births, deaths and marriages

Kinsale, from Charles Fort

civil registration

Civil registration of Church of Ireland marriages began in 1 April 1845 but was not followed by registration for all until 1 January 1864. Registration districts were based on the poor law unions, the superintendent of each district kept the original certificates but also sent copies to the Registrar General in Dublin.

While there were penalties for non registration, experience has shown that not all were registered, this is particularly apparent in the death register.


The LDS has filmed:

  • all indexes up to 1958
  • birth certificates 1864-March 1881 and 1900-13
  • marriage certificates 1845-70
  • death certificates 1864-70.

The General Register Office will check indexes for a small fee. they will also provide photocopies of register entries given the year, quarter, volume, and page numbers, order forms can be downloaded from their web site. In recent years the GRO has gained a reputation for being very slow in producing photocopies, currently two weeks minimum, certified copies are a lot more expensive but also a lot faster.

roman catholic parish records

The earliest dates for Catholic parishes vary greatly. Towns generally have older records than the rural parishes and baptism's usually begin some years before marriages. In towns such as Youghal and Kinsale baptisms begin in 1805 but in some rural parishes they do not begin until the 1840s. Deaths were seldom recorded before the 1920s.

The dates for which records exist in all of Ireland can be found on the National Library web site


Cloyne: for the 46 parishes of this diocese the Mallow Heritage Centre has transcribed all available records on computer. They can be accessed for a fee.

Cork and Ross: There is no 'on line' way of obtaining records in this diocese. Records are available through the local parishes or on microfilm at the National Library in Dublin. Because of the volume of mail local parishes often do not respond to enquires. To access either may mean a visit in person. The diocese web site has addresses, telephone numbers, and some email addresses for each parish as well as the dates for which records exist.

The LDS has indexed C of I parish marriage records for the dioceses of Cloyne prior to 1 April 1845 on FHL BRITISH Film 924578. The Mallow Heritage Centre has C of I records for North Co. Cork

IMPORTANT NOTE: The advise on this page is intended for genealogists. If a certificate is needed for another purpose (such as a passport application) advice should be sort from the appropriate authority.

Cronin Families of Cork - Births, deaths and marriages
2002,3 Michael Cronin
Last revision: 28 March 2007