Death Records commence in Ireland from 1864. All Registered Deaths in the Ireland can be requested from 1864 todate. Please note however, that we are not a genealogy service – we provide civil / legal certificates for events that have occurred in Ireland. A maximum of 2 (two) search’s will be carried out per any one request so as we are not a Genealogy service, it is totally incumbent on you to ensure that the information you submit is as up-to-date and accurate as possible.
** Northern Ireland consists of six (6) counties only as follows: Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry (aka Derry) and Tyrone. For Births registered for these 6 Northern Ireland counties after 31/12/1921, with effect from February 2017 we can now provide certificates for events registered in Northern Ireland however, it will take slightly longer to do so.
You can apply online for Irish Death Certificates. Only after a Death has been officially registered by the next of kin or a Coroner, can you then apply online to buy any certificates that you may require.
Please also note that a Hospice, Hospital, GP or Nursing Home do not automatically register a death so if a death is a recent event, you need to obtain from the attending Doctor, the “Notification of Death” documentation to allow the relevant family member to be able to go and physically register the death at your local Births Deaths Marriages office and only after this has occurred, can you obtain an official Death Certificate.
If a Coroner is involved, only after his/her Report has been completed (which on average can take up to 12months), will the formal registration take place and the certificate can only then be requested. Typically, you will be notified by the Coroners’ Office that the paperwork has been submitted and you can then proceed to order the official Death Certificate. If an application is made for a Certificate and the Report has not yet been finalised, this is outside our remit and as soon as we are notified by you (once the Coroner’s Office have notified you), that the paperwork has been completed, we shall have the cert issued. Should you require a Certificate before the official one is available, the Coroner involved can have a temporary cert known as an “Interim Death Certificate” issued however, this has limited use.
If in doubt about a registration or if it is for a death that has taken place in the 1800’s or early 1900’s, we recommend that you use the “Search Only” option in the drop-down panel when choosing the quantity of certificates. If an entry is then found in the Register Books, we can notify you and provide a link for the balance of fees to obtain the original certificate.
Please Note: SEARCH ONLY: If you require a Search to be carried out, you are provided with a copy of the entry into the Registry Book only i.e. an email is sent to you with a scanned copy (if one is available) and not an actual certificate. Please note that a maximum of 2 (two) search’s will be carried out per any one request so as we are not a Genealogy service, it is totally incumbent on you to ensure that the information you submit is as up-to-date and accurate as possible. Furthermore, dependent on the year and/or the amount of information provided, it can take longer to process some search requests.
Births Deaths Marriages are unable to accept applications for Stillborn children. Stillborn registrations are classed as sealed records due to its sensitive nature. The Registrar can provide a certificate of stillbirth at the time of registration only to the parent signing the stillbirths register. Afterwards, the mother or father of the stillborn child can get a certified copy of the entry in the register at the Office of the Registrar-General.
How and where can I register my stillborn child?
In order to register the stillbirth a Birth Notification Form will usually be completed by the hospital staff with the parents. In the case of a home-birth, a midwife or doctor will do this. The form outlines the information to be recorded in the Register of Stillbirths and will be completed with the parents to ensure that the information to be registered is accurate. This form will be forwarded to a registration office to inform the Registrar that a stillbirth has occurred. In order for the registration to be completed the parent(s) or other qualified informant must attend the Registrar’s office in person to sign the Stillbirths Register.
What Documentation is required?
In order for the stillbirth to be registered the medical practitioner who attended the stillbirth, or examined the baby must give you a certificate stating the baby’s weight and gestational age and the name and address of where the stillbirth took place.
Even if a stillbirth occurred many years ago, it may still be registered. If the stillbirth took place prior to 1st January 1995 specific evidence must be produced to prove that a stillbirth took place. This evidence can take the form of an authoritative statement in writing from the hospital, nursing home or midwife, again stating the date and place the stillbirth occurred as well as the weight or gestational age of the baby.
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