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

Nature of Source

Records of Methodist baptism/birth, marriage and burial/death. John and Charles Wesley first visited Ireland in the mid-18th century and eventually established the first Methodist chapel in Whitefriar Street, Dublin in 1752. Many more Methodist Societies were established but all operated within the established Anglican Church of Ireland. As a result, records of baptism, marriage or burial may be found in Church of Ireland registers. Some Methodists jointly belonged to other denominations such as the Quakers and Presbyterian and therefore might appear in their records. A schism between Methodists who wanted to stay within the Established Church and those who wanted separation developed into a split between two groupings in 1816. The Primitive Methodists retained the links to the Church of Ireland whilst the Wesleyan Methodist Connexion moved to independence and therefore began organising their own registers of baptism, marriage and burial. Eventually the Primitive Methodists broke from the Church of Ireland and in 1878 joined with the Wesleyan Methodists to form the Methodist Church in Ireland.

In general registers were organised by circuit which consisted of a number of societies, chapels or churches and officiated over by a minister. It is important to note that some individual societies changed their circuit over time and that the registers remained in the personal property of the minister. The earliest baptism registers will begin around 1816 but mostly from 1830. Marriages were licensed to take place in a Methodist place of worship from 1863, although from 1845 marriages could take place in a Methodist chapel but in the presence of the District Registrar who anyway retained the record. Very few Methodist chapels had burial grounds, so burial records will be found in Church of Ireland registers.

Other possible records of interest include Membership Registers and quarterly Class Rolls arranged by society or circuit and session minutes of society meeting which might contain personal information on a member.

Baptism records of Wesleyan Methodists can be found in the 'Irish Wesleyan Methodist Connexional Baptismal Register' which contains transcriptions covering c1815 to c1845 and a listing of almost every Wesleyan Methodist chapel in Ireland around 1863. The register is available at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and at the National Library of Ireland.

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. Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland parishes often had different names covering different geographical areas. Use Lewis' Topographical Dictionary for locating a particular parish which is available online at www.libraryireland.com/topog/index.php.

See Also
Surname Origins and Distribution

Where Found

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) (Holdings include baptism records, 1815-1840 and a listing of surviving registers)
The National Library of Ireland (Copies of Methodist records)
Local chapels
Wesley Historical Society (Registers and obituary indexes)
Local Heritage Centres
LDS FamilySearch Centers
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)

Period Covered

1816 - Onwards

Genealogical Value

Baptism
Name of child, father’s full name, mother’s first name, address (townland or street), father’s occupation from the 1820s.
Marriage
Full names, ages and addresses of bride and groom, occupation of groom, names and occupations of the fathers of bride and groom, names of witnesses.
Burial
Name and address of deceased.

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
Ffeary-Smyrl, Steven C. Irish Methodists: Where Do I Start?: Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations, 2000  
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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Grenham, John. Irish Ancestors, A Pocket Guide to Your Family History: Gill & Macmillan, 2004

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McCarthy, Tony. The Irish Roots Guide. Dublin: The Lilliput Press, 1991

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Maxwell, Ian. Tracing Your Ancestors in Northern Ireland: A Guide to Ancestry Research in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland: Stationery Office, 1997

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Maxwell, Ian. How To Trace Your Irish Ancestors: How To Books, 2009

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Maxwell, Ian. Your Irish Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians: Pen and Sword, 2008

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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.irish-genealogy-toolkit.com/Irish-ancestry-search.html (Irish Genealogy Toolkit: How to find records for Irish Methodists)
www.movinghere.org.uk/galleries/roots/irish/irishrecords/irishrecords.htm (Church Records: Other Denominations Methodist and Quaker)
https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Ireland_Methodist_Church_Records (Research Wiki: Ireland Methodist Church Records)
www.from-ireland.net/gene/churchrecrds.htm#methodist1 (Methodist Church Records)
www.irishmethodist.org/about/genealogy.php (The Methodist Church in Ireland: Genealogy)
www.irishmethodist.org/about/history.php (Methodist Church in Ireland: History of the Methodist Church in Ireland)
www.wesleyhistoricalsociety.org.uk/dmbi (Online Dictionary of Methodism in Britain and Ireland)
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.nationalarchives.ie/genealogy1/genealogy-records/parish-records-marriage-licences
(National Archives of Ireland Guide: Parish records and marriage licences)
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.irish-genealogy-toolkit.com/index.html (Irish Genealogy Toolkit will guide you to your Irish ancestors)
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)
https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/getting-started-in-irish-genealogy/594 (FamilySearch.org: Learning Center Online Genealogy Course: Getting Started in Irish Genealogy. Lecture designed to acquaint beginning genealogist with strategies and sources for getting started in Irish genealogy)
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)  
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/records/church/methodist/index.htm (Methodist Records)
www.irishtimes.com/ancestor/browse (A county-by-county listing of relevant 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.rootsweb.com/~nirwgw (Information on Northern Irish counties and available resources)
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: Family Records Database: Includes parish registers of all denominations. See web site for the range of material available for each county)
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wjmartin/wesleyan.htm (Wesleyan Methodist Baptismal Register transcripts by Ida Reed)
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.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.emeraldancestors.com (Northern Ireland births, marriages and deaths)
www.glasnevintrust.ie/genealogy (Transcribed entries from the Glasnevin Cemetery [Officially Prospect Cemetery], Dublin the largest nondenominational cemetery in Ireland, opened in 1832)
www.interment.net/data/ireland/dublin/glasnevin/glasnevin.htm (Transcribed entries from the Glasnevin Cemetery [Officially Prospect Cemetery], Dublin the largest nondenominational cemetery in Ireland, opened in 1832. More transcripts with headstone photos can be found at Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives)
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.findmypast.co.uk (The 1798 Rebellion: Claimants and Surrenders: Lists of individuals of those who made claims for compensation for loss of property during the rising, and rebels who surrendered in Dublin City and Coolock Barony)
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.proni.gov.uk/index/search_the_archives/proninames.htm (The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland Name Search: Surviving fragments of the 1740 and the 1766 religious census returns listing Roman Catholic or Protestant heads of households)
www.proni.gov.uk/index/search_the_archives/proninames.htm (The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland Name Search: 1775 dissenters petitions which contain lists of names of Dissenters, mainly Roman Catholics and Presbyterians, arranged either by parish, by congregation, by town and neighbourhood)
www.cmcrp.net (Christening, marriage, and cemetery records county by county)

CD Roms

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 gazetteers and guides)