Irish B.M.D Records Online for Free #announcements #records

Jan Meisels Allen



Irish birth and marriage certificates from as far back as 1864 are now available for free online and death certificates between 1878 and 1968 are also available.  The records were made available by a joint initiative from the

Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, in 2019.


Historical registers of marriages, births and deaths are available to view for free on the website

and covers births from 1864 to 1918, deaths from 1878 to 1968, and marriages from 1864 to 1943.


The new additions include: deaths in 1967 and 1968, births in 1917 and 1918, and marriages from 1864 to 1869 and 1942 to 1943.


The digitization of the records has been carried out by the Civil Registration Service and by members of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, who prepared and uploaded the records.


Ireland’s Social Protection Minister and the Minister for Culture both said the Civil Registration Service “one of the State’s essential services and one of the greatest resources for those establishing their family histories.

Providing this open and free access to older records and registry entries will further support the efforts of many family historians throughout the world.”


The General Register Office is working on updating even more records.  Plans are in place to extend the digitalization of death certificates by 14 years to 1864, while there are also plans to update almost 20 years

of marriage records. Soon, marriages as far back as 1845 will be available to view online.


Jews in Ireland

While always a small Jewish community in Ireland it is an established community. In addition, a number of Jews immigrated to Ireland in the late 19th and 20th centuries whose families were from central Europe, due to the pogroms, and especially from Lithuania. Jews also stopped in Ireland along the way to immigrating to North America—and may have lived there for a few years.  You never know what an Irish vital records may reveal!

To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee