Find your Irish ancestors online this St Patrick’s Day

Findmypast.com.au launches Irish Births, Deaths and Marriages records

In the lead up to St Patrick’s Day, the world’s most famous celtic celebration, findmypast.com.au has added new Irish Births, Deaths and Marriages records for people looking to research their Irish ancestry. To celebrate, findmypast.com.au is giving you 50 credits to test this amazing collection. Simply click here, sign in or register, enter the code ‘STPATRICK’, and start searching! You can use these credits on the entire findmypast.com.au World Collection of over 1.5 billion records!

The Ireland Births and Deaths records are an index to civil registration which began in Ireland in 1864. The records cover all 32 counties in Ireland for 1864–1921 and 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland for 1922–1958. The original civil registration districts were based on 160 medical dispensary districts and in many cases cross county boundaries. This means that in certain cases births will be recorded in a county other than where the person lived. You can find a list of the registration districts and their counties for births and deaths.

In 1845 government civil registration of marriages began for non-Catholic marriages and in 1864 for Catholic marriages. These records on findmypast.com.au are an index to these civil registrations. The full records reside in The General Register Office and can be ordered, for a fee, from that office. To order a certificate you will need the registration year/quarter, registration district and volume and page number provided in the transcript.

All non-Catholic Marriages in all 32 counties in Ireland are covered for 1845–1863. For 1864–1921, all marriages in all 32 counties in Ireland and for 1922–1958, all marriages in 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland are covered.

The original civil registration districts were based on 160 medical dispensary districts and in many cases cross county boundaries. This means that in certain cases marriages will be recorded in a county other than where the person lived. We have provided a list of the registration districts and their counties for marriages.

findmypast.com.au has taken the work out of searching the Index of Ireland Marriages. Our flexible search allows you to search for a married couple using first names. This is particularly useful in cases when the bride’s maiden name is unknown. Use the ‘What Else?’ box at the start of your search, or the Spouse Forename/Spouse Surname boxes on the left hand side after choosing the Ireland Marriages record set.

Our search matches people found on the same page of a register (volume). Your ancestor is listed alongside several possible spouses. This does not mean that your ancestor married each of these people! Instead this extremely useful function allows you to match spouses more easily, especially in cases where a spouse’s first name is all that is known, or both spouses have very common surnames, or where the precise year or registration district is not known.

Find out more about the Ireland Births, Death and Marriages Collection.