Irish Civil Registration Indexes 1845 - 1958 - BMD

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Irish Civil Registration Indexes 1845 - 1958 - BMD

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Ireland Civil Registration Indexes 1845-1958

Ireland, Civil Registration Indexes 1845-1958 are now searchable via a FamilySearch website

There are no images of the original record, but there are images of the indexes

Anyone with Irish ancestors will want to take a look at the Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes

When Civil Registration began only non-Catholics marriages were recorded starting April 1, 1845. It wasn't until January 1, 1864 that Catholics were expected to comply with the reporting requirements for marriages and that all births and deaths were recorded.

All records for the years 1845-1922 are maintained by the Registrar General of Ireland in Dublin. That office also maintains the records of events after 1992 for the Republic of Ireland.

All records for the six counties of Northern Ireland (Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone) are maintained by the Registrar General in Belfast.

Remember that precise spelling is really a very modern phenomenon so it is quite typical to have records for the same family appear under a variety of spellings. "Grady", for example, could just as easily be spelled "Gready" or "O'Grady". A first name could easily be listed as a nickname, not just in the more "formal" form. "Brigid" could be Anglicized as "Bridget", or appear as one of its nicknames, either "Bridie" or "Delia".

Birth Records

The regulations required that births be reported by someone present at the birth. The information reported included the child's name, if one had been given, the date and place of the birth, the child's sex, the father's name, occupation and residence, the mother's name, including her maiden surname, and information about the informant.

For the years 1848-1877, each index includes all of the births reported in the entire year. Beginning in 1878, each index covers one calendar quarter so you may have to search more than one index to locate the birth record you are seeking. The birth date is not given in the index but the Registration District (generally the same as the Poor Law Union) in which the birth occurred is recorded, as well as the volume and page on which the record is found. If you know the Registration District, or at least the county, in which the birth occurred, you might be able to identify a likely prospect for your record at this point. If you aren't sure of that information, but know the birth years, or at least the birth order, of other siblings, than you may want to check indexes for each birth and look for a pattern in the Registration Districts.

Marriage Records

The marriage records provide the names of the two being married, including the wife's maiden name, their ages, occupations, and residences, and also the names of both of their fathers and names of witnesses.

As in the case of the birth indexes, the indexes for the marriages are annual through 1877 and quarterly in later years. If you know the wife's maiden name, the easiest way to locate the record is to look through the index twice, for both surnames. When the index lists the two surnames in the same Registration District, in the same volume, and on the same page, that should be the correct marriage record! Of course, if you don't know either of the surnames you will hopefully know the Registration District, or county.

Death Records

The death record will report the deceased's name and surname, occupation, marital status, date and location of the death, a cause of death and length of illness, and the deceased's age as well as information about the informant. The reliability of this last piece of information is questionable at best, especially in early decades. In the 19th century, for example, many people didn't know exactly when they were born or how old they were. Still, this age can help in the index work.

The indexes for death records are organized by surname, and contain the deceased's first name and reported age. ... searchable
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