Irish Family History Specialists

Registry of Deeds

Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, D01 EK82



Before going here you should check the following online sources: FamilySearch and Registry of Deeds Index Project Ireland. Both are works in progress and thus far from complete.

The Registry of Deeds records date from 1708 and are held in a combination of manual, micro-film and electronic formats. All records from January 1970 onwards are held electronically. In earlier days it was not compulsory to register and would only be done by those who had property to register. If you are lucky and your family is in the register of deeds, they often contain a lot of genealogical information, as they contain a lot of names, property information, marriage settlements, etc.

The Registry holds the following archives:

  • Names Index. This is an index of people who disposed of a property (which could also be because they had passed away). They were called the Grantor.  The Names Index is available electronically for the period from 1970 to date. For records of deeds prior to 1970 you can search the manual Names Index Records. (A microfilm copy of the Names Index for the period 1708 to 1929 is also available in the National Library, but these are sometimes hard to read.)
  • Memorial or ROD Application Form. This is a full statement of all details of the deed. Memorials registered prior to 1930 (i.e. between 1708 and 1930) have not been microfilmed.
  • Transcript Book. This is basically a copy of the Memorial. From 1708 – 1961 with the exception of 1951 – 1956.
  • Abstract Book. This is a summary of the Memorial. From 1833 – 1969.
  • Townland Index. This is an index of all transactions in a Townland, ordered by name. These records are available from 1708 – 1946.

To find the details of the deed you will need to search the Names Index. You will need to names of all parties, the date and the location (Street/Townland and City/Town/County). This will allow you to find the relevant reference number of the Memorial/ROD Application Form, the Transcript Book and the Abstract Book. Usually you will need to consult only one of these records to obtain the main details of the deed. You will be advised by staff which of these records to consult. If you do not know the name, you should start with a Townland Index search. You will need to know the Barony and County. Another possibility is to look in other sources first, such as the Valuation Office, see above, Thom’s Street Directory (available in most local librarries) or the Griffith’s Valuation.

A Hand Search is carried out by attending the office The fee is €2 per name, for each specified lands or premises, for each period of ten years or part thereof. Certified copies of all Memorial/ROD Application Forms can be obtained on payment of the relevant fee. The fee for every Certified Copy of a Memorial or Application is €20. The fee for a plain copy of microfilm of a Memorial or Application is €1.00 per page.

The office is open from Monday to Friday from 10.00 – 16.30. Both the Townland Index and the Name Index are on the top floor of the Registry of Deeds, but in different rooms.


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