Irish Civil Registration

Vaughn Johnson

Irish Civil Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths started in 1864.  For non-Catholic marriages, it began in 1845.  Until recently to get a certificate one had to pay and wait for the certificate in the mail.  This is in the process of change as Irish Genealogy is committed to making the certificates online and free.  Birth certificates are now available, and marriage and death certificates are a work in progress.


Northern Ireland has a web site which makes civil registration certificates available for a nominal fee.  For patrons in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, the library has civil registration certificates on film from 1921 to 1959. Unfortunately, the films are restricted to the FHL.


Presbyterian record holdings of the Family History Library are quite limited.  Some of these records are available on Roots Ireland and from PRONI in Belfast.  Some of these records are available only from local congregations.