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Births, Deaths & Marriages

Sources that record the vital events of births, deaths and marriages are the bread and butter of family history research. Compulsory civil or state registration of all births, deaths and marriages began in Ireland on 1st January 1864. Non-Catholic marriages, including Protestant and Jewish marriages as well as those conducted in a government registry office, were required in law to be registered from the 1st April 1845. Clearly, before these dates, Church Records and Gravestone Inscriptions are the main source of BDMs, with additional information supplied by newspapers and wills. Since the 1980s more and more [but, by no means all] BDMs have been databased by various institutions and organisations and you find links to some of these in the tables below. Sites marked * in the tables below charge fees - either pay per view or subscription.


GRONI, Belfast Searching for GRONI BDMs online* [Civil BDMs - some from 1845 & all from1864]
GROI Research Facility Dublin [Mormon website containing local and worldwide indexes.]


Emerald Ancestors* - read more.** [UHF, Antrim & Down] - read more.
ScotlandsPeople* [Ireland]** **

** You can access the Library Edition of [free] at local libraries in N. Ireland.


Online Guide to Church Records at PRONI. National Library of Ireland - Catholic Parish Registers
North & Mid Antrim Church Records - read more. Excel PDF Co. Londonderry Church Records - read more. Excel PDF
Coleraine Family History Society - Church Records* Lavey Parish, Co. Derry. Bann Valley Genealogy
Maps: Location of Churches in Co. L/Derry: C of I - RC - Presb.

GRAVESTONE INSCRIPTIONS Ballinascreen Hist. Society Ballymoney Graveyard McClay Papers

For War Graves see Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.


Newspapers, in general, are sometimes the only source for some births, deaths and marriages before compulsory registration. The Coleraine Branch of the North of Ireland Family History Society has produced a number of books and CDs on births, deaths and marriages in the Coleraine Chronicle &, the Ballymoney Northern Herald [1844-1869] and the Londonderry Sentinel [1829-1869]. Unfortunately the books are now out of print but copies are available in local libraries. The information in the books is now available in two CDs - The Londonderry Sentinel: Births, Marriages and Deaths and The Coleraine Chronicle and The Ballymoney Northern Herald: Births, Marriages and Deaths. For more details on the CDs, see . More on Newspapers.

WILLS [See PRONI Information Leaflet]

PRONI have now made some wills available online - click here to go directly to the wills calendar.
Prerogative Wills: Co. Londonderry, 1536-1858 [1,747 records] Excel PDF

Incidentally, if you have "hit a brick wall" in your search for an ancestor - Google the name - you never know what might appear on your computer screen!

My Databases
Databases compiled from 19th Century Census Substitutes
Databases compiled from 18th Century Census Subtitutes
Databases compiled from 17th Century Census Subtitutes
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