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Parish Registers - Baptisms, Marriages & Burials, & Other Records, Church of Ireland (Ireland)

Nature of Source

Records from Church of Ireland parish registers of baptism, marriage and burial. Up to 1869 with passing of the Irish Church Act, the established church in Ireland was the Anglican (Protestant) Church of Ireland, although during the 19th century about 85 per cent of the Irish population was Roman Catholic, 10 per cent nonconformists with only about 5 per cent Protestant. Use Lewis' Topographical Dictionary for locating a particular parish which is available online at www.libraryireland.com/topog/index.php.

The formal keeping of registers began in 1634, although the majority of registers were kept from the 1750s and continued beyond civil registration. Two thirds of pre-1870 deposited registers were destroyed by the 1922 shelling of the Public Record Office located in the Four Courts building in Dublin, marking the beginning of the civil war. However, some remained in local custody and survived the attack. A list of their whereabouts is held at the National Archives of Ireland. Other denominations and dissenters were often recorded in Church of Ireland registers especially burial records as members of non-Church of Ireland congregations were prevented from having their own burial grounds.

Also consider consulting the Church of Ireland church records generated from the parish administration including vestry minutes, confirmation rolls and lists of names of parishioners. The minutes of the parish vestry meetings provide a record of the day-to-day running of the parish and include the names of many individuals.

See Also
Surname Origins and Distribution

Where Found

National Archives of Ireland (Copies of nearly all surviving pre-1870 Church of Ireland registers)
Representative Church Body Library (Copies of nearly all surviving pre-1870 Church of Ireland registers)
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) (Copies)
Irish Genealogical Research Society (Card indexes to 18th and 19th century Irish births, marriages and deaths taken from 18th and 19th century provincial Irish newspapers)
Parish Clergy (Church of Ireland originals)

Period Covered

1634 - 1864

Genealogical Value

Birth
Name of child, date of baptism and birth, names of the father and mother and their home address. Occupation of father.
Marriage
Date of marriage. Names, addresses, ages, occupations of bride and groom. Names and addresses of at least two witnesses. Name of the bride's father.
Burial
Name of the deceased, age, occupation, cause of death, home address including townland and date of burial.

Further References

Parish Specific  
Burn, John Southerden. The History of Parish Registers in England: Also of the Registers of Scotland, Ireland, the East and West Indies: J.R. Smith, 1862 (Available to view online or download at Google Books or the Internet Archive. Also available to buy on CD at Archive CD Books) Buy Now on Amazon
Farrar, Henry. Irish Marriages: Being an Index to the Marriages in Walker's Hibernian Magazine, 1771 to 1812: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2001 (1897) (Details all the marriage entries in Walker's Hibernian Magazine 1771-1812 plus appendix by Sir Arthur Vicars of the births, deaths and marriages recorded in the magazine Anthologia Hibernica 1793-94) Buy Now on Amazon
Grundy, Joan. A Dictionary of Medical & Related Terms for the Family Historian: Swansong Publications, 2006 Buy Now on Amazon
Mitchell, Brian. A Guide to Irish Parish Registers: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2009 (Limited preview at Google Books) Buy Now on Amazon
Mitchell, Brian. A Guide to Irish Churches and Graveyards: Genealogical Publishing Co, 2010 Buy Now on Amazon
Reid, Noel (ed). A Table of Church of Ireland Parochial Records and Copies: Irish Family History Society, 1994 Buy Now on Amazon
Ryan, James G. Irish Church Records: Their History, Availability and Use in Family and Local History Research: Flyleaf Press, 2001 (The book contains chapters by experts on the records of the eight major Irish churches including: Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland, Presbyterian, Methodist, Quaker, Huguenot, Jewish and Baptist) Buy Now on Amazon
Smyrl, Steven. Dictionary of Dublin Dissent-Dublin's Protestant Dissenting Meeting Houses 1660-1920: A & A Farmar, 2009 Buy Now on Amazon
Family History Guides  

Adolph, Anthony. Collins Tracing Your Irish Family History: HarperCollins, 2007

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Davis, Bill. Irish Ancestry - A Beginner's Guide: FFHS, 2001

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Falley, Margaret Dickson. Irish and Scottish-Irish Ancestral Research: GPC, 1981 (1962)

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Prochaska, Alice, Irish History from 1700: A Guide to Sources in the Public Record Office: British Records Association, 1986

