Last week I focused on the IrishGenealogy.ie and their indexes and online images. The images might not be there because:
• It’s a marriage before 1882
• It’s a death before 1891
• It’s a birth after 1915
• It’s a marriage after 1940
• It’s a death after 1962
• It’s any event in Northern Ireland after 1921
So what are the alternatives?
The original indexes created by FamilySearch cover the period of 1864 (1845 for Protestant marriages) to 1921 for all of Ireland and to 1958 for the Republic of Ireland. If you find an entry outside of the available dates for images at IrishGenealogy.ie, you can place your order directly with the General Register Office (GRO) using this form. The cost for each certificate is €4 (about $4.28). You can use either the Group ID number from the IrishGenealogy.ie indexes, or the Year/Quarter/Volume and Page number from the FamilySearch index. Both Ancestry and FindMyPast have versions of the FamilySearch Index.
If you ancestors were from the six counties of Northern Ireland (Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry or Tyrone), you can look at the indexes from the General Register Office of Northern Ireland (GRONI). GRONI has copies of all indexes and images for the six counties from the start of civil registration.
Before you can search the indexes you need to register and purchase credits. Each credit is worth £.40 (about $.50). You can purchase a maximum of 200 credits and the credits are good as long as your account stays active. Your account will be deemed inactive if you do not use or top up your account for a period of 24 months and you will lose any balance. You will be notified prior to this happening. The credits are used to view images. They cannot be used to purchase a certificate. Once you have purchased at least one credit you can begin your search.
The same data protection laws apply discussed last week apply for Northern Ireland, so using the online system you can only view birth records more than 100 years old, marriages records more than 75 years old, and death records more than 50 years old. If you visit GRONI in Belfast, however, you have access to additional records.
To begin your search you select the type of record (birth, death or marriage) and complete the search request. Either an exact date or range of years is required, and the site will only allow a search of a five year period, so you may have to repeat the search. The birth index returns information including the exact date of the birth and the mother’s maiden name.
When you find the correct record you can immediately request a “full” index for 5 credits ($3.00) which will provide the image of the entry. Don’t order the certificate unless you require it for legal reasons since it is the same image, but certified. Marriage indexes also return the xact date and the name of the spouse. Once you have an account, searching is free and you only use credits to purchase the digital image.
This system has been up and running since about 2014 and it rolls the available indexes into the system. For example, I searched today for a birth entry and the results were available through March 29, 1917.
Since there is a charge for obtaining the images at GRONI, use the IrishGenealogy.ie site for eligible events prior to 1922. Since GRONI has copies of event back to the beginning of civil registration for the six counties, you can use it if you need an image of a marriage or death record from the early years not yet available on IrishGenealogy.ie. For any records in Northern Ireland after 1921, you must use GRONI.
For more informaton on Civil Registration order my
Quick Reference Guide #2 on
Irish Civil Registration and Church Records
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