Obtaining Certificates – Ireland
General Register Office, Government Offices
Convent Road, Roscommon.
Tel: +353 90 6632900
LoCall: 1890 252076
Fax: +353 90 6632999
Fax: +353 90 6632988
The General Register Office (Oifig An Ard-Chláraitheora) is the central civil repository for records relating to Births, Deaths and Marriages in the Republic of Ireland. It is concerned with civil registration matters only, and does not engage in Genealogical/Family History research.
Their records of marriages other than Roman Catholic marriages date back to 1st April 1845. Records of Births, Deaths and Roman Catholic Marriages date back to 1st January 1864. See also the Research Page on this site.
Detailed information for the Registrar of Births, Deaths and (Roman Catholic) Marriages by County can be found at: http://www.groireland.ie/rc-registrars.htm
[This link provides the county, location, hours of operation, phone and fax numbers.]
For current information on Fees, see http://www.groireland.ie/fees.htm.
How to Apply for a Certified Copy/Photocopy of a Civil Birth/Death/Marriage Record
This office will supply a Certified Copy or a photocopy of an entry in the Registers of Births, Deaths and Marriages provided sufficient information is furnished by an applicant to enable the records to be identified. Please note that a photocopy of an entry will contain exactly the same details as a Certificate. A photocopy is not suitable for administrative or legal purposes but is ideal for genealogical purposes.
Apply in writing, by fax or in person to the office, giving as many details of the event in question as you can, i.e. full name/s, date and location of event, names and occupations of parents and mother’s maiden names. Obviously, the more information you can provide, the more chance they have of finding the records you are looking for.
The fee which includes postage is €10.00 for a full (long form) Certificate or €6.00 for a photocopy of the microfilm record (which contains exactly the same information but is only of use for research purposes). See the Fees Page on this site for details of payment methods.
Their postal address is General Register Office, Government Offices, Convent Road , Roscommon. Fax: +353 90 6632999, +353 90 6632988
The response time for applications is normally three/four weeks. If a Certificate is needed urgently you should explain the situation in your application and they will do their best to expedite its issue.
For the period before 1864, parish registers recording details of baptisms, marriages and burials provide the only source of information relating to births, marriages and deaths. Prior to making use of these records, it is of course necessary to be aware of an ancestor’s religious affiliation and often the name of the parish in which the baptism, marriage or burial occurred.
Roman Catholic parish registers are normally still held by the parish priest, but there are microfilm copies of most of them for the period up to 1880 in the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 (Website: http://www.nli.ie/). In some instances, the written permission of the parish priest must be obtained before the microfilms can be seen.
Church of Ireland parish registers for the period up to 1870 are public records. Registers are available for about one third of the parishes. Most are still held by the local clergy, although some are in the Irish National Archives, Bishop Street , Dublin 8. (Website:http://www.nationalarchives.ie/)
Others are in the Representative Church Body Library, Braemor Park , Dublin 14 (Website: http://www.ireland.anglican.org/index.php?do=information&id=38)
Others in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 66 Balmoral Avenue, Belfast BT9 6NY (Website: http://www.proni.gov.uk/)
Presbyterian church records are arranged by congregation and any enquiries should be directed to the Presbyterian Historical Society, Church House, Fisherwick Place, Belfast BT1 6TW (Website: http://www.presbyterianireland.org/)