CHURCH OF IRELAND PARISH REGISTERS

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CHURCH OF IRELAND PARISH REGISTERS

Post by irishgen » 29 Oct 2003, 13:17

CHURCH OF IRELAND PARISH REGISTERS
by Francis Dowling


Of a total of 1643 Church of Ireland parishes, the registers of over a thousand were destroyed when the Four Courts was bombarded at the start of the Irish Civil War in 1922. While there are surviving copies and extracts of many of the destroyed registers, it is the unfortunate reality that a large number of Church of Ireland registers no longer survive. Where a register or copy survives, it may be found in one or more of the following locations;

Location:

Registers for the nine counties of Ulster are held in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.

Registers for the Republic of Ireland are less centralised. The main options for the location of a register are as follows;

- Parish of origin
- The Representative Church Body Library
- The National Archives

See under County Sources for parish names, dates and location.

Content

Baptisms normally record;

- Date of baptism
- Name of child
- Name of father and mother, normally without mother's maiden name.
- Names of sponsors (occasionally)
- Address of the family (in most cases)
- Occupation of father

Church Marriages normally record;

- Date of marriage
- Name of groom
- Name of bride
- Names of witnesses
- Some registers record Names and Addresses of parents, especially from the 1860s onwards.

Burials normally record;

- Date (of death or burial)
- Name of deceased
- Age
- Address (occasionally)


Time Period

Church of Ireland registers commence earlier than those of the Catholic Church and non-conformist Protestant churches. Most therefore will date from the mid to late 1700s or the very early 1800s.

Requirements

To search a parish register it is necessary to know at least the county of origin of your ancestor's family and ideally the parish of origin.

In some cases, the local Heritage Centre will have indexed some or all of the surviving registers of a county and hence would make it possible to identify the parish of origin of your ancestor's family.

Notes

- Unlike Roman Catholic registers, a baptism in the Church of Ireland may take place several weeks or months after the birth of a child and hence is not necessarily a satisfactory substitute for date of birth.

- Note that non - Catholic marriages were recorded by the State from 1845 when general registration was introduced.

- Up to 1845 the Church of Ireland issued marriage licenses. While not all those marrying in that Church obtained a license, the surviving Indexes are a useful source for identifying the year of such a marriage. (National Archives.)

Christopher

Re: CHURCH OF IRELAND PARISH REGISTERS

Post by Christopher » 22 Jan 2009, 07:12

The Church of Ireland Parish Registers and Vestry Minutes which are held by the RCBL in Dublin can be checked on a searchable database on the website of the Progenealogists Family History Research Group http://www.ireland.progenealogists.com/ ... reland.asp

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