Irish BMD Records Ordering Service
Did you know that birth certificates (1864-1920), marriage certificates (1845-1945) and death certificates (1871-1970) are now freely available online at www.irishgenealogy.ie
Although the records online at www.irishgenealogy.ie will be valuable for many researching their Irish ancestors, this database is far from complete or accurate and only covers certain periods.
In some cases there is no link to an image of the original record or the link is to an incorrect page. Births after 1919, Non Catholic marriages from 1845 to 1864, marriages after 1944 and deaths prior to 1871 and after 1969 are also not available www.irishgenealogy.ie.
Our genealogy Clerk service fulfills orders for copies of birth, marriage and death registrations at the General Register Office (GRO) itself. Once you provide us with the reference details for the record, we can obtain a copy of this record from the original registers at the GRO, even if the record is missing from the online collection.
An alternative index of births, deaths and marriages for Ireland is also available online at www.familysearch.org where you will find the index references to these vital records and where you may find references to records that are missing from www.irishgenealogy.ie .
Timeline will provide you with a copy of the original entry in the civil birth, death or marriage register.
If you require a long form birth, marriage or death certificate for a citizenship application or foreign birth registration, please specify in the form below.
** Please be aware that there are currently delays obtaining certificates, whether scanned copies or long form certificates, due to the closure of the public research room and the fact that staff at the General Register Office are working from home. Orders will be processed as quickly as possible. It is hoped that the lifting of restrictions later in 2021 will speed up processing of orders.
Irish Birth, Marriage & Death Certificate Order Form
Civil registration in Ireland commenced in 1864, when it became compulsory to register all births, deaths and marriages. Although in the early years of civil registration an estimated 15% of births and marriages went unregistered. Non-Catholic marriages in Ireland were registered from 1845. Birth certificates record the name, date of birth and place of birth of the child. They also record the name, occupation and address of the father and maiden name of the mother. Marriage certificates record the name, age, address and occupation of the bride and groom. They also record the names and occupations of their fathers, the witnesses to the marriage and the church in which the marriage took place. Death certificates are the least informative, they record the name, age, address, marital status and occupation of the deceased, the cause of death and the name of the informant.
The Civil Registration Index Books are held by the General Register Office (GRO). These indexes have been digitised and are available online at familysearch (free) and Ancestry (subscription). More recently another version of the indexes has been made available online at www.irishgenealogy.ie (free), where there is now a link to the original registration records; Births 1864-1916, Marriages 1882-1940 and Deaths 1891-1965. Once you have identified the entry that you are interested in, and it is not available online, you need to order a copy of the original registration by filling in our form above.
For the form you will require the name of the person, the year of the event and registration district as well as either the volume, page number and quarter or the Group Registration ID (which is one of the index references used on www.irishgenealogy.ie). Once you have found this information in the indexes, you can order a copy of the record.
Please enter the information carefully. We will only order the certificate using the reference that you provide. We cannot refund your fee if the reference you supply is incorrect. On receipt of your order, we will obtain a copy of the birth, death or marriage record that you have requested.
Delivery InformationScanned Certificates
A digital image of this certificate will be emailed to you within 5 working days of receipt of payment.**
**Due to the closure of the Public Research Room at the General Register Office we are experiencing long delays for orders of scanned certificates, which may take up to 30 days to obtain. The GRO Research Room is due to reopen in early December 2020. We will process all orders as quickly as we can under the current circumstances.
Long Form Certificates
A physical copy of your long form cert will be dispatched by post within 10 working days.**
**The General Register Office are experiencing long delays with the issuing of long form certificates, and it is currently taking between 4 and 6 weeks for long form certificates to be sent out. You order will be dispatched to you as soon as possible.
Payment InformationCredit Card
You can pay for your BMD order directly on this page with your credit/debit card. Our form processes payments securely via © Stripe. Your card details never hit our server and none of your credit card information is made available to us.
Alternatively if you have a PayPal account you can choose to pay for your BMD order via PayPal.
Terms & Conditions:
Copies of items will only be obtained according to the copyright permissions of the holding repository. Scanned Certs are provided on the understanding that no copy will be reproduced without the permission of the holding repository and copies are supplied for the purpose research and private study only and not for publication in any form. By using Timeline’s Genealogy Clerk Service you are agreeing to the terms and conditions stated above.