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Historical documents, especially birth, death and marriage certificates, can provide vital information when you're tracing your family tree.
We do not conduct genealogical research and cannot provide practical help with your research. However, there are many other organisations which can help to track down historical registrations.
Our Registrar's office, located in Belfast City Hall, holds computerised registration records from 1997 to the present day. It holds details of marriage certificates from 1 January 2004 onwards.
Find out more about ordering certificates from our Registrar's office
Records from before these dates are held by the General Register Office, based at NISRA, Colby House, Stranmillis Court, Belfast, BT9 5RR. They also have a public research room where you can search through computerised records for a particular event.
The office can help to find information about:
For more information, including details of fees and the types of searches available, call the General Register Office on 028 91513101 or visit the nidirect website.
You can also order certificates online from the General Register Office (Northern Ireland) through nidirect
Additional records of births, deaths, adoptions and marriages are held by the General Register Office in Dublin. These include:
For more information, including details of fees and the types of searches available, telephone the General Register Office on +353 906632900 or visit the General Register Office website.
General information about individuals, including their age, occupation and religion, can be obtained from census records, which are compiled in Northern Ireland every ten years and made available to the public a century later.
Historical records for 1901 and 1911 can be viewed online through the nidirect website.
In Northern Ireland, most information is held by the Public Record Office for Northern Ireland (PRONI) which contains archives dating back to around 1600. This includes church and parish registers, landed estates records, court records and wills, all of which could help with your research.
Some material can be searched online through nidirect.