The indexes...

Before civil registration the main sources of family history information are church records.

Indexes to civil marriages 1845–63 are hand-written, but thereafter all indexes are printed. From 1864 to 1877 indexes for births, marriages and deaths consist of a single yearly volume covering the whole of Ireland. From 1878 the annual indexes are arranged on a quarterly basis.

In each index the surnames will be arranged alphabetically, followed by the first names. The name of the superintendent registrar’s district is also given, followed by the volume number and page number of the master copies of the registers in Dublin. In the indexes to deaths the age of the deceased will be provided.

When using the indexes it is important to bear in mind possible variations of the name being researched. In the birth indexes an unnamed child will appear as ‘male’ or ‘female’ after the surname.