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Websites

www.proni.gov.uk/guide_to_church_records.pdf (PRONI Guide to Church Records: Identify what churches are in a parish, what records exist for each church, the covering dates for each series of records and their PRONI reference number)
www.ireland.anglican.org/about/rcb-library/list-of-parish-registers (Church of Ireland: Representative Church Body Library: The List of Church of Ireland Parish Registers. The list of 1,110 parishes shows what parish registers survive and where they are held whether by the Library, PRONI or in local custody with the additional benefit of live links to online copies and transcripts. The library also holds ‘A Handlist Of Church Of Ireland Vestry Minute Books In The Representative Church Body Library, Dublin’)
www.johngrenham.com/browse/retrieve_text.php?text_contentid=26
(John Grenham: Church of Ireland Records)
www.nationalarchives.ie/genealogy1/genealogy-records/parish-records-marriage-licences (National Archives of Ireland Guide: Parish records and marriage licences)
www.movinghere.org.uk/galleries/roots/irish/irishrecords/irishrecords.htm (Church of Ireland Records and their Locations)
http://databases.dublincity.ie/graveyards (Dublin City Public Libraries & Archive: Dublin Graveyards Directory. The directory all graveyards in the Dublin area and gives information on the location, contact details, titles of published gravestone transcripts, links to on-line gravestone transcripts, location of surviving burial records and other information)
www.irishtimes.com/ancestor/browse (A county-by-county listing of relevant records)
www.irishtimes.com/ancestor/browse/records/church/ireland/chrcoi3.htm (Guide to Church of Ireland Records)
www.irishtimes.com/ancestor/browse/counties/civilmaps/index.cfm (Interactive map of Civil parishes for Irish counties with a summary of sources covering each civil parish)
www.ancestryireland.com/database.php?filename=civilparishmaps (Civil Parish Maps for Ulster)
http://churches-uk-ireland.org (The Churches of Britain and Ireland; The aim of the site is to have at least one photo of every existing church of all religions, denominations and sects in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands, and where possible, photos or artwork of churches no longer in existence)
www.irelandxo.com/find-my-parish/what-parish
(Ireland Reaching Out. What is a Parish? Irish Land Divisions and Geographical Boundaries Explained)
www.irish-genealogy-toolkit.com/irish-church-records.html (Irish Genealogy Toolkit: Irish Church Records)
www.iar.ie (Irish Archives Resource: The site contains information about archival collections open for public research in Ireland from many organisations, societies, political organisations and businesses)
www.irishtimestraining.com (Online Tracing your Irish Ancestors Course designed and presented by the genealogist John Grenham. The 11 modules will give you the tools and techniques to comprehensively trace your Irish family history. The online tutorials will provide you with a wide-ranging guide to all the records, resources and research techniques you will need)  
www.rootsweb.com/~nirwgw (Information on Northern Irish counties and available resources)
www.groni.gov.uk/index/family-history.htm (Family History & Research)
www.groireland.ie/research.htm (Research guide from GRO Ireland)
www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/irish-records-what-is-available/church-records (Irish Genealogy: Research in Ireland: Irish Records: What Is Available?)
www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/irish-genealogical-research-getting-started/how-to-start-your-family-history (Irish Genealogy: How To Start Your Family History)
www.cyndislist.com/ireland.htm (Ireland genealogy links)
www.irelandgenweb.com (Information on Irish counties and available resources)
www.rootsweb.com/~fianna (Fianna Guide to Irish Genealogy)
www.seanruad.com (IreAtlas Townland database)
www.irishtimes.com/ancestor/placenames (1851 General Alphabetical Index to the Townlands and Towns, parishes and Baronies of Ireland)
www.pennyparker2.com/appxchart.html (Period Approximation Chart, adapted from "Basic Course in Genealogy," Vol.II, by Derek Harland. Use to calculate the approximate date of a birth, marriage or death)
www.thecalculatorsite.com/misc/birthday-calculator.php (Calculator Site: Birthday Calculator. Discover what day you were born on your star sign, your Chinese zodiac sign, your birthstone and other facts about your birthday)
www.arc.id.au/Calendar.html (Multi-country historical calendar for the years 1000 to 2100)

