HOW TO FIND A RECORD OF A BIRTH OR BAPTISM IN IRELAND


a. Read the first question, responding "yes" or "no," then

b. Read the item to which you are referred, and carry on, reading only items to which you are referred


 1. Is the place of birth known? .............................. YES read 2 ................. NO go to 18


 2. Was the birth before 1 January 1922? ......................... YES go to 5 .................. NO read 3


 3. Was the birth in Southern Ireland? ...........................YES go to 6 .................. NO read 4


 4. Consult the General Register Office, Belfast .................................. if UNSUCCESSFUL go to 7


 5. Was the birth after 1 January 1864? ........................... YES read 6 .................. NO go to 7


 6. Consult the General Register Office, Dublin ................................ if UNSUCCESSFUL read 7


 7. Is the religious denomination of the person or parents known? YES go to 9 ................ NO read 8


 8. Search all possible domestic sources for birth data and religious affiliation for ancestor and his/her siblings
     (See "Tracing Irish ancestry using United States sources.") .............................................................. if UNSUCCESSFUL read 19


 9. Was the person Roman Catholic? ............................................................ YES read 10......................................... NO go to 11


10. Consult Catholic Baptismal Registers at the Family History Library, the National Library of Ireland, or in local custody
........................................................................................................................... if UNSUCCESSFUL go to 19


11. Was the person a member of Church of Ireland (Episcopalian)? YES read 12 ............... NO go to 13


12. Consult Church of Ireland Baptismal Registers at Family History Library, Representative Church Body Library, Irish National Archives, or local custody ......... if UNSUCCESSFUL go to 19


13. Was the person Presbyterian? ................................. YES read 14 ............... NO go to 15


14. Consult Presbyterian Baptismal Registers in Family History Library, Presbyterian Historical Library, or PRO Belfast
                                            ............................................................................. if UNSUCCESSFUL read 19


15. Was the person a member of the Society of Friends (Quaker) YES read 16 ............... NO go to 17


16. Consult Society of Friends Historical Library, Dublin or Lisburn, Co. Antrim .................................. if UNSUCCESSFUL go to 19


17. Was the person French Calvinist (Huguenot)? .................. YES read 18 ................ NO go to 19


18. Consult the Huguenot Society, London ........................................ if UNSUCCESSFUL go to 19


19. Consider that your "Irish ancestor" may have been born in the USA, or en route in Scotland, England or Canada. Research all
available sources including some Irish sources in the Public Record Office, London for Irish in British military, marine, or civil service and births at sea in British vessels................................................................. if UNSUCCESSFUL read 20


20. Seek professional assistance from the Genealogical Office Dublin, the Ulster Historical Foundation Belfast, the Irish Family History Foundation, a local Heritage Center, or a private research service in Ireland.

Adapted from Jane Cox & Timothy Padfield, Tracing Your Ancestors in the Public Record Office, London, 1981