Catholic Parish Registers

For most family history researchers, parish registers provide the earliest direct source of family information. Unlike many other records, parish registers provide evidence of direct links between one generation and the next (via baptismal registers) and one family and another (via marriage registers).

The NLI holds microfilm copies of the registers for most Roman Catholic parishes in Ireland (including the counties of Northern Ireland) up to 1880. These registers consist primarily of baptism and marriage records. Records of burials are uncommon.

The microfilms are available on self-service access in the Genealogy Microfilm Reading Room. It is possible to print from the microfilm and copies cost 10c per page.

List of parish registers on microfilm

Parishes are listed alphabetically by diocese along with the dates of the registers in each parish. To assist your research when you visit the Library, we have made the parish register list, divided into four parts, available for download:

Further information on Catholic parish registers is available in our information booklet Family History Research Sources rev 2014  Family History Research Sources rev 2014.pdf (2.82 MB, Adobe PDF)