For info about records for non-Christian religious beliefs in Ireland, go to the Religious

Records page. Prior to civil registration was introduced in 1864, Church records supply the primary source for providing baptism, marital relationship and burial dates. The most typical church records in Ireland are baptism, marriage and burial signs up. Less common types of records are congregational censuses, lists of members, and emigration lists. Catholic and Presbyterian church signs up frequently do not contain burial signs up.

Determining the faith of those people or households being investigated will significantly increase the possibility of success.

  • Northern Ireland was created in 1922 and consists of the six northern counties of Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry (Derry), and Tyrone.
  • What is now the Republic of Ireland was predominantly Catholic, with lots of members of the Anglican Church of Ireland from rich Anglo-Irish families.
  • In Northern Ireland the Church of Ireland and numerous aspects of the Presbyterian Churches were the dominant religions representing sixty-percent of the population in 1861. While Catholics were a minority, they accounted for forty-percent of the population. Because that time, the Catholic population portion has continued to grow. Protestants and Catholics tend to reside in clustered communities with the majority of locations primarily Catholic or Protestant.

Complete Wiki posts are available on records for each of these churches.

  • Church of Ireland Records started in 1536, however two-thirds were damaged in 1922. This was the religious beliefs of much of the Northern Ireland London Business plantation settlers in the 17th century and the inhabitants of the Protestant Pale around Dublin.
  • Ireland Catholic Church Records began from the mid 1700s. A lot of rural parishes did not begin keeping records until Catholic Emancipation in 1828. Many of the city registers date from the 1750’s.
  • Ireland Presbyterian Church Records In 1605 Scottish estate owners transplanted mostly Presbyterian occupants from their estates to newly developed estates in Northern Ireland. Various signs up date from the 1600’s, but the typical starting date for these registers is 1830.
  • Ireland Methodist Church Records A Methodist society started in Dublin in 1746.
  • Ireland Quake Records In 1654, the Quaker faith (Spiritual Society of Friends) started in Ireland. By 1750, there were 150 Quake meetings across Ireland within the provinces of Ulster, Leinster, and Munster. Many of its original records exist and are located in the repositories.
  • Huguenots, seeking spiritual flexibility, likewise was available in the 1600s. Huguenot church records have been released in: The Publications of the Huguenot Society of London. N.p.: Huguenot Society of London, 18–. (Family History Library book 942.1/ L1 B4h.) Many Huguenots connected themselves with the Church of Ireland or with the Presbyterian Church.
  • In the mid-1600s Congregationalists and Baptists first pertained to Ireland as soldiers under Cromwell.
  • Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints established branches in Ireland by 1850. Records are mainly in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Accessing Ireland Church Records [″>modify|modify source]

Much of the records are going on the internet. However some, especially Protestant records are not yet readily available online

  • Most likely the most important collection of online church records in Ireland are the Catholic records of the NLI, indexed at Ancestry ($) and FindMyPast ($).
  • The ffolliott Collection, put together by the Irish genealogist Rosemary ffolliott includes, baptism and confirmation records, more than 57,000 of them from County Cork. The earliest date is 1625. Only 1,615 of the records are verifications FindMyPast ($).
  • RootsIreland ($) has records from all religious beliefs. Their website has actually detailed lists of precisely what is and what is not readily available. No images are readily available.
  • has lots of records for County Kerry, western and northwestern County Cork (Cork City excepted), and most of the City of Dublin.
  • The RCBL Lists gain access to arrangements for Anglican records. It may not point out which records are on other sites.
  • The IGI includes a choice of records from all faiths.
  • The FamilySearch Catalog includes some records.

The General Public Record Workplace of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has published:

  • An Irish Genealogical Source: Guide to Church Records. Belfast, Ireland: Ulster Historic Foundation on behalf of PRONI, 1994. (Family History Library book 941.6 K23pr.) This is a guide to finding church records in the general public Record Workplace of Northern Ireland. It also shows which records are still in local custody. This guide is also readily available as a PDF on Click on the link for ‘Online guides’ then click the link for ‘PRONI Guide to Church Records.’

