When Ireland's civil registration system was first set up in the 1840s, its island-wide network of local district offices were known as Superintendent Registrar's Districts (SRDs). They had identical boundaries to Poor Law Unions (PLUs), and each was centred on a market town.
A number of
Dispensary Districts (so called because they also had medical functions)
were also set up to handle registration needs in outlying areas of each
The birth, marriage and death registers produced by each Dispensing Registrar were then gathered together at SRD level and sent to the General Register Office in Dublin.
There, copies were made of the registers, and all-Ireland civil registration Indexes were produced.
If you don't know where your ancestors lived, see the Townland of Origin page.
If you know the county, town or locality where your family lived, you can either:
If you know the name of the townland where your ancestor lived, you can either:
Antrim: Antrim, Ballycastle, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Belfast, Coleraine, Larne, Lisburn, Lurgan.
Armagh: Armagh, Banbridge, Castleblaney, Dundalk, Lurgan, Newry.
Carlow: Baltinglass, Carlow, Enniscorthy, New Ross, Shillelagh.
Cavan: Bailieborough, Bawnboy, Cavan, Cootehill, Enniskillen, Granard, Irvinestown, Kells, Lisnaskea, Oldcastle.
Clare: Ballyvaughan, Corrofin, Ennis, Ennistimon, Killadysert, Kilrush, Scarriff, Tulla, Limerick.
Cork: Bandon, Bantry, Castletown, Clonakilty, Cork, Dunmanway, Fermoy, Kanturk, Kilmallock, Kinsale, Macroom, Mallow, Middletown, Millstreet, Mitchelstown, Skibbereen, Skull, Youghal.
Derry: Ballymoney, Coleraine, Derry (Londonderry), Limavady, Magherafelt, Newtown.
Donegal: Ballyshannon, Derry (Londonderry), Donegal, Dunfanaghy, Glenties, Inishowen, Letterkenny, Milford, Strabane, Stranolar.
Down: Banbridge, Belfast, Downpatrick, Kilkeel, Lisburn, Lurgan, Newry, Newtownards.
Dublin: Balrothery, Celbridge, Dublin
North, Dublin South, Dunshaughlin, Rathdown.
Fermanagh: Ballyshannon, Clones, Enniskillen, Irvinestown, Lisnaskea.
Galway: Ballinasloe, Ballinrobe, Clifden, Galway, Glenamaddy, Gort, Loughrea, Mountbellew, Oughterard, Portunna, Roscommon, Scarriff, Tuam.
Kerry: Cahirsiveen, Dingle, Glin (dissolved after 1892 and split between Listowel and Rathkeale in co. Limerick), Kenmare, Killarney, Listowel, Tralee.
Kildare: Athy, Baltinglass, Celbridge, Edenderry, Naas.
Kilkenny: Callan, Carrick-on-Suir, Castlecomer, Kilkenny, New Ross, Thomastown, Urlingford, Waterford.
Kings: see Offaly
Laois (Queens): Abbeyleix, Athy, Carlow, Donnaghmore (dissolved after 1887 and split between Roscrea and Urlingford), Mountmellick, Roscrea, Urlingford.
Leitrim: Ballyshannon, Bawnboy, Boyle, Carrick-on-Shannon, Castlerea, Manor Hamilton, Mohill, Roscommon, Strokestown.
Limerick: Croom, Glin (after 1892 split between Listowel and Rathkeale), Kilmallock, Listowel, Mitchelstown, Newcastle, Rathkeale, Tipperary.
Londonderry: see Derry
Longford: Ballymahon, Granard, Longford.
Louth: Ardee, Drogheda, Dundalk.
Mayo: Ballina, Ballinrobe, Belmullet, Castlebar, Castlereagh, Claremorris, Killala, Newport (included in Westport after 1886), Swineford, Westport.
Meath: Ardee, Celbridge, Drogheda, Dunshaughlin, Edenderry, Kells, Navan, Oldcastle, Trim.
Monaghan: Carrickmacross, Castleblayney, Clogher, Clones, Cootehill, Dundalk, Monaghan.
Offaly (Kings): Edenderry, Mountmellick, Parsonstown (Birr), Roscrea, Tullamore.
Queens: see Laois
Roscommon: Athlone, Ballinasloe, Boyle, Carrick-on-Shannon, Castlereagh, Roscommon, Strokestown.
Sligo: Ballina, Boyle, Dromore West, Sligo, Tobercurry.
Tipperary: Borrisokane, Callan, Carrick-on-Suir, Cashel, Clogheen, Clonmel, Nenagh, Parsonstown, Roscrea, Thurles, Tipperary, Urlingford.
Tyrone: Armagh, Castlederg, Clogher, Cookstown, Dungannon, Enniskillen, Gortin (dissolved after 1899 and split between Omagh and Strabane), Irvinestown, Omagh, Strabane.
Waterford: Carrick-on-Suir, Clonmel, Dungarvan, Kilmacthomas, Lismore, Waterford, Youghal.
Westmeath: Athlone, Ballymahon, Castletown, Delvin, Granard, Mullingar, Tullamore.
Wexford: Enniscorthy, Gorey, New Ross, Shillelagh, Wexford.
Wicklow:Baltinglass, Naas, Rathdown, Rathdrum, Shillelagh.