A reminder to family historians, FamilySearch.org has a collection of BMDs at the Family History Library and these gems can be researched free of charge. I’ve also added a link to the research tutorial page at the end of the post to help you get started:

Did you know that the Family History Library has a collection of Ireland birth, marriage, and death certificates on microfilm? Recently a patron came to the Library searching for information about his father’s ancestral line. Much to his surprise and joy he was able to find a birth certificate for both his father and grandfather before leaving the Library. Here’s a glimpse at the Library’s collection of microfilmed copies of birth, marriage, and death certificates:

Births: (Began in 1864)

  • 1864-1881; 1900-1913: All of Ireland
  • 1922-1959: Northern Ireland
  • 1930-1955: Republic of Ireland

Marriages: (Began in 1845 for Protestant marriages; 1864 for all)

  • 1845-1863: All marriages except Roman Catholic
  • 1864-1870: All of Ireland
  • 1922-1959: Northern Ireland

Deaths: (Began in 1864)

  • 1864-1881: All of Ireland
  • 1922-1959: Northern Ireland

These are great records and contain vital information for family history work. To find out more about Ireland birth, marriage, and death certificates (aka Ireland Civil Registration), or how to find an original certificate for years not mentioned, see the Ireland Civil Registration article in the FamilySearch Wiki

Click on the link to the Research Tutorial to find out how to get started.

2 Comments on Irish Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates (BMDs) at the Family History Library

  1. jim turauckas says:

    Hi there,
    I was born at st pters church in castlpollard on 3/11/1959 my given name was Patrick Reddy I was hoping I could get a copy of my birth record, I did have one but I sent it out while I was searching for family any help you can give would be great.
    Thank you

  2. Sandy Arnone says:

    Since, like me, you’re still among the living. You could try contacting the Irish embassy or one of the consulate offices to find out how to proceed on this one. Good Luck!

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