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Civil Records of Birth, Marriage & Death

State Registration for all births, marriages and deaths began in Ireland in 1864. Registration of non-Catholic marriages began earlier, in 1845.

Registration was compulsory. However, it is estimated that as many as ten percent of births, marriages and deaths went unregistered – particularly in the early years of the system.

So, what information will you find on Irish civil records?
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Birth records can be expected to show:

  • The date and place of the birth
  • The gender of the child
  • The first name of the child, which may occasionally be left blank!
  • The father’s name; rank or occupation; and dwelling place
  • The mother’s name - and, very usefully, her maiden name
  • The name and address of the informant of the birth. This can provide useful information about other family members.

Marriage Records can be expected to show:

  • The place of marriage
  • The date of marriage
  • The names of the bride and groom.
  • Age of the bride and groom is generally just marked as “full” unless they are under 21.
  • The “Condition” of the bride and groom will show whether they were single, widowed, etc at the time of marriage.
  • Rank, occupation or profession of both parties.
  • Address at the time of marriage for both parties.
  • Fathers’ names and occupations - for both bride and groom.

Death Records, often overlooked and often very interesting, will show:Death Certificate

  • Date and place of death
  • Name and surname of deceased. More contemporary records will also give last known address if death takes place outside of home (e.g. hospital).
  • Gender
  • Condition. I.e. “married”, “single”, “widow”, etc
  • Age at last birthday
  • Rank, profession or occupation of deceased
  • Cause of death and duration of illness
  • Name and address of informant. Relationship to the deceased is usually given.


Irish Family Footsteps can conduct searches for birth, marriage and death records on your behalf.

We provide a written transcript of the record together with a copy of the record.

Certified copies of the record can also be obtained for legal and naturalisation purposes.

Where the date of the event is known (and is either pre-1922 or in the 26 Counties of the Republic of Ireland), we will provide a transcript and copy of the record for €12. Prices on application otherwise.

Please complete our Assessment Form.


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