Records Ireland - Births, Marriages & Deaths

Church Records

Catholic parish records

For the period before 1864, church records provide the only record of baptisms, marriages and burials. But very few registers survive from before the latter half of the 18th century and the majority of Catholic registers begin in the first decades of the 19th century. Burials were often not recorded]. Catholic parish registers are normally still held by the parish priest, but microfilms of most of them for the period up to c.1880 are held in the National Library of Ireland. The National Archives has a copy of the National Library’s list of the registers available online at

The majority of Catholic Parish Registers in Ireland and Northern Ireland can now be viewed online on the National Library of Ireland website. They have been transcribed and indexed by Ancestry & FindMyPast.

In most cases Catholic parish registers were not deposited in national repositories. This ensured their survival from the Public Record Office fire in 1922.

Church of Ireland parish records

Notwithstanding the destruction of much material due to the fire in the Public Record Office of Ireland in 1922, Church of Ireland registers survive for about one-third of the parishes throughout the country and those for the pre-1870 period are public records. Church of Ireland parish registers often start much earlier than their Catholic counterpart and usually include burials as well as baptisms and marriages. Many Church of Ireland registers are still held by the local clergy, although some are in the National Archives, the Representative Church Body Libraryand the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. For further information, see

Search Church Records for Dublin, Kerry, Carlow, Cork & Ross

On 16th June 2010, Mary Hanafin T.D., Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Archbishop of Dublin, The Most Rev. Dr. John R.W. Neill, launched the remaining Church of Ireland records of Dublin City and counties Kerry and Carlow to the website Irish Genealogy. Also, a subset of the Roman Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Cork & Ross have also been added.

In addition to these records, digital images of the original church records, relating to these areas, are now available to view on this website.

Working is progressing on the completion of the Dublin City and South & West Cork Roman Catholic records. The release of further records for on-line access will proceed on a phased basis. Please refer to the "Update of Progress" section in this website for news of upcoming releases.

Search Madden Specific Church Records

MADDENs have been extracted from the following parish registers:

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Ogonnelloe, Clare (Baptisms Mar 29, 1832 to Feb 25, 1869 and Marriages Feb 9, 1857 to Feb 9, 1869)

St Senan Catholic Church, Doonas and Truagh[now Clonlara], Clare (Baptisms July 27, 1851 to 10 Apr 1881 and Marriages Jul 1851 to Jul 31, 1883)

St Peter's Catholic Church, Broadford, Clare (Baptisms Jan 17, 1844 to Dec 19, 1880 and Marriages 10 Feb 1844 to 27 Nov 1880)

St Flannan's Catholic Church, Killaloe, Clare (Baptisms May 24, 1828 - Dec 8,1880 and Marriages Feb 26,1829 - Sep 7,1880)

Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart, Scariff, Clare (Baptisms 1852-1900-

Catholic Church, Kilnoe and Tomgraney, Clare (Baptisms Nov 1, 1832 - Dec 31, 1880 and Marriages Nov 2, 1832 - Jul 4, 1880)

St Patrick's Catholic Church, Parteen and Meelick, Clare (Baptisms Sep 1831-1876 and Marriages Jul 1814-Nov 1819, Mar 1821-Dec 1835, Mar 1847-1877)

St Patrick's Catholic Church, O'Callaghan's Mills, Clare (Baptisms 4 Jan 1835- 31 Dec 1880 and Marriages 14 Jan 1835- 14 Nov 1880) [Parish also known as Clonea, Killuran, Moyroe]

Gravestones and Memorials

It is important to remember that in Ireland most people did not erect gravestones and those surviving today probably represents as low as 1% of the population. During periods of large scale famine, as in the Potato Famine of the 1840s, many people were buried in mass graves.

However, these are some gravestone records available. Cemeteries of Ireland is a free, searchable online database. The Ireland Genealogy Project has an online database for County Meath Cemeteries.

MADDENs have been extracted from 'Irish Memorials' Vols 1 and 2 by Brian Cantwell, the Cemetery Records from the Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives and Clare County Library Graveyard Inscriptions for the following counties:

Clare | Dublin | Galway | Mayo | Wicklow |

Civil Registration

Irish civil registration indexes began in 1845 for non-Catholic marriages. Civil registration indexes to births, deaths and all marriages (including Catholics) begin in 1864. Indexes for all Ireland continue through to 1921 when Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland became separate countries. Separate civil registration birth, marriage and death indexes for the two counties then continue from 1922 up to the present.See the General Register Office of Ireland website for a more detailed explanation of Civil Registration in Ireland.

It should be noted that in the first ten years of registration (1864-1874) a very good number of events went unregistered.  And more went unregistered in the west of Ireland than in any other part of the country.  The greatest compliance was in urban areas.

A sample extraction of Civil Marriage Registration MADDEN entries from the Family Search Pilot site is shown below. Please note that the entries are grouped in years only up until 1877.

Quarter years were not used in the index until 1878. However, the volume numbers up until 1877 correspond to particular quarters as follows:
Vol 1-5 : Jan-Mar
Vol 6-10: Apr-Jun
Vol 11-15 Jul-Sep
Vol 16-20: Oct-Dec

The name of the spouse is not given in the marriage index. Some registration districts overlap more than one county. See list of registration districts and their corresponding counties and list of counties and their corresponding registration districts.

Marriages 1864

Year Qtr Surname Forename Reg District Vol Page
1864 Madden Rachel Antrim 11 51
1864 Madden Jane Armagh 16 135
1864 Madden Elizabeth Athy 18 371
1864 Madden Nancy Bandon 5 15
1864 Madden Hanoria Borrisokane 8 371
1864 Madden Terence Boyle 4 105
1864 Madden Thomas Castlebar 4 142
1864 Madden Johanna Clonakilty 5 124
1864 Madden Jerry Clonakilty 5 125
1864 Madden James Coleraine 16 556
1864 Madden Patrick Cork 5 187
1864 Madden John Croom 20 147
1864 Madden Mary Anne Dublin North 12 457
1864 Madden Mary Jane Dublin North 17 600
1864 Madden Elizabeth Dublin North 2 667
1864 Madden Bridget Dublin South 12 631
1864 Madden Thomas Dublin South 12 691
1864 Madden John Dublin South 12 693
1864 Madden Henry Dungannon 1 670
1864 Madden Jane Enniskillen 12 83
1864 Madden Kate Kilmallock 5 401
1864 Madden David Kinsale 5 421
1864 Madden Michael Loughrea 9 177
1864 Madden Peter Loughrea 4 406
1864 Madden Mary Anne Mallow 15 333
1864 Madden Mary Nenagh 13 450
1864 Madden Robert Newry 6 875
1864 Madden Margaret Parsonstown 18 525
1864 Madden John Portumna 4 469
1864 Madden Margrett Scariff 4 491
1864 Madden John Sligo 7 334
1864 Madden Mary Swineford 4 538
1864 Madden John Tuam 4 597