Irish marriage records: Uncover your ancestors’ nuptials
Niall Cullen, Findmypast
Marriage records are the cornerstones for building any family tree. Not only do they provide a glimpse into one of the most important events in your ancestors’ lives but they can tell you a great deal about them too like their age, residence and fathers’ names.
In Ireland, civil registration began in 1845. Before this, marriage records would only have been kept by local parish churches. Even in 1845, it was only non-Catholic marriages that were registered. Legal registration was fully introduced for all religions in 1864.
These civil registers are held by Ireland’s General Register Office but you can search their indexes, up to 1958, on Findmypast. The powerful Marriage Finder™ tool will help you find what you’re looking for, even if you’re unsure of some of the spouses’ details. Once you’ve found your ancestors marriage on Findmypast, you can order a copy of the certificate from The GRO in Dublin online or in person.
Findmypast also provides other collections for you to trace your Irish ancestors’ marriage records, even if they are not included in the civil registration indexes. These include:
Farrar’s Index of Irish Marriages 1771-1812
Irish Marriage Notices in American Newspapers 1835-1860
Ireland Marriages, 1619-1898
Marriage certificates represents the union of two sides of your family tree – a poignant memorial of what made you what you are today.
Did you know?Despite funerals being the saddest of occasions, they often produce wonderfully warm and life-affirming poems and blessings. The Irish have a great tradition for funeral poems and blessings. Find out more.
Have you heard about…Some of the most popular surnames in Ireland have histories that go back hundreds, even thousands of years. Several originated from the ancient Irish clans that ruled various parts of the country over the centuries. Find out the stories of some of the most common names in Ireland.
What about this…Brian Boru is known as the last High King of Ireland and is even credited with seeing off the Vikings who had terrorised the Irish for over 200 years. Find out more.