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Ireland Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958
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Location of Ireland
Record Description
Record Type Civil Registration Indexes
Collection years 1845-1958
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
General Registry, Custom House, Dublin

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

Civil registration indexes were created for most of Ireland as a common-name repository for records of births, marriages, and deaths between the years of 1864 and 1958. These 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 at a name index.

  • From 1922 onward, this index excludes all records for Northern Ireland after the formation of that territory.
  • Between the years of 1845 and 1877, the indexes are annual, arranged alphabetically by family names.
  • Between the years of 1878 and 1921, the indexes are quarterly (4 per year).
  • For 1897, there are many marriage records missing.

Records for Northern Ireland are kept by the General Register Office in Dublin.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Child’s Name
  • Birth Date and Place
  • Location/Registration District
  • Marriage Status of Parents


  • Names of Bride and Groom
  • Marriage Date and Place
  • Location/Registration District


  • Name of Deceased
  • Death Date and Place
  • Location/Registration District
  • Age of Deceased
  • Birth Year of Deceased

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

For a coverage table showing the number of records available for each locality in this collection see Ireland Civil Registration Indexes Coverage Table - FamilySearch Historical Records.

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

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person you are looking for
  • The approximate date of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

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

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

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

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

  • Use the archive information in the index to search for the original record
  • If a birth date is found, look for the individual in census records as a child
  • If a marriage record is found, continue to search in census records for the new family
  • If a death record is found, estimate the birth year and look for other vital records
  • Use all the information obtained to search in church records

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

  • Check for variants of given names, surnames, and place names
  • Transcription errors could occur in any handwritten record
  • It was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible candidates which can then be examined for matches
  • Search the records of nearby locations
  • Look at the actual image of the record to verify the information found in the online description, if possible

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]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.