BMD Records Ireland

For the period before 1864, church records provide the only record of most baptisms, marriages and burials Catholic Parish Records .Original parochial records (baptisms, marriages and burials) of the Roman Catholic Church remain with the relevant parishes. Microfilms of parochial registers are available at the National Library of Ireland for most Roman Catholic parishes in Ireland for the years up to 1880 and in some cases up to 1900. Church of Ireland parish records Parochial records (baptisms, marriages and burials) of the Church of Ireland (Anglican Church) often remain with the relevant parishes. They survive for about one third of the parishes throughout the country. Those for the pre-1870 period are public records and the registers may also be available in original or microfilm form at the Representative Church Body Library. PRONI holds copies of all surviving Church of Ireland registers for the dioceses of Armagh, Clogher, Connor, Derry, Dromore, Down, Kilmore and Raphoe. As well as covering all six counties of Northern Ireland, these dioceses also cover counties Cavan, Donegal, Louth, Monaghan and part of county Leitrim which are in the Republic. Copies of those registers from within the Republic which were microfilmed by PRONI, are held by the RCB Library. A list of all Church of Ireland parish registers which indicate whether they survive and where they might be held, is available in the National Archives.ecords of marriage licences provide information concerning some Church of Ireland marriages before 1845. People wishing to obtain a licence to marry without having banns called were required to enter into a bond with the bishop of the diocese. The licences and bonds do not survive (in most cases), but the indexes to the bonds lodged in each Diocesan Court and the Prerogative Court are available in the reading room of the Archives. Transcripts (and some digitised images) of Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland parochial registers of baptisms, marriages and burials for the pre-1900 period are currently being uploaded free of charge on hosted by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltach


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