A significant proportion of all births, marriages and deaths were simply not registered, as mentioned above. When the individuals concerned, or their relatives, later needed a certificate for official purposes, it became necessary to register the event. The index references for these late registrations are included in the volume for the year in which the event took place. Therefore, for example, the index reference for someone born in 1880 but whose birth was not registered until 1900 is to be found in the index for 1880. In the case of births and deaths these references are indexed separately from the main body of the index, at the back of the volume. For marriages, late registrations are written in by hand at the relevant point in the main body of the index. Although the chances of finding a missing registration among these are quite slim, it is still necessary to include them in any thorough search of the indexes.
From 1864 to the present the GRO has kept a separate Marine
Register of births and deaths of Irish subjects that took place at sea. There are
12,382 records between 1864 and 1922. From 1886 only, a printed index to this
register is bound into the back of the births and deaths index for each year.
For earlier registers the indexes are in GRO headquarters in Roscommon and
have to be requested from there. No separate register was kept for marriages
at sea. The lds copy is on film 101765.
The Births, Deaths and Marriages (Army) Act (1879) required
these events to be registered with the Office of the Registrar-General in
Dublin, where they affected Irish subjects serving in the British army abroad.
There are 15,436 registrations recorded between 1883 and 1922. Separate
indexes, bound into the backs of the main yearly indexes, start from 1888 and
continue until 1930 for births and until 1931 for marriages and deaths. The
deaths index for 1902 also contains an index to 'Deaths of Irish Subjects
pertaining to the South African War (1898-1902)'. There is also a separate
register of deaths of 'Irish ncos and men who died in the Great War', with
From 1864 the GRO was required to keep a separate register
of births, marriages and deaths of Irish subjects abroad, where such births
were notified to the relevant British consul. There is no index to this register,
which contains only 208 entries. It is held in GRO headquarters in Roscommon.
The General Register Office also holds the 'General Index to Baptisms and
Marriages purported to have been celebrated by the Rev. J.F.G. Schulze,
1806-1837'. Schulze was one of a group of eleven Dublin clergymen, known
with Dublin bluntness as 'couple-beggars' or 'tack 'ems', who specialised in
clandestine marriages between 1799 and 1844. The records of the other ten
were destroyed in the Public Record Office in 1922, but a court challenge in
the 1870s resulted in Schulze's marriages being declared legally sound, and
two volumes of his records were acquired by the GRO. They record 55
baptisms and c.14,000 marriages. Most of the marriages, celebrated at the
German Lutheran Church in Poolbeg Street, Dublin, are for the years 1825-37
and record only the names of the contracting parties. The original is held in
GRO headquarters in Roscommon. The lds copy is on film 101771.