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 view original civil registration documents at Irishgenealogy.ie

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



Registration districts

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