The detailed catalog for PRONI information their holdings of church records. The Family History Library has a shot copy of the descriptive catalog. The sections describing church records are found on movies 1701904-5; 1701989; 1736433 items 5-9; 1736434 items 1-2.

The appendices in James G. Ryan, ed., Irish Church Records offer some names and addresses of church record archives. The appendices also offer information about Church of Ireland, Presbyterian, and Methodist records kept in local custody or deposited in nationwide archives.

Additional church records have actually been indexed because the directory site was released. Contact the proper centre for more existing info and to figure out the fees charged for browsing and copying index entries.

To recognize records or abstracts of church records discovered in Irish genealogical periodicals readily available at the Family History Library, speak with Smith’s Inventory of Genealogical Sources: Ireland

Online Databases [″>modify|modify source]


Glenageary, County Dublin, Ireland: Flyleaf Press, 1992.( FHL book Ref 941.5 K27rj. )Falley, Margaret Dickson. Irish and Scotch-Irish Ancestral Research. 2 vols. Evanston, Illinois: Margaret Dickson Falley, 1961-62.(FHL book Ref 941.5 D27f 2 vols.)Grenham, John. Tracing Your Irish Forefathers: The Total Guide. 3rd ed. Dublin, Ireland: Gill and Macmillan, 2006.(FHL book Ref 941.5D27gj 2006.)Some articles of interest found in the periodical The Irish Ancestor consist of: Whyte, Donald.”Old Parochial Registers of Scotland.”References to individuals from all parts of Ireland, batisms and marital relationships, that are kept in various parts

  • of Scotland Old Parochial Registers, covering years 1691-1846. Post in The Irish Forefather, vol.III, no. 2,1971 pages 79-82, Household History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i Brown, Mary Ross.”Births, Marriages and Deaths from the Journal of Rev. Adam Averell.”Article contains baptisms, births, marital relationships and deaths noted in his journal from 1754

    to 1808 all over Ireland. Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol.III, no. 2 1971, pages105-106, Family

    • History Library Book Ref. 941.5 B2i”Entries Relating to Irish Individuals in the Marriage Register of the Parish of Portpatrick, Wigtownshire, Scotland.” Entries of marriages, one or both individuals revealed need to have an Irish address, covers years 1720-1846, post in The IrishAncestor, vol.IX, no. 2.1977, pages 107-129, Family History
    • Library Salt Lake City Ref. 941.5 B2i v. 9 Punch, Terrence M.”Some Irish Immigrant Weddings in Nova Scotia 1841-1845.”List of one or both Irish Immigrants that were married in St. Peter’s Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia. 1841-1845, Post in The IrishAncestor, vol., pages 133-146, Family History Library Ref. 941.5
    • B2i v9. Stewart, Rev. David, 1950 Index to Congregations Listed in”The Seceders in Ireland. Household History Library Ref. 941.5 K 2ste Hayes, Richard J. Manuscript Sources for the History of Irish Civilization.(Family History Library book Ref 941.5 A5h.) Look under the headings”Parish Registers” and”Vestry Books “for Church of Ireland records, and appearance by denomination(Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, and so on)for other churches ‘records. In the place indexes, look for church records by county and after that town, city, or parish. Irish Household History Society. Directory of Parish Signs Up Indexed in Ireland.(Household History Library book Ref 941.5 K23dp
    • . )Research Tutorials at FamilySearch [modify|modify source] Keep in mind: Microsoft web browser may be needed for seeing tutorials. Browse Techniques and Indexes [edit|edit source] As you browse church records, use the following techniques: Browse allparish signs up and other offered church records of the suitable area for the time period you are investigating. Browse available Church of Ireland records even if your household was not of the Church of Ireland. Browse surrounding areas if you can not find records in the expected region. Catholics had various parish borders to the Church of Ireland Note all entries, consisting of burials, for the surname you are browsing (unless the name is extremely common). Keep in mind gaps or missing out on pages in the record.
    • You may wish to browse alternative records for the missing time periods. If you discover little or no reference of your household in parish records, search other records. Use the additional info(home,occupation, and so on)given up parish signs up to discover other records to search.