registration of all births, marriages and deaths began in 1864
except Protestant (Non Roman Catholic) marriages which began in 1845. Before civil registration we must rely on church records. Genfindit can,
subject to availability, search for and if successful transcribe church records provided you can supply the name, parents' names (if known), religious denomination and
parish or townland location where the birth, marriage or burial occurred.
Copies of the church registers are researched at the National Library of
Ireland, the National Archives of Ireland in Dublin and The Public Record
Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) in Belfast. Due to the fragile condition of
some of the records the
archives may not allow photocopying of the parish registers they hold
and can only transcribe the entry. View samples . Most
National Library of Ireland records can now be provided as photocopies.
Some church registers were lost in the great fire in 1922. However nearly
Catholic registers are still available, as are 60% of Church of Ireland,
most Presbyterian and other denomination records. Commencement dates of baptism, marriage and burial
registers vary from parish to parish. Catholic
parishes often have different boundaries and names than their Protestant counterparts.
There is no publicly available conversion table on the internet to convert
an Irish civil parish name to a Catholic parish name. Genfindit uses an Irish Recordfinder
computer program to identify correct parish names and ascertain
availability of records.
Prices below include a search and a record
provided if found by our researchers. If we are provided with
insufficient information to enable a search or records are not available at the above archives we will
ask you to choose for us to undertake a short search other resources such
civil BMD indexes, Griffith's Valuation, Tithe Applotment index records
and provide an appraisal of of further searches/records OR accept a refund
of 75% of the fees.