Each record comprises a transcript of the original register from. The amount of information listed varies, but the records usually include a combination of the following information about your ancestor:
• First name
• Last name
• Marriage year
• Registered quarter/year
• Registered district
• Potential spouse names
The record set comprises almost 4,567,395 marriages from 388 registration districts in Ireland and overseas. There are records from overseas districts as far afield as Alexandria, Egypt; Amritsar, India; Bermuda, West Indies; Constantinople, Turkey; Jerusalem, Palestine; Sydney, Australia; and Transvaal, South Africa. These records date from 1845 to 1958.
Understanding the Search Results
Our search provides potential matches for people found on the same page of a register (volume).This extremely useful function allows you to match spouses more easily, especially in cases where a spouse’s first name is all that is known, or both spouses have very common surnames, or where the precise year or registration district is not known.
The original Index to the registers lists spouses separately and in alphabetical order One of the most important resources for Irish family history is the Index to Civil Registration. In Ireland Civil Registration began in 1864 (non-Catholic marriages were recorded from 1845). Using the volume and page number, and other information from the index, you can order photocopies of the full register entries, for a fee, from the General Register Office. Please note no labelled space is provided on the current GRO forms for Volume and Page number, you can fill in this detail in Section 2 of the form.
The original civil registration districts were based on 160 medical dispensary districts and can cross county boundaries. This means that in certain cases events will be recorded in a county other than where your ancestor lived.