THE GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE (GRO)
The General Register Office (Oifig An Ard-Chláraitheora) is the central civil repository for records relating to births, stillbirths, deaths, marriages, civil partnerships and adoptions in Ireland.
The General Register Office (GRO) operates under the aegis of the Department of Social Protection and has responsibility for the administration of the Civil Registration Service in Ireland. The General Register Office is located at Government Offices, Convent Road, Roscommon.
The Registrar General is responsible for managing and controlling the system of registration in Ireland, however, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is responsible for the day to day delivery of the Civil Registration Service through a network of local civil registration service offices across the State. (www.civilregistrationservice.ie)
WHAT GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE RECORDS ARE ONLINE?
The General Register Office (GRO) holds all official records of Irish births, deaths and marriages from 1864 and of non-Catholic marriages from 1845, the historic indexes of which can be viewed here .
The official site of the Northern Ireland General Register Office www.geni.nidirect.gov.uk allows access to full a database of the transcripts of their records from 1922 onwards (from 1845/1864 for areas now in Northern Ireland) on a pay per view basis.