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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Obtaining Death Records at 1 Werburgh Street in Dublin

William Quinn, my husband's great-grandfather died in 1903. 

In 1981, on my first trip to Ireland, I came home with a suitcase full of Waterford, Belleek China, Irish beverages, and many other souvenirs. 

My needs and desires have definitely changed. Last year, I came home with a few books about the 1916 uprising activities in County Galway and 20 death records. 

Prior to my trip, I posted questions on a few Facebook groups about the best places to go to get the death records. Most told me to try to get them in the specific counties. A few suggested the General Register Office (GRO) at Roscommon, but no mention of the GRO at Dublin. 

However, the GRO at 1 Werburgh Street in Dublin was my only option. I was with my husband and daughter who did not want to make a side stop in Roscommon or spend hours in libraries or offices in two different counties (Clare and Galway). AND, we were already going to Dublin for a few days. 

We took a cab to 1 Werburgh Street, but finding the building took awhile. 


The cab driver dropped us off next to the white building on the right.
We walked around looking for an entrance before we realized the GRO was behind the parking lot across the street.
 


Once we found the GRO, obtaining the records was easy. The employees at the research center were helpful and I was very prepared*. In less than 2 hours, I requested 20 death records and was on my way. The actual death records came to me via email the following day. 

The cost of the 20 death records was 80 euros - about $84. Much less than the Waterford Crystal purchased in 1981. 


*Prior to leaving for Ireland, I checked the Ireland, Civil Registration Deaths Index, 1864-1958 at Ancestry. com for each desired death record and recorded needed information. This index can also be found at FamilySearch.org (FREE) and at Find My Past.com

All of the information, except the film number, can be important when requesting the records at the GRO. I recorded only the death year for some of my records and had to look up the three months seen on each record to determine the quarter. 


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Sources

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn. 

Werburgh St - Google Maps. Web. 11 Apr. 2017. <https://www.google.com/maps/@53.3425043,-6.2699155,3a,15y,90.75h,91.73t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sccWjzmSBPEVnyXa7VFMntg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1>.

Ireland, Civil Registration Deaths Index, 1864-1958. Ancestry.com. Web. 11 Apr. 2017. <http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2534>

William Quinn in the Ireland, Civil Registration Deaths Index, 1864-1958. Ancestry.com. Web. 11 Apr. 2017. <http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&db=fsirelandcivregdeath&gsfn=william&gsfn_x=NP_NN_NIC&gsln=quinn&gsln_x=NN&catbucket=rstp&pcat=34&fh=3&h=4514650&recoff=5%206&ml_rpos=4>.

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