Sunday, January 15, 2017

Free on line Irish Civil Registrtion Records

For any of us that are doing Irish Genealogy and Research, September of 2016 was a big day for us. Why you ask?
Because that is when the civil vital records from Ireland's General Register Office, otherwise known as GRO went on line for free. To view civil records go to

They have the following on line:
    • Births         1864-1915
    • Marriages   1882-1940
    • Deaths         1891-1965
They will have some earlier dates on future updates. The end dates are due to privacy law restrictions.

You can search their site for free and they have a lot of images to view. You will need to sign in and a small easy test to prove you are not a robot, but then you view all the images on line that are available for FREE.
There is a great section explaining what they have available and also a section telling you where to get other Irish records. some examples are as follows:
  • Civil Records
  • Church Records
  • Census Records
  • Property Records
  • Migration Records
  • Graveyards
  • Geography
  • How to 
Also a great section on HOW DOES THIS SITE WORK?
The site gives a great number of resources. If you have Irish Ancestors do not delay in checking it out.
Under marriages I found  the records of two cousins twice removed. They are the children of James Nolan the brother of Sarah Nolan, my Great Grandmother on my Father's side of the Family. 

You may remember that I couldn't find any records of the two eldest children (James and Jane) of William & Anne Eliza (Maguines/Magennis) Nolan (my great grandparents) coming to America. James is Sarah's older brother found in the 1881 Scotland's Census. Sarah, her father William, and her brother Joseph were living with James and his wife Mary Ann and their daughter Susan. Susan is one of the marriage images that I found. William Nolan her younger brother is the other image I found.

I will continue to use this site to find other cousin records. But I wanted to get the word out as quickly as possible for you to find this wonderful new research website for your Irish ancestors. HAPPY HUNTING  on