Government (civil) registration of marriages began for non-Catholic marriages in 1845, and for Catholic marriages in 1864. The index to civil registration is available on findmypast. The full records reside in The General Register Office and photocopies for genealogical research can be ordered, for a fee, from that office. To order a certificate you will need the registration year/quarter, registration district and volume and page number provided in the transcript. Please note no labelled space is provided on the current GRO forms for Volume and Page number, you can fill in this detail in Section 2 of the form.

Multiple Spouses?

Understanding the search results.

Do your search results list several possible spouses? Does this mean your ancestor married each of these people?

Our search provides potential matches for people found on the same page of a register (volume).This extremely useful function allows you to match spouses more easily, especially in cases where a spouse’s first name is all that is known, or both spouses have very common surnames, or where the precise year or registration district is not known.

The original Index to the registers lists spouses separately and in alphabetical order.

For example:

"Martin Walsh" would be listed alongside all of the other Walshs that married that year and beside each is a Volume and Page number.

His wife "Mary Smith" would be listed alongside all of the other Smiths that married that year, again with a Volume and Page number next to each.

Rather than searching separately and trying to match Volume & Page numbers of all the Walshs and Smiths that married in a particular year the MarriageFinder matches them for you.

We have taken the work out of searching the Index of Ireland Marriages. Our flexible search allows you to search for a married couple using first names. This is particularly useful in cases when the bride's maiden name is unknown. Use the 'What Else?' box at the start of your search, or the Spouse Forename/Spouse Surname boxes on the left hand side after choosing the Ireland Marriages record set.

Record Coverage

  • 1845 – 1863, all non-Catholic Marriages in all 32 counties in Ireland
  • 1864 – 1921, all marriages in all 32 counties in Ireland
  • 1922 – 1958, all marriages in 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland

  • Civil Registration Districts

    The original civil registration districts were based on 160 medical dispensary districts and in many cases cross county boundaries. This means that in certain cases marriages will be recorded in a county other than where the person lived. We have provided a list of the registration districts and their counties below.

    Some districts were absorbed by others or changed name, these are as follows:

  • Parsonstown = Birr
  • Irvinestown = Lowtherstown
  • Donaghmore, after 1887 search: Roscrea and Urlingford
  • Glin, after 1892 search: Listowel and Rathkeale
  • Gortin, after 1889 search: Omagh and Strabane
  • Newport, after 1886 search: Westport

  • County Registration District CountyRegistration District
    AntrimAntrim LeitrimBallyshannon
    AntrimBallycastle LeitrimBawnboy
    AntrimBallymena LeitrimCarrick-on-Shannon
    AntrimBallymoney LeitrimManorhamilton
    AntrimBelfast LeitrimMohill
    AntrimLarne LimerickCroom
    AntrimLisburn LimerickGlin
    AntrimLurgan LimerickKillmallock
    ArmaghArmagh LimerickMitchelstown
    ArmaghBanbridge LimerickNewcastle
    ArmaghCastleblaney LimerickRathkeale
    ArmaghDundalk LimerickTipperary
    ArmaghNewry LondonderryBallymoney
    CarlowBaltinglass LondonderryLondonderry
    CarlowCarlow LondonderryMagherafelt
    CarlowEnniscorthy LondonderryLimavady
    CarlowNew Ross   
    CarlowShillelagh LongfordBallymahon
    CavanBailieborough LongfordLongford
    CavanCavan LouthArdee
    CavanCootehill LouthDrogheda
    CavanEnniskillen LouthDundalk
    CavanKells MayoBallina
    CavanOldcastle MayoBallinrobe
    ClareBallyvaughan MayoCastlebar
    ClareCorrofin MayoCastelreagh
    ClareEnnis MayoClaremorris
    ClareEnnistimon MayoKillala
    ClareKilladysert MayoNewport
    ClareKilrush MayoSwineford
    ClareLimerick MayoWestport
    ClareTulla MeathArdee
    CorkBandon MeathDrogheda
    CorkBantry MeathDunshaughlin
    CorkCastletown MeathEdenderry
    CorkClonakilty MeathKells
    CorkCork MeathNavan
    CorkDunmanway MeathOldcastle
    CorkFermoy MeathTrim
    CorkKillmallock MonaghanCarrickmacross
    CorkKinsale MonaghanCastleblaney
    CorkMacroom MonaghanClogher
    CorkMallow MonaghanClones
    CorkMiddleton MonaghanCootehill
    CorkMillstreet MonaghanDundalk
    CorkMitchelstown MonaghanMonaghan
    CorkSkull OffalyEdenderry
    CorkYoughal OffalyMountmellick
    DonegalBallyshannon OffalyRoscrea
    DonegalDonegal OffalyTullamore
    DonegalDunfanaghy OffalyBirr
    DonegalInishowen RoscommonAthlone
    DonegalLetterkenny RoscommonBallinasloe
    DonegalLondonderry RoscommonBoyle
    DonegalMilford RoscommonCarrick-on-Shannon
    DonegalStrabane RoscommonCastlereagh
    DonegalStranorlar RoscommonRoscommon
    DownBelfast SligoBallina
    DownDownpatrick SligoBoyle
    DownKilkeel SligoDromore West
    DownLisburn SligoSligo
    DownLurgan SligoTobercurry
    DownNewtownards TipperaryBorrisokane
    DublinBalrothery TipperaryCarrick-on-Suir
    DublinCelbridge TipperaryCashel
    DublinDublin North TipperaryClogheen
    DublinDublin South TipperaryClonmel
    DublinDunshaughlin TipperaryNenagh
    DublinNaas TipperaryParsonstown
    DublinRathdown TipperaryRoscrea
    FermanaghBallyshannon TipperaryTipperary
    FermanaghClones TipperaryUrlingford
    FermanaghEnniskillen TipperaryBirr
    FermanaghLowtherstown TyroneArmagh
    FermanaghLisnaskea TyroneCastlederg
    GalwayBallinasloe TyroneCookstown
    GalwayBallinrobe TyroneDungannon
    GalwayClifden TyroneEnniskillen
    GalwayGalway TyroneGortin
    GalwayGlennamaddy TyroneIrvinestown
    GalwayGort TyroneLowtherstown
    GalwayLonghrea TyroneOmagh
    GalwayMountbellew TyroneStrabane
    GalwayPortumna WaterfordCarrick-on-Suir
    GalwayScarriff WaterfordClonmel
    GalwayTuam WaterfordDungarvan
    KerryCahersiveen WaterfordLismore
    KerryDingle WaterfordWaterford
    KerryGlin WaterfordYoughal
    KerryKillarney WestmeathAthlone
    KerryListowel WestmeathBallymahon
    KerryTralee WestmeathDelvin
    KildareAthy WestmeathMullingar
    KildareBaltinglass WestmeathTullamore
    KildareEdenderry WexfordEnniscorthy
    KildareNaas WexfordGorey
       WexfordNew Ross
    KilkennyCallan WexfordShillelagh
    KilkennyCarrick-on-Suir WexfordWexford
    KilkennyKilkenny WicklowBaltinglass
    KilkennyNew Ross WicklowNaas
    KilkennyThomastown WicklowRathdown
    KilkennyUrlingford WicklowRathdrum
    KilkennyWaterford WicklowShillelagh