Latter-Day Saints...

From 1948 the Latter-Day Saints (LDS), or Mormons, began microfilming documentary material in Ireland.

The most important resource acquired at that time was the registers of births, deaths and marriages as well as the indexes to these records held in the Registrar General’s Office in Dublin.

The Mormons were not able to complete the filming of all registers before work was suspended. The LDS collection of microfilms of civil registers and indexes is as follows:

  • birth indexes 1864–1959
  • birth registers 1864 to first quarter 1880; 1900–13
  • marriage indexes 1845–1959
  • marriage registers 1845–70
  • death indexes 1864–1959
  • death registers 1864–70.

These can be consulted at their Family History Centre, 401 Holywood Road, Belfast. Telephone 028 9076 9839 for opening times.

The Mormons have indexed many of the two million reels of microfilm that they hold, and these indexes have been made available as the International Genealogical Index (IGI).

This index is arranged both by county and by surname and is available in many libraries and record offices and also on the Internet.

Access to the IGI is free of charge, as is the viewing of films held in Mormon Family History Centres. A microfiche version of the IGI is available at PRONI under reference MF/1/6/C.

While there are doubts about the veracity of some of the information contained in the IGI, it can occasionally provide information of relevance.