Birth, death and marriage records

This guide was last updated in 2014

Birth, death and marriage certificates in Ireland usually recorded the townland address.

Civil registration of births, deaths and marriages in Ireland only commenced in 1864, although non Catholic marriages in Ireland were registered from 1845.

If your ancestor was born or married in Ireland or had children who were born in Ireland after 1864 you should start by searching a record of this event. The indexes for civil registration in Ireland are now freely available online at

Remember, this is only the index, you will have to order a copy of the registration itself for the recorded townland addresses, which you can get here.

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