The Irishgenealogy.ie website is owned by the Irish Ministry of Culture and is where you can access the historic records of births, marriages and deaths of the General Register Office. Records available online cover the following years:
Births: 1864 – 1921
Marriages: 1845* – 1946
Deaths: 1871** – 1971
*Note: Marriage records go back to 1845 for non-Catholic marriages only. Civil Roman Catholic marriage records began in 1864.
**Note: Death records will eventually go back to 1864, so keep checking!
The information on the records is not as comprehensive as, say, Scottish records but you do get the following:
Pre-1900 – Superintendent Registrar’s District and area, name of child and year of birth. From 1900 the child’s date of birth and mother’s maiden name was also included.
The post 1870 marriages have the Registrar’s District and place of marriage as well as the date of marriage, names of both parties, age is frustratingly usually recorded as “full” on the copies I’ve seen, marital condition, occupation, residence (only town is usually recorded) and names and occupations of fathers.
Only the registration district, name, age at death and year of death are recorded on these records.
Search for Irish civil records on IrishGenealogy.ie here.
Note that although this is a Republic of Ireland website, records for the whole of the island until 1922 are available. For Northern Irish records after 1922, you need to use the GRONI website (General Register Office of Northern Ireland) which unfortunately is a pay per view site like Scotland’s People.
For an overview of Irish Parish Registers, see my post here. And for an in-depth look at Irish Roman Catholic Parish Records see this article.
I’ve also written about Irish Censuses here.
For more Irish genealogy see:
And for more Irish genealogy articles, please visit the Ireland page here.
Good luck with your Irish research!
For further reading on Irish genealogy, you may be interested in the following books: