BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS
Civil registration for all of Ireland began in 1845 with the registration of non- Catholic marriages. In 1864, it became compulsory to register all births, marriages and deaths, irrespective of religion.
Certificates record ages, occupations, maiden names and townland addresses. Knowing your ancestor’s townland address can be vital for further research in Ulster, so these documents are well worth pursuing.
Births, marriages and deaths from 1864 (and 1845 for marriages) for the six counties of Northern Ireland can be found online at the General Register Office for Northern Ireland (GRONI) website ( geni.nidirect. gov.uk) but are confined to births over 100 years ago, marriages over 75 years and deaths over 50 years.
The civil registration indexes for all of Ulster prior to 1922 and the counties of Monaghan, Cavan and Donegal after 1922 are online at familysearch.org.
Once you find an index entry, recording the registration district, year, volume, page and quarter, you can order a copy of the original registration to see all of the details. Copies can be ordered online at timeline.ie/irish- genealogyclerk/irish-bmd-records or at welfare.ie/en/ Pages/Apply-