Tuesday, July 30, 2013

[Ireland] General Register Office Prepared to Email 'Research Copies' of BMD Certificates

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen



For those researching Ireland B,M,D, records after the commencement of civil registration in 1864 may find this of interest.  The General Register Office [GRO]  in Roscommon http://www.groireland.ie/about_us.htm announced it is now prepared to email 'research copies' of BMD certificates instead of sending photocopies through the post - the cost is 4€.  For those not located in Ireland this may be more convenient than sending it through the mail.  The General Register Office shifted from the Ministry of Health to the Ministry for Social Protection and is  totally restructuring and updating their website. This was confirmed by GRO's Bernadette Smith via correspondence with the Irish Genealogy News blog that they have started the practice of emailing the vital records when notified that is the preferred method of obtaining the records, it is not yet posted on their website.  To read the blog discussion on this go to: http://irish-genealogy-news.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/new-website-and-email-facilities-coming.html

This may be confusing: The Health Service Executive runs the Civil Registration Service and www.certificates.ie , an online service for the purchase of 'legal quality' B,M,D certificates.) The cost for these “legal quality” certificates is €20 .  GRO Ireland's new online presence will be aligned with the Department of Social Protection's website.

The website for searching online  Irish records is: http://www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/]  If you click on “Research in Ireland” and then “What Is Available”, under Church records http://www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/irish-records-what-is-available/church-records they have a link for Jewish records at http://www.irishjewishroots.com/  This is not part of the General Register Office but an independent organization.

Thank you to Peter Calver and the Lost Cousins Newsletter for alerting us to this new service of emailing research copies of vital records.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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