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[Note: the following are ALL links, down to the pharase "National Addresses"]

When writing to any of the following, it is useful to enclose international postage vouchers. When making enquiries, give as much detail as possible. See Sending Funds Overseas
You address your letter more or less like this:
Name Surname
Some Street
Kilmore, County Roscommon
There aren't any postal codes in the Republic of Ireland, so don't worry about using them. The postcodes for those who wish to write to addresses in Northern Ireland can be found at the UK Postcode Search. If you know the townland name for rural addresses please use it along with the remainder of the address. It is an important part of our heritage which is in danger of disappearing.

By the way, you can probably save yourself some money if you send your letter first class instead of air mail -- from most of the civilized world, international mail all goes on an airplane, not on a ship; no sense paying extra for what you get anyway.

Republic National Addresses

Northern Ireland (Ulster)






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National Addresses

Republic of Ireland Phonebook includes residential listings (under 'Personal Finder').
The country code for telephoning the Republic of Ireland is 353, and should be dialed before the numbers listed below.

Birth, Death and Marriage Records: General Register Office, Joyce House
March, 2000 keep an eye open for GRO's own site 8-11 Lombard street East
Dublin 2,
Ph (01) 671 1000.
Open Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 12.30pm and2.15pm to 4.30pm
Birth Certificates:
Check Registrar General Offices;
see addresses below for particular counties.
Please make out checks to the
Registrar General of Birth
(9:30 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 16:30
Monday to Friday)

Civil Registration for non-Catholics started in Ireland in 1845
(marriages) and for all in 1864 (births,marriages and deaths).
The LDS (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) has an Index
to all of the above (will give you the Registar District and the Volume
page # where the event is recorded. Then you can send for a certificate.)
film #'s for births:
1868 .. 0101045
1869 .. 0101046
1872 .. 0101049
1894-95 .. 0101065

These birth, death,and marriage records are held in the Registrar Generals's office You can request a certificate of the event by mail cost is 5.50 punts (about $10.00) and takes about 6 weeks by mail, be sure and make your check out to "the Registrar General".

(Or, you can ask if somone online is willing to get a copy of the microfilm entry for you when they're doing their personal search. That copy is 1.50 punts (less than $3.00 ) and if you have the vol.and page references it isn't a great deal of trouble.)

Genealogical Office
National Library
2 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Ph 01 603 02000
When one goes to NLI for Genealogical research as opposed to other research the process of getting a reader's ticket is simplified and there is expert help available if needed, so on entering the main door one gives "genealogical research" as the purpose of your visit. No reason other than that is required to view Co. Dublin records, just find a viewer, fill out the request slip and the microfilm will be delivered to you at the table!

Government Publications Office
Sun Alliance House
Molesworth St.
Dublin 2, Ireland
Tel 353 1 661 3111

Central Office, Land Registry
Chancery Street
Dublin 7
(Ordinance Survey Property Maps)

Land Commission
24 Merrion Street
For queries, be sure to include all known detail concerning the lands
including reference, townland, district

. National Archives
Four Courts
Bishop Street, Dublin 8.
Ph (01) 4783711
Now includes
the Public Record Office of Ireland and
the State Paper Office.
Government records, census returns, wills,
collections of private papers etc can be inspected there.
Irish Register of Births, Marriages, and Deaths since 1864
(open Monday to Friday 10:00 to 17:00)

Will Search Ireland Co. Ltd
More about Wills

National Archives of Ireland
Bishop Street, Dublin 8
Holdings include the records formerly held in the State Paper Office, Dublin Castle. . The National Library
Kildare Street, Dublin 2,
Ph: 01 603 02000
Tel: 1-8732233
Fax: Fax 6766690 Hours: Mon-Wed 10am-9pm; Thurs/Fri 10am-5pm; Sat 10am-1pm
which houses:
  • the Largest Collection of Newspaper in Ireland,
  • Index to surname in both Tithe Alloments Books and Griffith Valuation
  • the only place that it is possible to search
    the Majority of Roman Catholic Register
    on Microfilm for the 32 Countrys.
(Monday to Friday 10:00 to 17:00 and
Saturday 10:00 to 13:00)

