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General Register Office (GRO)  Research Facility

The General Register Office (Oifig An Ard-Chláraitheora) maintains a family research facility at Werburgh Street, Dublin 2.

At this office members of the public, for a prescribed fee, may search the indexes to the registers and purchase photocopies of records identified from the indexes.  Please see Searches and Fees below for details of the fees.

Indexes in relation to the following records of life events are available for inspection at the research facility:

  • Births registered in the island of Ireland between 1st January, 1864 and 31 December, 1921 inclusive, and in Ireland (excluding the six north-eastern counties of Derry, Antrim, Down, Armagh, Fermanagh and Tyrone known as Northern Ireland) from 1922 onwards.
  • Deaths registered in the island of Ireland between 1st January, 1864 and 31st December, 1921 inclusive and in Ireland (excluding Northern Ireland) from 1922 onwards.
  • Non-Roman Catholic Marriages registered in the island of Ireland between 1st April, 1845 and 31st December, 1863 inclusive.
  • Marriages registered in the island of Ireland between 1st January, 1864 and 31st December, 1921 inclusive and in Ireland (excluding Northern Ireland) from 1922 onwards.
  • Domestic Adoptions registered in Ireland from 10th July, 1953 onwards.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday, (excluding public holidays) from 9.15 a.m. to 4.45 p.m. 

Searches and Fees

Two types of searches may be undertaken at the genealogical/family history research facility:

  1. A specific search covering a maximum of 5 years for a fee of €2.00
  2. A general search covering any number of years for a fee of €20.00 per day

A photocopy of an entry in the records can be purchased for €4.00.

Records held at GRO, Roscommon

The General Register Office, (Oifig an Ard-Chláraitheora) is located at Government Offices, Convent Road, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon.  In addition to the records maintained at the family research facility in the Werburgh Street, Dublin 2 indexes to the following registers of life events are maintained solely at Roscommon. 

These include:

  • Births at Sea of children, one of whose parents was born on the island of Ireland between 1st January, 1864 and 31st December, 1921. Births at Sea of Children, one of whose parents was born in Ireland after 1921.
  • Deaths at Sea of persons born on the island of Ireland between 1st January, 1864 and 31st December, 1921 and of persons born in Ireland after 1921.
  • Births of children of Irish parents, certified by British Consuls abroad, between 1st January, 1864 and 31st December, 1921.
  • Deaths of Irish-born persons, certified by British Consuls abroad, between 1st January, 1864 and 31st December, 1921.
  • Marriages celebrated in Dublin by the late Rev. J F G Schulze, Minister of the German Protestant Church, Poolbeg Street , Dublin , from 1806 to 1837 inclusive.
  • Births, Deaths and Marriages registered pursuant to the provisions of the (Army) Act, 1879.
  • Births and Deaths registered pursuant to the provisions of the Defence (Amendment) (No. 2) Act, 1960.
  • Certain births and deaths occurring outside the State (Pursuant to the provisions of The Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act, 1972, Sec. 4).
  • Certain Lourdes Marriages (Pursuant to the provisions of the Marriages Act, 1972, Sec.2).
  • Stillbirths registered in Ireland from 1st January 1995 (certified copies available to parents only).
  • Deaths of Irish officers and enlisted persons killed in action or who died while serving abroad in The Great War (WW1) 1914 - 1919.
  • Death returns relating to the South African War (1899 – 1902) in so far as they relate to Irish subjects.

To request a certificate from these records please go to Apply for Certificates page.

Last modified:21/10/2013
 

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