Indexes of CREE Births, Marriages and Deaths
This page provide links to births, marriages and deaths extracted from the relevant civil registration indexes. There are also full transcriptions of selected register entries of births and marriages. Details of the jurisdictions and the ranges of dates covered are shown in the list of links on the right.
Before 1922 the whole of Ireland was under British rule and all civil registrations from this period are included in both the GRONI and the Irish Genealogy indexes.
From 1922 only six counties in the north-east (Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone) remained under British rule as Northern Ireland, the remaining 26 counties becoming what is now termed the Republic of Ireland. For the period from 1922 onwards, BMDs registered in Northern Ireland are listed in the GRONI* indexes and those registered in the Republic are in the Irish Genealogy* indexes.
The Cree lists include births extracted from both the GRONI and the Irish Genealogy indexes, and marriages and deaths from the GRONI indexes only. Entries which are shown only in the Irish Genealogy indexes have a "Group Registration ID" number. I have not yet found out what this number signifies so have included it in the list in case it is important.
Birth indexes give the date of birth, forenames, surname, mother's maiden name and registration district. CREA entries were not extracted. Civil registration of births started in 1864.
Marriage indexes include the full names of the bride and groom (Cree first), the date of marriage and the church or Register Office and Registration District. For marriages before 1922 the parish and county where the marriage took place are also given. CREA entries from the marriage indexes were not extracted. Civil registration of marriages started in 1864 but Protestant marriages were registered from 1845 onwards.
Death indexes give the date of death, forenames, surname and registration district. From the start of registration in 1864 until 1972 the age at death is given. Thereafter the date of birth is given. CREA entries are included. Note that, due to a technicality, marriage entries are not in strict date order within each year although they are in year order. Civil registration of deaths started in 1864.
Transcriptions of original records show further details such as, for births the father's name and occupation and the informant's name and adress, and for marriages the occupations and residences of both bride and groom, their fathers' names and occupations and the witnesses' names.
Registration districts in Northern Ireland were reorganised in 1973. New districts created include Ards, Castlereagh, Down and North Down. The new district of Ards is not the same as the old Newtownards. In the birth and death indexes the registration district given is the one at the time of the event. All entries from the GRONI marriage index have been altered by GRONI to show the present registration district. I presume this was done because certificates could until recently be obtained from District Registrars. However all post-1922 certificates for Northern Ireland are now obtainable only from GRONI.
In 1994 Trevor Cree also obtained copies of full register entries (as per original certificates) of about 37 Cree births and 53 marriages from the General Register Office in Dublin. These are selected births for the whole of Ireland for the period 1864 to 1892, and selected marriages for the whole of Ireland for the period 1845 to 1879. This data is now being added to this collection (April 2015).
Downloads - xls format spreadsheets
1. Extracts from the Indexes
2. Full transcriptions of Cree register entries
If you find a person of interest to you in the spreadsheet and if a number is shown in the bright green column, make a note of that number which is the person's Cree ID number. Then enter the number into a QUICKSEARCH box to see their person details in the Cree Genealogy Database.
* GRONI - the General Record Office of Northern Ireland. The indexes are now available on-line and can be searched for a small fee. See the GRONI website. The Irish Genealogy indexes are at the website of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht