Many Irish records have not survived and people tracing their Irish ancestry may need to refer to local records and archives as well as national sources. Civil registration of births, marriages and deaths started in Ireland in 1864. Before this births were recorded in parish registers, many of which have been lost, destroyed, or are missing for other reasons.
Northern Irish birth, marriage and death registers and certificates
Search the General Registrar’s Office Northern Ireland for births more than 100 years old, marriages 75 more than years old and deaths more than 50 years old. Searches are free but there is a charge to view results. If you find an entry in the registers you can order a certificate.
Indexes to and registers of civil records of births, marriages and deaths (mid-19th to mid-20th centuries) in Ireland
Use the irishgenealogy.ie website to search for online copies of indexes to civil records of births (1864–1916), marriages (1845–1941) and deaths (1864–1966) and of the registers of births (1864–1916), marriages (1870–1941) and deaths (1878–1966).
Search the index of Ireland civil registration for births and deaths from 1864 to 1958 and marriages from 1845 to 1958 and various other records from 1619 to 1898 on the FamilySearch website.
Birth, marriage and death certificates (from 1864) for Ireland
Contact the General Register Office of Ireland and the General Register Office for Northern Ireland to obtain copies of birth, marriage and death certificates.
Transcriptions of birth, marriage and death records
Search transcriptions of birth, marriage, and death records on the Irish Family History Foundation’s Online Record Search System (£).