.Public Record Office
Four Courts
Dublin 4
Tel: 1-6618811
Hours: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F

. Irish Land Registry and Deeds
Henriena Street. Dubin 1
Sraid Henrietta, Baile Atha Cliath 1
phone (01) 8732233
Fax: 8048406
Mon-Fri 10am-4.30pm
They have records from 1708, but they will
only tell you about transactions from 1833, should you want to know about
transaction prior to that you will have to go in person or use a

State Papers Office:
15 Bishop St, Dublin 8, Dublin, Ireland.
Irish administration records including Transportation and state sponsored emigration (1790 to 1922). Also police and crime records.

Valuation Office of Ireland
Irish Life Center
Abbey Street Lower
Dublin 1 Ireland
Tel 353 1 817 1000
FAX 353 1 817 1180 (sent at night, it costs US$.80)
Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 2 - 4:30 p.m., M-F

The OS map numbers frequently referred to are the maps created during the Griffiths Valuation, 1848-1864. These are not the current OS Discovery series of maps. The original mid-1800s maps have been scanned by the Republic of Ireland Valuation Office (since Griffiths original intent was for a tax valuation) and are now available in hard copy or CD-ROM. You can find information about acquiring these maps at the Valuation Office Web Site

Irish Railway Records Society
c/o Irish Rail, Heuston Station, Dublin 8.
They are a voluntary society and response can be slow if it occurs at all.

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North Western Health Board (Death Certificates)
Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo
Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim

Western Health Board (Death Certificates)
Galway, Mayo, Roscommon
Merlin Park Regional Hospital, Galway

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Eastern Health Board (Death Certificates)
Dublin City and County
Kildare and Wicklow
Dr. Stevens Hospital, John's Road, Dublin 8

Midland Health Board (Death Certificates)
Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath
Arden Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

South Eastern Health Board (Death Certificates)
Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary S., Waterford
Lacken, Dublin Road, Kilkenny

North Eastern Health Board (Death Certificates)
Cavan, Louth, Meath, Monaghan
Navan Road, Kells, Co. Meath

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Midwestern Health Board (Death Certificates)
Clare, Limerick City and County, Tipperary

31/33 Catherine Street Limerick

Southern Health Board (Death Certificates)
Cork City and County and Kerry
St. Columbanus Home, Killarney
Cork Farm Centre, Dennehy's Cross, Cork

South Eastern Health Board (Death Certificates),
Carlow, Kilkenny,
Tipperary S., Waterford
Lacken, Dublin Road, Kilkenny

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General Register Office(Northern Ireland)

North Western Health Board (Death Certificates),
Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo
Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim

North Eastern Health Board (Death Certificates),
Cavan, Louth, Meath, Monaghan
Navan Road, Kells, Co. Meath

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
New Ulster, Journal of the Ulster Society
NI Researching - Ulster Province Home of the "Scotch-Irish-L"
History of the Early American Presbyterian Ch.
Ulster Genealogical Database
Ulster Historical Publications
Ulster Genealogical Database

GenWeb for Northern Ireland with GOOD links :)

The Ulster Cyber Community
Ulster Society

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Northern Ireland (Ulster)

BT UK Phonebook includes Northern Ireland

General Register Office of Northern Ireland
Oxford House
49-55 Chichester Street,
Belfast BT1 4H6
Northern Ireland.
Tel: 01232 252000
Fax: 01232 252120
(For birth, marriage and death certificates ) 6.50 sterling.
Registers of births and deaths since 1864 are held.
Marriage records are available here from 1922

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland - PRONI,
66 Balmoral Avenue,
Belfast BT9 6NY
Northern Ireland.
Records held include:
Census returns, private papers, minutes of various bodies,
and copies of church and school registers.

