General Register Office records


Persons required to register deaths were:

  1. some person present at death, or
  2. some person in attendance during the last illness of the deceased, or
  3. the occupier of the house or tenement where the death took place, or
  4. someone else residing in the the house or tenement where the death took place, or
  5. any person present at, or having knowledge of the circumstances of, the death.

The information they were required to supply was:

  1. the date and place of death;
  2. the name and surname of the deceased;
  3. the sex of the deceased;
  4. the condition of the deceased as to marriage;
  5. the age of the deceased at last birthday;
  6. the rank, profession or occupation of the deceased;
  7. the certified cause of death, and the duration of the final illness;

Again, the informant and the Registrar were both required to sign each entry, which was also to include the date of registration, the residence of the informant and his or her qualification (for example, "present at death"). Notice to the Registrar of the death was to be given within 7 days, and full details within 14 days.

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