163 union-based registration districts - superintendent registrar 798 dispensary-based registration districts - registrar of births, deaths and Roman Catholic marriages (=> to Sup.) 130 registrars of Protestant and civil marriages (=>Registrar General) GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE BACKGROUND
GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE BACKGROUND GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE BACKGROUND
TOWNLANDS IN POOR-LAW UNIONS Townlands in poor law unions : a reprint of poor law union pamphlets of the general registrar's office with an introduction, and six appendices relating to Irish genealogical research, (ed G.Handran, 1997 Higginson, Salem Ma.), Eneclann
THE REGISTRATION SYSTEM Local registrars maintained current local registers; Local registrars forwarded copies to central General Register Office Superintendent Registrars held all completed registers for their area.
EVOLUTION OF THE SYSTEM Obligation to register Births and Deaths Registration Act (Ireland ) Amendment 1880
INFORMATION RECORDED: BIRTHS Persons required to register births were: the parent or parents, or in the case of death or inability of the parent or parents the occupier of the house or tenement in which the child was born, or the Nurse, or any person present at the birth of the child. The information they were required to supply was: the date and place of birth; the name (if any); the sex; the name, surname and dwelling place of the father; the name, surname, maiden surname and dwelling place of the mother; the rank, profession, or occupation of the father. The informant and the Registrar were both required to sign each entry, which also included date of registration, residence of the informant and his or her "qualification" (for example, "present at birth"). Notice to the Registrar of the birth to be given within 21 days, and full details within three months.
INFORMATION RECORDED: DEATHS Persons required to register deaths were: some person present at death, or some person in attendance during the last illness of the deceased, or the occupier of the house or tenement where the death took place, or someone else residing in the house or tenement where the death took place, or any person present at, or having knowledge of the circumstances of, the death. The information they were required to supply was: the date and place of death; the name and surname of the deceased; the sex of the deceased; the condition of the deceased as to marriage; the age of the deceased at last birthday; the rank, profession or occupation of the deceased; the certified cause of death, and the duration of the final illness; Informant and the Registrar both required to sign each entry, to include date of registration, residence of the informant and his or her "qualification" (for example, "present at death"). Notice to the Registrar of the death to be given within 7 days, and full details within 14 days.
INFORMATION RECORDED: MARRIAGES The information to be supplied was: the date when married; the names and surnames of each of the parties marrying; their respective ages; their condition (i.e. bachelor, spinster, widow, widower); their rank, profession or occupation; their residences at the time of marriage; the name and surname of the fathers of each of the parties ; the rank, profession or occupation of the fathers of each of the parties.
GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE MARRIAGE Records: Place, Date, Names, Occupations, Addresses, Fathers’ names and occupations, witnesses
DOING RESEARCH: GRO Central indexes 1 volume per year to 1877; 4 thereafter €2 per 5 years indexes; €20 full day €4 per print-out
GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE: BELFAST General Register Office for Northern Ireland; Oxford House; 49-55 Chichester Street; Belfast BT1 4HL Computerised register searches Appointment needed
ANOMALIES Shultze registers Maritime registers Foreign register Army records Late registrations
GRO RECORDS Available via: General Register Offices, Dublin & Belfast NI GRO online - https://geni.nidirect.gov.uk Local registrar’s offices (Health centres) Some heritage centres (www.rootsireland.ie) LDS Microfilm: indexes to 1958, some registers www.familysearch.org (Births 1864-81?, Marriages & deaths to 1870?; Indexes “1845-1958”)
GRO RECORDS ONLINE: N.I. http s ://geni.nidirect.gov.uk