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.

Multiple Spouses?

Understanding the search results.

Do your search results list several possible spouses? Does this mean your ancestor married each of these people?

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.

For example:

"Martin Walsh" would be listed alongside all of the other Walshs that married that year and beside each is a Volume and Page number.

His wife "Mary Smith" would be listed alongside all of the other Smiths that married that year, again with a Volume and Page number next to each.

Rather than searching separately and trying to match Volume & Page numbers of all the Walshs and Smiths that married in a particular year the MarriageFinder matches them for you.

We have taken the work out of searching the Index of Ireland Marriages. Our flexible search allows you to search for a married couple using first names. This is particularly useful in cases when the bride's maiden name is unknown. Use the 'What Else?' box at the start of your search, or the Spouse Forename/Spouse Surname boxes on the left hand side after choosing the Ireland Marriages record set.



Record Coverage

  • 1845 – 1863, all non-Catholic Marriages in all 32 counties in Ireland
  • 1864 – 1921, all marriages in all 32 counties in Ireland
  • 1922 – 1958, all marriages in 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 marriages 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


  • 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