Civil Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths for the whole population of Armagh, started in 1864. The civil parish was an important administrative unit used for land and taxation purposes. Many Irish records used in genealogy are arranged by civil parish, such as the Tithe Applotments etc. When Civil Registration began only non-Catholic marriages were recorded starting April 1, 1845. It wasn't until January 1, 1864 that Catholics were expected to comply with the reporting requirements and from this date all marriages, births and deaths were recorded in earnest. In 1866 records were centralized with many of the townlands falling under the Lurgan registration district.
The regulations required that births be reported by someone present at the birth. The information reported included the child's name, if one had been given, the date and place of the birth, the child's sex, the father's name, occupation and residence, the mother's name, including her maiden surname, and information about the informant.
Marriages were equally regulated and the information collected included, the age and occupation of the Bride and Groom, their place of birth, the name and occupations of the Bride and Groom's father and any witnesses present. Unfortunately much of this information was not recorded.
The Lurgan Births, Marriages and Deaths Indexes are by their very nature a work in progress. The information you will find here is not complete and should not be seen as a definitive list of all Births, Marriages and Deaths in the Lurgan area. We are adding names on a regular basis and have included a record counter so you can see how many records have been added since your last visit. Click on one of the links on the right to start your search.
If you have any Birth, Marriages or Death records that you would like to add to the databases, we would love to have them. Our thanks to all those who have contributed records to the index.
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