Finding Irish Marriage Records

I have been researching my Irish roots for over 50 years.

When I want to search for an Irish marriage record, I go to FamilySearch and to GenealogyBank to get the details.

Painting: “The Wedding Register,” Edmund Blair Leighton, 1920
Painting: “The Wedding Register,” Edmund Blair Leighton, 1920. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

I use FamilySearch because it has the preeminent collection of Irish church and governmental registers, and GenealogyBank because it was common for Irish American newspapers to publish marriages solemnized in Ireland for the benefit and awareness of their newspaper readers here.

Recently, I was looking for the wedding of my cousin Anna Moore to James O’Grady in the mid-1850s – so I searched for information in both databases.

I found the details of their wedding using GenealogyBank, published in the Irish American Weekly.

wedding announcement for Anna Moore and James O’Grady, Irish American Weekly newspaper article 10 March 1850
Irish American Weekly (New York, New York), 10 March 1850, page 2

And here is the record of their marriage I found in FamilySearch.org

screenshot from FamilySearch of the marriage record for Anna Moore and James O’Grady
Source: “Ireland Marriages, 1619-1898” database, FamilySearch: accessed 24 December 2015, James Ogrady and Anna Moore, 05 Feb 1850; citing St George, Dub, Ire, reference 2:3PCGXJQ; FHL microfilm 101,316. There is no register image available online.

See: (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FG6C-TWR

Both sources tell us that they were married at St. George’s Church (Denomination: Church of Ireland) in Dublin, Ireland, on 5 February 1850.

The newspaper account adds that they were married “by Rev. Gibson Black, and afterwards according to the rites of the Roman Catholic Church.” Good information to have.

The record in FamilySearch gives the name of the groom’s father (James Ogrady) and both FamilySearch and GenealogyBank give us the name of the bride’s father (James Sinclair Moore) – with GenealogyBank adding the detail: “the late James Sinclair Moore, of Moorebrook, in the county of Armagh.”

The GenealogyBank account also adds that the groom lived at Mountjoy Square in Dublin.

Photo: “The South Side of Mountjoy Square, Dublin, Ireland, in the Snow of January 2010,” Bryan Butler
Photo: “The South Side of Mountjoy Square, Dublin, Ireland, in the Snow of January 2010,” Bryan Butler. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Per Wikipedia, construction of Mountjoy Square was begun in the early 1790s and completed in 1818. With its distinctive Georgian architecture, “the square has been home to many of Dublin’s most prominent people: lawyers, churchmen, politicians, writers and visual artists.”

This is a good clue that the “James O’Grady, Esq.” reference in the Irish American Weekly was a man of means or perhaps a lawyer.

Genealogy Tip: When searching for old Irish marriage records, it is essential that you check both the Ireland Marriages, 1619-1898 on FamilySearch and GenealogyBank’s collection of Irish American Newspapers (1810-2016). You will find important details and clues on one site that you will not find on the other. It’s a great day for genealogy!

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2 thoughts on “Finding Irish Marriage Records

  1. Thank you for some great advice. I have subscribed to Genealogybank for years, but never thought of looking for information regarding my family back in Ireland. I had some successful hits, last night, after your post pushed me to do some searches. Awesome!

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