The Linen Hall Library, Belfast

North of Ireland Family History Society
c/o Queen's University, School of Education
69 University Street, Belfast BT7 1HL
email: [email protected]
The Society, formed in 1979, is a voluntary non-profit making organisation depending on the support of those who are interested in family history. The object of the Society is to foster interest in the study of family history, with special reference to families who have had roots in this part of Ireland and to their descendants elsewhere.

Ulster Historical Foundation
12 College Square East
Belfast BT1 6DD

Telephone: 01232 332288
FAX 01232 239885

email: [email protected] URL:

Eastern Health and Social Services Board
Linenhall Street, Belfast

Northern Health and Social Services Board
County Hall, Ballymena, Co. Antrim

Southern Health and Social Services Board
20 Seagoe Industrial Area, Portadown, Co. Armagh

Western Health and Social Services Board
17 Gransha Park, Campsie, Co. Derry

East Belfast Historical Society,
Mr.William Smith, 35 Belmont Avemue,
Belfast, N.I.

The Queen's University of Belfast, Main Library
Northern Ireland
Telephone: (01232) 273639
FAX: (01232) 323340
E-MAIL: [email protected]

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Obtaining Overseas Funds

[To get the Irish Punt "" do Alt 156 - i.e., hold down the Alt key and type 156 on the numeric keypad, then release the Alt key.]

The recipient doesn't have to go to the PO to exchange coupons for stamps. Go to one of your local stamp and coin shops. They usually have current stamps for many countries to sell for not much more than face value.

You CAN buy Irish stamps from the U.S. Postal Service. Just call 1-800 STAMP24 and place your order. That is the phone number of the Philatelic Fulfillment Service Center. You have to buy them in blocks of 4. A block of four 52p stamps costs $3.35. There is also a $1.00 shipping and handling fee. It takes a couple of weeks to receive them.

There's a US Postal Service web page with Domestic and
International Rate Calculators to
determine how much it costs to mail the average (1oz) letter
from the US to other countries:

Ruesch International Bank
700 Eleventh Street NW
Washington DC USA 20001-1507
608 5th Ave.
N.Y, N.Y. 10020
Phone # 1 800 292-4685
Also a branch in Los Angeles, California,
telephone 800-696-7990.

Or just call FREEPHONE 1-800-124-2923
or order by telephone 800-424-2923 and credit card.

For a small fee (about $US 3.00) they will snail mail you a sterling cheque made payable to the party of your choice. Useful for paying for copy birth certificates in UK, etc.

United States Postal Service
International reply coupons provide a convenient method for you to prepay replies from foreign countries. You can send your correspondent one or more coupons, which may be purchased for $1.10 each at local post offices. Your correspondent exchanges the coupon for postage in his or her country. Include the IRC in your correspondence and mention that the IRC can be redeemed for return postage to the States. One coupon should be enough to ship a standard 1 oz. letter. Many folks normally include 2 IRC's just to be on the safe side.

Some agencies accept MasterCard or VISA, which automatically converts the currency at the rate in effect at the time of the transaction.

For completeness, one should mention that most large banks maintain an international currency service. They will mail you a bank check (or you can pick the check up at a branch) payable in another country's currency. They charge a fee which is usually $25. American Express will do the same thing.

Foreign Exchange Resources

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Based on material from M.M.Brandl

Additional Bibliography:

Baxter, Angus. In search of your British and Irish roots: A complete guide to tracing your English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish ancestors; Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1991.

Falley, Margaret. Irish and Scotch-Irish ancestral research: A guide to the genealogical records, methods, and sources in Ireland; Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1981.

Grenham, John. Tracing your Irish ancestors: The complete guide; Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 1992.

Ryan, James G. Irish Records: Sources for family and local history Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 1997.

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