Research tips - General Register Office (GRO)

The General Register Office in Dublin Ireland is a must for anyone researching their Irish roots.

Contact information

Address
3rd Floor, Block 7
Irish Life Centre
Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1
Hours
Monday to Friday, (excluding public holidays)
9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m
Phone
+353 (0) 90 6632900
Website
http://www.groireland.ie
Email
gro@groireland.ie

Available records

Birth Indexes (Red Books)
1864 to 1877. These books are alphabetical by surname. In these indexes, the information listed is surname, first name, district, volume and page.

1878 to 1902, 1928 to1932, 1934 to 1965. These books are divided into quarters. The quarter ended March contains events registered in January, February and March of that year, the quarter ended June; April, May and June, etc. within each quarter, the indexes are alphabetical by surname. Information listed is surname, first name, district, volume and page. From 1928 onwards information listed is surname, first name, mothers maiden name, district, volume and page.

1903 to 1927, 1933, 1966 to 1995. These indexes are divided into sections of the alphabet by surname. Information listed is surname, first name, mothers maiden name, date of birth, district, volume, quarter, page and entry number.

Marriage Indexes (Green Books)
1845 to 1863. These records are of non-Catholic marriages only. These books are alphabetical by surname. in these indexes, the information listed is surname, first name, district, volume and page.

1864 to 1877. These books are alphabetical by surname. In these indexes, the information listed is surname, first name, district, volume and page.

1878 to 1965. These books are divided into quarters. The quarter ended March contains events registered in January, February and March of that year, the quarter ended June; April, May and June, etc. Within each quarter, the indexes are alphabetical by surname. Information listed is surname, first name, district, volume and page.

1966 to 1995. These indexes are divided into sections of the alphabet by surname. Information listed surname, first name, spouses surname, date of marriage, district, volume, page, entry number and quarter.

Death Indexes (Black Books)
1864 to 1877. These books are alphabetical by surname. In these indexes, the information listed is surname, first name, age a[ death, district, volume and page.

1878 to 1965. These books are divided into quarters. The quarter ended March contains events registered in January, February and March of that year, the quarter ended June; April May and June, etc. Within each quarter the indexes are alphabetical by surname. Information listed is sumame, first name, age at death, district, volume and page.

1966 to 1995. These indexes are divided into sections of the alphabet by sumame. lnformation listed is sumame, first name, age at death, sex, marital condition, date of death, district, volume, page, entry number and quarter.

Tips

Two types of searches may be undertaken at the Research Facility’s Reading Room:

• A specific search covering a maximum of 5 years for a fee of €2.00
• A general search covering any number of years for a fee of €20.00 per day

A photocopy of an entry in the records (where the search has been carried out and the entry identified) can be purchased for €4.00.