Researching your ancestors in Northern Ireland

Some reseachers have – rightly – questioned why Free UK Family tree has ‘UK’ in its identify as now we have, till lately, not transcribed information created in Northern Eire.

The UK in our identify displays ambition somewhat than the reality of the three initiatives that are at the moment offering knowledge (FreeBMD – England and Wales, FreeCEN – England and Wales, Scotland and Crown Dependencies, and FreeREG – England and Wales, Scotland, and Crown Dependencies). 

This isn’t to say that we should not have knowledge referring to Northern Eire.  It’s most simply accessible on the unique FreeCEN web site, the place you’ll be able to search by place of origin.   For instance, Harriett Smith, a widow born in Argmagh, was working as a servant in Nottingham in 1891:

Screenshot of transcription of a household from FreeCEN website
Family in Nottingham, together with Hariett Smith, born Armagh
Grand brick-built Victorian villa
Cliff Home, Hermitage Stroll, Nottingham (c) Savilles (1)

How do I entry Northern Irish census knowledge?

You possibly can at the moment search on FreeCEN by Northern Irish county, and Ireland counties can be added shortly. You can’t, at the moment, search by place of origin inside any county – we’d love to listen to from you about how we will greatest make it easier to to seek for Irish ancestors, so please fill within the survey there. Sadly, the early censuses of Eire have hardly ever survived. We want to work with the Nationwide Archives of Eire, who maintain these fragments which stay, to allow the early censuses to be transcribed, and their knowledge for the 1901 and 1911 to be shared on FreeCEN. 

On FreeREG, now we have lately been given transcriptions of registers in Co. Fermanagh, and these are the beginning of our protection for Northern Eire.  Nation Coordinator Sandra Adams-West is contacting record-holders and recruiting new transcribers (head over to if you want to assist out).

The place can I’m going for Northern Irish start, marriages and demise knowledge?

Civil registration of births, marriages and deaths began in Eire in 1864.  Information are searchable at, however in a really restricted type.  We want to work with the federal government of Northern Eire, to allow looking out throughout the UK (in FreeBMD), which might make their knowledge extra discoverable whereas enabling them to retain their earnings from pay-per-view to the certificates.  We hope to transcribe registration of Delivery, Marriage and Loss of life from army contexts and these embrace cases of occasions in Eire.  For instance one folio of the Registry of Marriages, Births and Baptisms, C Brigade Royal Horse Artillery. begins with a wedding at Charlemont, Armagh, in 1889, and ends with the start of their daughter in Aldershot the next yr.  This can be a good instance of a document which is at the moment inaccessible, because it has not been digitised

So whereas we don’t but have a lot from Northern Eire now we have a bit, and plans to do an excellent deal extra. we’d be delighted to listen to from any organisation with such information that they want us to transcribe.

(1) This picture reveals the home the place Harriett was a Normal Servant in a family with 10 younger kids  The home was provided on the market a number of years in the past, and the main points are nonetheless obtainable at


Look out for our collection of visitor posts beginning subsequent week, the place skilled Irish genealogist Nicola Morris of can be exploring Irish information in additional depth.