Irish General Register Office records



A general word of warning about civil registration

A general word of warning about civil registration is necessary: some proportion of all three categories simply went unregistered, particularly in the two decades up to 1884. It is impossible to be sure how much is not there, since the thoroughness of local registration depended very much on local conditions and on the individuals responsible but experience in cross-checking from other sources such as parish and census records suggests that as much as 10 - 15 per cent of marriages and births simply do not appear in the registers.

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