Birth records can be expected to show:

  • The date and place of the birth
  • The gender of the child
  • The first name of the child, which may occasionally be left blank!
  • The father’s name; rank or occupation; and dwelling place
  • The mother’s name - and, very usefully, her maiden name
  • The name and address of the informant of the birth. This can provide useful information about other family members.

Marriage Records can be expected to show:

  • The place of marriage
  • The date of marriage
  • The names of the bride and groom.
  • Age of the bride and groom is generally just marked as “full” unless they are under 21.
  • The “Condition” of the bride and groom will show whether they were single, widowed, etc at the time of marriage.
  • Rank, occupation or profession of both parties.
  • Address at the time of marriage for both parties.
  • Fathers’ names and occupations - for both bride and groom.

Death Records, often overlooked and often very interesting, will show:Death Certificate

  • Date and place of death
  • Name and surname of deceased. More contemporary records will also give last known address if death takes place outside of home (e.g. hospital).
  • Gender
  • Condition. I.e. “married”, “single”, “widow”, etc
  • Age at last birthday
  • Rank, profession or occupation of deceased
  • Cause of death and duration of illness
  • Name and address of informant. Relationship to the deceased is usually given.


Indexes and copies of entries for all three classes of records are presently available for free online at www.irishgenealogy.ie up 1919 for births, 1944 for marriages and 1969 for deaths.

Should you require records beyond these dates or if you cannot find the record you seek on Irish Genealogy.ie, Irish Family Footsteps can conduct searches for records on your behalf.

I can provide a written transcript of the record together with a copy of the record page.

Certified copies of the record can also be obtained for legal and naturalisation purposes.


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