For the request of archival parish certificates for a deceased family member, please beware of data protection policy as relating to living members of the deceased, and note the fee involved of €25 to be paid in advance (non-refundable).
Proof of death may be required to proceed with the application, should an insufficient time from birth to the application date be sought. Please note the following: often the names and information relating to deceased ancestors is sketchy, so all possible research must be undertaken by the applicant to maximise the likelihood of finding a baptismal entry. The work is time consuming, and will require on average 4 weeks before a report is given.
Until the 1940’s children were usually baptised within 2 days in rural Ireland, due to the high incidence of infant mortality. It has been noted that many people, particularly in the 19th century, took the names of older family members to assist in overcoming emmigration age restrictions.