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Government (civil) registration of births in Ireland began in 1864. The index to civil registration is available on findmypast. The full records reside in The General Register Office and photocopies for genealogical research can be ordered, for a fee, from that office. To order a certificate you will need the registration year/quarter, registration district and volume and page number provided in the transcript. 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.

Mother's Maiden Name
Mother's maiden name was not recorded on the Index to Civil Registration until 1929

Record Coverage
1864 – 1921, all 32 counties in Ireland
1922 – 1958, 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland

Civil Registration Districts
The original civil registration districts were based on 160 medical dispensary districts and in many cases cross county boundaries. This means that in certain cases births will be recorded in a county other than where the person lived. We have provided a list of the registration districts and their counties below.

Some districts were absorbed by others or changed name, these are as follows:

Parsonstown = Birr
Irvinestown = Lowtherstown

Donaghmore, after 1887 search: Roscrea and Urlingford
Glin, after 1892 search: Listowel and Rathkeale
Gortin, after 1889 search: Omagh and Strabane
Newport, after 1886 search: Westport

County Registration District CountyRegistration District
     
AntrimAntrim LeitrimBallyshannon
AntrimBallycastle LeitrimBawnboy
AntrimBallymena LeitrimCarrick-on-Shannon
AntrimBallymoney LeitrimManorhamilton
AntrimBelfast LeitrimMohill
AntrimColeraine   
AntrimLarne LimerickCroom
AntrimLisburn LimerickGlin
AntrimLurgan LimerickKillmallock
   LimerickLimerick
ArmaghArmagh LimerickMitchelstown
ArmaghBanbridge LimerickNewcastle
ArmaghCastleblaney LimerickRathkeale
ArmaghDundalk LimerickTipperary
ArmaghLurgan   
ArmaghNewry LondonderryBallymoney
   LondonderryColeraine
CarlowBaltinglass LondonderryLondonderry
CarlowCarlow LondonderryMagherafelt
CarlowEnniscorthy LondonderryLimavady
CarlowNew Ross   
CarlowShillelagh LongfordBallymahon
   LongfordGranard
CavanBailieborough LongfordLongford
CavanBawnboy   
CavanCavan LouthArdee
CavanCootehill LouthDrogheda
CavanEnniskillen LouthDundalk
CavanGranard   
CavanKells MayoBallina
CavanOldcastle MayoBallinrobe
   MayoBelmullet
ClareBallyvaughan MayoCastlebar
ClareCorrofin MayoCastelreagh
ClareEnnis MayoClaremorris
ClareEnnistimon MayoKillala
ClareKilladysert MayoNewport
ClareKilrush MayoSwineford
ClareLimerick MayoWestport
ClareScariff   
ClareTulla MeathArdee
   MeathCelbridge
CorkBandon MeathDrogheda
CorkBantry MeathDunshaughlin
CorkCastletown MeathEdenderry
CorkClonakilty MeathKells
CorkCork MeathNavan
CorkDunmanway MeathOldcastle
CorkFermoy MeathTrim
CorkKanturk   
CorkKillmallock MonaghanCarrickmacross
CorkKinsale MonaghanCastleblaney
CorkMacroom MonaghanClogher
CorkMallow MonaghanClones
CorkMiddleton MonaghanCootehill
CorkMillstreet MonaghanDundalk
CorkMitchelstown MonaghanMonaghan
CorkSkibbereen   
CorkSkull OffalyEdenderry
CorkYoughal OffalyMountmellick
   OffalyParsonstown
DonegalBallyshannon OffalyRoscrea
DonegalDonegal OffalyTullamore
DonegalDunfanaghy OffalyBirr
DonegalGlenties   
DonegalInishowen RoscommonAthlone
DonegalLetterkenny RoscommonBallinasloe
DonegalLondonderry RoscommonBoyle
DonegalMilford RoscommonCarrick-on-Shannon
DonegalStrabane RoscommonCastlereagh
DonegalStranorlar RoscommonRoscommon
   RoscommonStrokestown
DownBanbridge   
DownBelfast SligoBallina
DownDownpatrick SligoBoyle
DownKilkeel SligoDromore West
DownLisburn SligoSligo
DownLurgan SligoTobercurry
DownNewry   
DownNewtownards TipperaryBorrisokane
   TipperaryCallan
DublinBalrothery TipperaryCarrick-on-Suir
DublinCelbridge TipperaryCashel
DublinDublin North TipperaryClogheen
DublinDublin South TipperaryClonmel
DublinDunshaughlin TipperaryNenagh
DublinNaas TipperaryParsonstown
DublinRathdown TipperaryRoscrea
   TipperaryThurles
FermanaghBallyshannon TipperaryTipperary
FermanaghClones TipperaryUrlingford
FermanaghEnniskillen TipperaryBirr
FermanaghIrvinestown   
FermanaghLowtherstown TyroneArmagh
FermanaghLisnaskea TyroneCastlederg
   TyroneClogher
GalwayBallinasloe TyroneCookstown
GalwayBallinrobe TyroneDungannon
GalwayClifden TyroneEnniskillen
GalwayGalway TyroneGortin
GalwayGlennamaddy TyroneIrvinestown
GalwayGort TyroneLowtherstown
GalwayLonghrea TyroneOmagh
GalwayMountbellew TyroneStrabane
GalwayOughterard   
GalwayPortumna WaterfordCarrick-on-Suir
GalwayScarriff WaterfordClonmel
GalwayTuam WaterfordDungarvan
   WaterfordKilmacthomas
KerryCahersiveen WaterfordLismore
KerryDingle WaterfordWaterford
KerryGlin WaterfordYoughal
KerryKenmare   
KerryKillarney WestmeathAthlone
KerryListowel WestmeathBallymahon
KerryTralee WestmeathDelvin
   WestmeathGranard
KildareAthy WestmeathMullingar
KildareBaltinglass WestmeathTullamore
KildareCelbridge   
KildareEdenderry WexfordEnniscorthy
KildareNaas WexfordGorey
   WexfordNew Ross
KilkennyCallan WexfordShillelagh
KilkennyCarrick-on-Suir WexfordWexford
KilkennyCastlecomer   
KilkennyKilkenny WicklowBaltinglass
KilkennyNew Ross WicklowNaas
KilkennyThomastown WicklowRathdown
KilkennyUrlingford WicklowRathdrum
KilkennyWaterford WicklowShillelagh
     
LaoisAbbeyleix   
LaoisAthy   
LaoisCarlow   
LaoisDonaghmore   
LaoisMountmellick   
LaoisRoscrea