Registry of Deeds Index Project Ireland

This is the home page of the Registry of Deeds Index Project

This page show how in index and submit the index entries to the project. How to guide

FamilySearch Films on-line

FamilySearch is progressively making the films from the Registry of Deeds available on-line. This will make them more accessible to more people. As of 20 February 2017, 1842 of the 2686 microfilm reels are available on-line.

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Note: An entry with a camera icon rather than a film reel icon at the right is available to view on-line by clicking on the camera icon.

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Here is an example of how to use the database – Example

This is another how to index guide using a couple of newly developed macro files: New set of macro files to assist indexing

This is a non-macro Excel file you can use to submit index entries. Data_entry_master.xlsx

Here is a reference to the codes used in this site – Codes

Another way to look at the progress of the project and browse the index entries is: Summary of the coverage of the index

Found a memorial and would like to e-mail the index entries to a fellow researcher use and copy a URL add ?= memorial number and include in your e-mail.

Search this site

The best way to search the site is to use the search page. The main data on the site is in the database and not visible to search engines. You can search on most fields in the database. If searching for a place you can search sequentially the residence field and the comment field. Note that not all lands mentioned in a memorial will be included in this (name) index.


The purpose of this project is to index all of the names that appear in the memorial books at the registry of deeds. The Registry of Deeds is located in Henrietta Street, Dublin, Ireland and is a repository of records of wills, land transactions in Ireland and other deeds from 1709. While the original purpose of the Registry of Deeds was to enforce rules limiting the land transactions of Catholics, even before the removal of these rules in 1782 many Catholics and representatives of Catholic families appear in the memorials. Many memorials involved people of modest means who were merchants and traders who registered deeds to provide some form of security of tenure. Moreover, Catholic occupiers are sometimes mentioned.

The Registry of Deeds is a rich source of genealogical information. Marriage and other settlements are particularly informative about family relationships.

Pictures of the Registry of Deeds Dublin

Registry of Deeds support for indexing

A representative of the Property Registration Authority has indicated the Authority's support for the concept of developing a full index of names.

Their statement is as follows
"The Property Registration Authority recognises the benefits of the development of a comprehensive names index to the memorials volumes held at Registry of Deeds to assist genealogists accessing these valuable resources."

Their support for the concept of a comprehensive index does not mean they support this project above other endevours. The Property Registration Authority is in no way responsible for the quality or coverage of the indexing produced by this Project. This is the sole responsibility of the volunteers.

How the project works

The index is the product of the volunteers. The coverage is dependant on what is submitted by the volunteers. The more volunteers the greater the coverage of the index.

The contributors index memorials transcriptions books they are accessing and share that information with many others. Contributors are identified by their code-name appearing in each their index records. Contributors index using both microfilms of the memorial volumes obtained through the Mormon Family History Library and actual volumes at the Registry of Deeds.

Update history

number of indexes and memorials indexed

Contributrions so far

number of indexes and memorials indexed

Registry of Deeds in British Parliamentary Papers

Fees collected in 1830 1831
Replacing Lord Kilwarden (Arthur WOLFE) as Registrar

How to help

Whenever you look at a memorial volume, take a little extra time and index a few pages using the above format. Send the data as a spereadsheet file (excel, Lotus 1-2-3, comma separated variable (CSV) file) or as a database file. Template file for excel and 123 are at the following links. Right click on the link and save the file to your computer.

A word file for submitting index entries and abstracts
A word template file for submitting index entries and abstracts
Save the above file to the folder of your personal word templates then it will be easy to create a new file in this template
The excel file
The excel file
The excel file with macros to assist making abstracts
The excel file with macros to assist making abstracts with different macro buttons
How to use the macro sheet to convert written abstracts to the database format
The CSV file
The Lotus 123 file
Microsoft Word 2003 file coded up abstract
Microsoft Word 2003 file database table
Rich text format file coded up abstract
Rich text format file database table

Then send the file by email to the webmaster of this site using the button below.

If you have a number of abstracts or copies of memorials of deeds you could extract the name and other information and add the information to the database using any of the above mentioned methods. The page numbers may not be exact but they will be helpful enough as a starting point.

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