Online Databases

www.rootsireland.ie (Irish Family History Foundation: Online Genealogy Databases for Ireland including Church of Ireland and Catholic Baptismal/Birth Records, Marriage Records and Burial/Death Records)
Familysearch.org (Historical Record Collections: Transcripts of baptisms, marriages and deaths extracted from parish registers and non-parochial/nonconformist registers. The site incorporates the data formerly known as the International Genealogical Index and also data formerly sold on CD as the British Isles Vital Records Index. The former Ancestral File and Pedigree Resource File can be found under the heading of 'Family Trees')
www.ireland.anglican.org/about/rcb-library/anglican-record-project (Church of Ireland Representative Church Body Library: Anglican Record Project. A small number of parish registers have been digitised and are available to view. The project is the work of Mark Williams and is an ongoing endeavour to make the registers of baptism, marriage and burial from Church of Ireland parishes available in a digital format)
www.ancestry.co.uk/ireland (Ireland, Births and Baptisms, 1620-1911: The database is an index containing details extracted from a variety of Irish church, civil and other records of births housed in various repositories throughout Ireland)
www.ancestry.co.uk/ireland (Irish Records Extraction Database. This collection is the result of many years of research in Irish records compiled by Dr. Lyman Platt. It contains records of births, marriages, deaths, burials, cemeteries, wills, immigration and census)
www.ancestry.co.uk/ireland (Irish Records Index, 1500-1920. Index to copies of records held in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. These records include histories, pedigrees, parish registers, probates and orphan's court records)
www.findmypast.co.uk
(Ireland Marriages 1619-1898. There are 852,056 records. This is not intended to be a comprehensive record of every marriage in every parish in Ireland between the dates given. Different areas and years will have different coverage. The material comes from a range of sources including civil, parish and court records)
www.findmypast.co.uk
(Dublin Registers & Records. Search through publications of parish records from the Church of Ireland dating from the 1600s up to 1800 to discover baptism, marriage, and burial dates)
www.irishgenealogy.ie/en (Church of Ireland church records of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials covering a number of parishes, churches and congregations. See website for the Current list of available parishes)
http://ireland.anglican.org/about/151
(Representative Church Body Library: The Anglican Record Project: Online transcripts of registers of baptism, marriage and burial from Church of Ireland parishes transcribed by Mark Williams)
www.ancestryireland.com (Ulster Historical Foundation: Records include Church of Ireland registers of baptisms and marriages for mid, south and west County Down; Church of Ireland registers of baptisms and burials for the city of Belfast and Burials in Belfast City Cemetery from 1869 onwards)
www.irishancestors.ie/?page_id=1926 (Irish Genealogical Research Society Marriage Finder Index. More than 25,000 marriages compiled by Roz McCutcheon extracted from Chancery bills, diaries, deeds, marriage settlements, memorial inscriptions, wills, family letters and newspaper cuttings. No marriages from 1864 onwards are shown as full civil registration is available from that date)
www.irishancestors.ie/?page_id=5392 (Irish Genealogical Research Society: Index of Townlands, 1901: Searchable database of over 64,000 townlands in Ireland which are ancient land divisions measuring from just a few acres to several hundred and still in use today)
www.discovereverafter.com/?mode=magherafelt (Magherafelt District Council, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland: Genealogy Project: Transcribed inscriptions from parish churchyards, cemeteries and old burial grounds across the district including interactive graveyard maps to view photographs of the headstones)
www.emeraldancestors.com (Northern Ireland births, marriages and deaths)
http://churchrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords (Church Records Project: Search the currently available online Church of Ireland and Catholic records)
www.irelandgenweb.com (Some transcribed records and links to resources including the 1864 Ireland Birth Index)
www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~fianna/transcript/index.html (Some transcribed records)
www.rootsweb.com/~nirwgw (Northern IrelandGenWeb Project: Includes the Births, Deaths & Marriages Exchange and other transcribed records)
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~jeanmccarthy36 (Jean McCarthy's Genealogy Web Site. Includes birth, marriage and death transcriptions)
www.ancestry.co.uk (Irish Records Index, 1500-1920; Farrar's Index to Irish Marriages 1771-1812)
www.cmcrp.net (Christening, marriage, and cemetery records county by county)
www.ireland.anglican.org/about/128 (RCB Library-Church of Ireland: The Church of Ireland Gazette. Digitized and fully searchable online editions for 1913 and 1914)

CD Roms

Archive CD Books (The Parish Register Society of Dublin, Marriage Entries from the Registers of the Parishes St. Andrew, St. Anne, St. Audoen, & St. Bride, 1632-1800; Register of St. Nicholas Without, Dublin, 1694-1739)
Archive CD Books (Including Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of Ireland and other gazateers and guides; Farrar's Index to Irish Marriages 1771-1812)
www.eneclann.ie (Including Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of Ireland and other gazateers and guides)