5. Civil Records: Births, Deaths & Marriages

Photo:State or civil version of marriage records for Delgany Church (1866).  Information contained: Church or location of marriage; date; bride and groom: age or whether adult or minor; marital status; occupations: addresses; fathers' names; fathers' occupations; signature or mark of bride and groom, signature or mark of witnesses.

State or civil version of marriage records for Delgany Church (1866). Information contained: Church or location of marriage; date; bride and groom: age or whether adult or minor; marital status; occupations: addresses; fathers' names; fathers' occupations; signature or mark of bride and groom, signature or mark of witnesses.

Wicklow Registers Office

Photo:Birth record of William Nevin of Arklow, born 1880.  Information contained: date and place of birth; name of child; sex; father's name and address; mother's name; father's occupation; signature, qualification and residence of informant; when registered; signature of registrar.

Birth record of William Nevin of Arklow, born 1880. Information contained: date and place of birth; name of child; sex; father's name and address; mother's name; father's occupation; signature, qualification and residence of informant; when registered; signature of registrar.

Wicklow Registers Office

State registered births, deaths and marriages

By Catherine Wright

Armed with the information gained from the 1901 and 1911 census, you can now search for birth, death and marriage records for your ancestors in the General Register Office (G.R.O.). 

Two Versions of a Marriage Record

Marriages are particularly useful as they contain the names of the fathers of the bride and groom.  It is important to note that there are often two versions of a marriage record; the state or civil version of the marriage record in the G.R.O. and the entry in the church register.  (The G.R.O. also holds registry office marriage records). 

Accessing the corresponding church register entry can often be very useful as in the case of Roman Catholic marriage registers, the priest often noted both mother and father of the bride and groom, as well as their addresses.  (We will discuss parish records in more detail in a subsequent article). 

Start Dates:

Please note that the civil or state records of births, deaths and marriages at the G.R.O. start in 1864, with the exception of non-Catholic marriages which begin in 1845. 

Indexes to Births, Deaths & Marriages

Before visiting the G.R.O. research room, you should prepare by searching the indexes of these records.  The Irish government website, www.irishgenealogy.ie (free searching) also has indexes to births from 1864 to 1915, deaths from 1864 to 1965 and marriages from 1864 to 1940.  The great news is that images of many of these records have now been uploaded for the following years:

  • Births 1864-1915
  • Marriages 1882-1940
  • Deaths 1891-1965

Irish birth, death and marriage indexes are also on the free site www.familysearch.org as well as non-Catholic marriages from 1845.  See also www.findmypast.ie (fee paying) for Catholic parish records and civil records.

The site www.rootsireland.ie (fee paying) has civil records for many counties - check their source lists for each county.

 

This page was added by Catherine Wright on 24/09/2012.

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