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Concerning Birth, Marriage and Death records

Post by irishgen » 03 Feb 2009, 17:48

On 1 April 1845, registration of non-Catholic marriages began in Ireland. Nineteen years later,on 1 January 1864, registration of all births, marriages, and deaths became mandatory. Ireland was divided into Registration Districts, each of which was under the supervision of a Superintendent Registrar. These Registrars took down the information and sent a copy to the Registrar General. The family could also purchase a copy of the certificate. In 1922, on partition,two registries were established.


Content of the records


Births
Name (if given); when and where born including sex; father's name, surname, occupation and residence; mother's name including maiden surname; informant's signature, qualification, and residence; baptismal name and date if added after registration of birth.

Marriages
Names of both parties; marriage date and place; age of both parties(sometimes "full" etc); marital status, occupation, and residence of both parties; name and occupation of the father of the bride and groom; denomination performing the marriage; signature of both parties and witnesses.


Deaths
Name and surname; when and where died; sex, age, and marital condition; occupation (varies with age and sex of deceased); cause of death and duration of illness; informant's signature,qualification and residence.


Availability

The certificate and indexes for Protestant marriages 1845-64; all births, marriages, and deaths of Ireland 1864-1922; and births, marriages, and deaths of the Republic of Ireland 1922-present are with the Registrar General in Dublin. All inquiries should be addressed to:


The Registrar General
Joyce House
Lombard Street
Dublin 2
IRELAND
Phone: +353 1 671 1000


The certificate and indexes for all births, marriages, and deaths for Northern Ireland (includes the six counties of Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry, and Tyrone) from 1922 to the present are with the Registrar General in Belfast. All inquiries should be addressed to:


The Registrar General
Central Register Office
Fermanagh House
Ormeau Avenue
Belfast, BT2 8HK
Northern Ireland


Other information


Indexes and certificates were kept on an annual basis until 1878.Beginning with 1878, both indexes and certificates were kept on a quarterly basis.

There are supplemental volumes of births, deaths, and marriages up to 1870. These are arranged at random by registration district.

Superintendent Registrars may or may not give out copies of certificates. They are generally more willing in Northern Ireland.

Many births in Ireland may be listed as just "male" or "female" with the surname. A person may be given one given name at birth and another at the christening., Use caution in searching the indexes.

Surnames are problems because of accents dialects, and spelling errors. Again use caution in the indexes and watch for all possible variations.

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