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Ireland, Ireland
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St. Patrick's Saltire (1783-1801)
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Location of Ireland, Ireland
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Location of Ireland
Record Description
Record Type Church
Collection years 1700-1900
FamilySearch Resources
National Library of Ireland

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This project contains Catholic parish registers from 1740 to 1880. Records may include: name, parents, spouse, father's occupation, residence, date of birth, date of marriage, burial date and place and much more depending on the record type. The content varies by location and data. The original records are held at the National Library of Ireland.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Birth place and date
  • Name
  • Gender
  • Father's name
  • Mother's given and maiden name


  • Marriage date and place
  • Bride's Name
  • Bride's Father's Name
  • Bride's Mother's given and maiden name
  • Groom's name
  • Groom's Father's Name
  • Groom's Mother's given and maiden name


  • Name
  • Gender
  • Spouse's or parent's name
  • Death place
  • Death date

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Baptism Record[edit | edit source]

This list gives a translation of the fields generally found in baptismal records during the mid-1800s.

Latin English
Notatur Numerus Sequential number
Baptizandi Nomen The name of the person to be baptized
Cognomen Surname
Natus Die Birth date
Natus Mense Birth month
Ex Parentibus legitimo Matrimonio junctis Nomina Parentum The names of the parents who are legally married
Habitantibus in Domicilium Residence
Rite fuit Baptizatus Die Date the rite of baptism performed
Rite fuit Baptizatus Mense Month the rite of baptism performed
A me Infrascripto Parocho vel Vicario Nom. Parochi vel alterius Baptizantis I the undersigned pastor or vicar of the parish or other place where the baptizm took place
Patrinis adstantibus et e Sacro Fonte Levantibus Nomina Patrinorum The names of the sponsors
Circumstantiæ ex Rit. Rom. apponendæ, e. g. si fuerit adultus, recens conversus, sub conditione vel pricatim Baptizatus, expositus, &c. Circumstances of the rite, for example, if an adult, recent convert, previously baptized privately, etcetera

Marriage Record[edit | edit source]

This list gives a translation of the fields generally found in marriage records during the mid-1800s.

Latin English
Nomina Sponsorum Given names
Cognomina Surnames
Eorum Residentia Their residence
Nomina Parentum The names of the parents
Eorum Residentia Their residence
Denuntiationes Declarations
Impedimentum Impediments
Die Mensis Date and Month
Nomen Parochi vel Vicarii Name of the priest or vicar
Testes adfuerunt Witnesses present
Eorum Residentia Their residence
Observanda, si quæ sint: e. g., si quis ex sponsis fuerit conversus ad fidem, vel antem matrimonio conjunctus, etc. Things to be noted: if one of the spouses is a convert to the faith, previously married, etc.

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • Approximate date of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Do not forget to cite the record. See below for help citing this collection.
  • If possible, use what you know to find an image of the original record. The index contains only basic identifying information for a person; the original record therefore may contain more information not found in the index.
  • Continue to search the index for family members.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This can help you find possible relatives.
  • Check for other names. An individual might appear under an unexpected name for a variety of reasons:

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Ireland.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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