This database contains an index extracted from marriage registers and banns from Roman Catholic parishes in Ireland.
Though the Church of Ireland, a Protestant denomination, was the established state church from 1536 to 1870, Ireland’s population remained overwhelmingly Roman Catholic. According to the 1861 census, almost 78 percent of the population was Catholic; by 1891, this had risen to 89 percent. This fact makes Catholic parish registers, when available, particularly valuable sources for Irish family history, both before and after civil registration began in 1864.
This collection includes selected records. Approximately 35% of the records are from County Meath and 15% are from County Roscommon.
Roman Catholic marriage register entries typically include
- marriage date
- bride (including maiden name)
|birth, born||nati, natus|
|burial, buried||sepulti, sepultus|
|christening, christened||baptismi, baptizatus|
|death, deceased||mortuus, defunctus|
|husband||maritus, sponsus, conjux|
|marriage||matrimonium, copulatio, copulati, conjuncti|
|marriage banns||banni, proclamationes, denuntiationes|
|wife||uxor, marita, conjux, sponsa|
Source: Ouimette, David S. Finding Your Irish Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide (Provo, Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 2005), 69.
To learn more about Catholic parish registers and other Irish records, see David S. Ouimette’s Finding Your Irish Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide (Provo, Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 2005).