Church Records

The Church recorded baptisms, marriages and deaths prior to the introduction of Civil Registration in 1864.

Copies of the parish registers for the Catholic Church are held on microfilm and available at the Central Library, Waterford and Dungarvan Library.

  • Waterford / Lismore Parish Reels
  • A Map of Roman Catholic Parish Boundaries is available here
  • Please note that the parish registers are mainly in Latin and the quality of the writing can vary from one parish to another, with some parishes quite difficult to decipher. While we are happy to provide as much help as we can, we cannot check the parish records on your behalf. Reading the parish registers can be quite time consuming so please ensure you give yourself enough time when planning your visit.

    Appointments for the microfilm are available by contacting the Central Library or Dungarvan Library. Microfilm sessions are one hour to a maximum of two per day.

    The National Library of Ireland also hold these microfilms and have them available to researchers. Waterford Heritage Genealogy Centre, Jenkin's Lane, Waterford City will carry out research of these records on your behalf for a fee.

    The parish records for the Church of Ireland are available from the National Archives of Ireland or the Representative Church Body Library at : www.ireland.anglican.org/library/libroots.html

    The parish records for the Methodist Church are held with the Church of Ireland records and for further information see : www.wesleyhistoricalsociety.org.uk

    The records of the Presbyterian Church can be consulted by contacting the Presbyterian Historical Society on their website at : www.presbyterianireland.org

    Transcripts of the Register for the Society of Friends (Quaker) Waterford Monthly Meetings are held at the Central Library, Waterford. The news of births, deaths and marriages among the members were recorded at these Monthly Meetings. The records for the Society of Friends are held on microfilm at the National Library of Ireland or at the Dublin Friends Historical Library, Swanbrook House, Bloomfield Avenue, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.

    The records for the Jewish community are held by the Irish Jewish Museum, Walworth Road, Dublin 8.