Government (civil) registration of births in Ireland began in 1864. The index to civil registration is available on Findmypast. The full records reside in General Register Office. You can order photocopies here, or you can order official certificates here for a fee. To order a certificate you will need the registration year/quarter, registration district and volume and page number provided in the transcript.

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 deaths 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
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CountyRegistration DistrictCountyRegistration DistrictCountyRegistration DistrictCountyRegistration DistrictCountyRegistration District
AntrimAntrimCorkMallowGalwayTuamSligoBallinaTipperaryCashel
AntrimBallycastleCorkMiddletonKerryCahersiveenSligoBoyleTipperaryClogheen
AntrimBallymenaCorkMillstreetKerryDingleSligoDromore WestTipperaryClonmel
AntrimBallymoneyCorkMitchelstownKerryGlinSligoSligoTipperaryNenagh
AntrimBelfastCorkSkibbereenKerryKenmareLouthDroghedaTipperaryParsonstown
AntrimColeraineCorkSkullKerryKillarneyLouthDundalkTipperaryRoscrea
AntrimLarneCorkYoughalKerryListowelMayoBallinaTipperaryThurles
AntrimLisburnDonegalBallyshannonKerryTraleeMayoBallinrobeTipperaryTipperary
AntrimLurganDonegalDonegalKildareAthyMayoBelmulletTipperaryUrlingford
ArmaghArmaghDonegalDunfanaghyKildareBaltinglassMayoCastlebarTipperaryBirr
ArmaghBanbridgeDonegalGlentiesKildareCelbridgeMayoCastelreaghTyroneArmagh
ArmaghCastleblaneyDonegalInishowenKildareEdenderryMayoClaremorrisTyroneCastlederg
ArmaghDundalkDonegalLetterkennyKildareNaasMayoKillalaTyroneClogher
ArmaghLurganDonegalLondonderryKilkennyCallanMayoNewportTyroneCookstown
ArmaghNewryDonegalMilfordKilkennyCarrick-on-SuirMayoSwinefordTyroneDungannon
CarlowBaltinglassDonegalStrabaneKilkennyCastlecomerMayoWestportTyroneEnniskillen
CarlowCarlowDonegalStranorlarKilkennyKilkennyMeathArdeeTyroneGortin
CarlowEnniscorthyDownBanbridgeKilkennyNew RossMeathCelbridgeTyroneIrvinestown
CarlowNew RossDownBelfastKilkennyThomastownMeathDroghedaTyroneLowtherstown
CarlowShillelaghDownDownpatrickKilkennyUrlingfordMeathDunshaughlinTyroneOmagh
  DownKilkeelKilkennyWaterfordMeathEdenderryTyroneStrabane
CavanBailieboroughDownLisburn  MeathKellsWaterfordCarrick-on-Suir
CavanBawnboyDownLurganLaoisAbbeyleixMeathNavanWaterfordClonmel
CavanCavanDownNewryLaoisAthyMeathOldcastleWaterfordDungarvan
CavanCootehillDownNewtownardsLaoisCarlowMeathTrimWaterfordKilmacthomas
CavanEnniskillen  LaoisDonaghmore  WaterfordLismore
CavanGranardDublinBalrotheryLaoisMountmellickMonaghanCarrickmacrossWaterfordWaterford
CavanKellsDublinCelbridgeLaoisRoscreaMonaghanCastleblaneyWaterfordYoughal
CavanOldcastleDublinDublin NorthLeitrimBallyshannonMonaghanClogherWestmeathAthlone
ClareBallyvaughanDublinDublin SouthLeitrimBawnboyMonaghanClonesWestmeathBallymahon
ClareCorrofinDublinDunshaughlinLeitrimCarrick-on-ShannonMonaghanCootehillWestmeathDelvin
ClareEnnisDublinNaasLeitrimManorhamiltonMonaghanDundalkWestmeathGranard
ClareEnnistimonDublinRathdownLeitrimMohillMonaghanMonaghanWestmeathMullingar
ClareKilladysertFermanaghBallyshannonLimerickCroomOffalyEdenderryWestmeathTullamore
ClareKilrushFermanaghClonesLimerickGlinOffalyMountmellickWexfordEnniscorthy
ClareLimerickFermanaghEnniskillenLimerickKillmallockOffalyParsonstownWexfordGorey
ClareScariffFermanaghIrvinestownLimerickLimerickOffalyRoscreaWexfordNew Ross
ClareTullaFermanaghLowtherstownLimerickMitchelstownOffalyTullamoreWexfordShillelagh
  FermanaghLisnaskeaLimerickNewcastleOffalyBirrWexfordWexford
CorkBandonGalwayBallinasloeLimerickRathkealeRoscommonAthloneWicklowBaltinglass
CorkBantryGalwayBallinrobeLimerickTipperaryRoscommonBallinasloeWicklowNaas
CorkCastletownGalwayClifdenLondonderryBallymoneyRoscommonBoyleWicklowRathdown
CorkClonakiltyGalwayGalwayLondonderryColeraineRoscommonCarrick-on-ShannonWicklowRathdrum
CorkCorkGalwayGlennamaddyLondonderryLondonderryRoscommonCastlereaghWicklowShillelagh
CorkDunmanwayGalwayGortLondonderryMagherafeltRoscommonRoscommon  
CorkFermoyGalwayLonghreaLondonderryLimavadyRoscommonStrokestown  
CorkKanturkGalwayMountbellewLongfordBallymahonSligoTobercurry  
CorkKillmallockGalwayOughterardLongfordGranardTipperaryBorrisokane  
CorkKinsaleGalwayPortumnaLongfordLongfordTipperaryCallan  
CorkMacroomGalwayScarriffLouthArdeeTipperaryCarrick-on-Suir