(Ireland) General Record Office of Ireland Makes Civil Registers of Vital Records Available for Free #general
Jan Meisels Allen
The General Record Office (GRO) of Ireland has made their civil registers
of birth, marriage and death available on the website IrishGenealogy.ie
state run website. See:
Therecords are available for free.
The Birth Records Indexes date >from 1864 to 1914, the Marriage Records
Indexes date >from 1845 (1864 for Roman Catholic Marriages) to 1939 and the
Death Records Indexes date >from 1864 to 1964. There is an enhancement of the
Marriage Indexes, with both parties to the Marriage now being shown from
Access is to the indexes to births 100 years or more old, the indexes to
marriages 75 years or more, and the indexes to deaths 50 years old or over
are available. You will no longer have to order an official certificate or
visit the GRO of Ireland. Due to privacy reasons indexes that are earlier
than the aforementioned years are not available to search.
I tried a search typing in a surname "Goldberg" (I did not fill in the year
range or civil registration district/office), and then a box appeared
stating: "Section 61 of the Civil Registration Act, 2004 provides for a
member of the public to make an application to an tArd-Chlaraitheoir to
search the indexes to the Births, Deaths and Marriages registers." I typed
in my first and last name, clicked on "marriages" and clicked on the box
the results appeared instantly. I clicked on one of the returning results
and the image instantly appeared.
If there is no number next to Group Registration Number which appears on the
results, that means there is no image for now. Not all registers are
available and there does not appear to be any mention of when the missing
ones will be digitized.
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee