In the mid-1500's, the Church of Ireland was decreed as the state church for Ireland. What this meant was that the Church of Ireland, despite being a minority denomination, was the privileged church, and so churches that were not in alignment with the Church of Ireland often faced discrimination and persecution. In order to own land or work in public office, it was a requirement to be part of the Church of Ireland, so your ancestor may have taken part in the Church of Ireland despite religious belief.

However, if your ancestor did not join the Church of Ireland, then they were considered to be non-conformists. Non-conformist refers to churches with Protestant denominations that are not aligned with the Church of Ireland. If your ancestors weren't part of the Church of Ireland, then there's a chance that you can discover more about their life through the non-conformist records. Despite not being the state church, non-conformist records can provide a great amount of information and help you with your family history. Findmypast has over 25,000 Irish non-conformist records for you to uncover more about your Irish ancestors who weren't affiliated with the Church of Ireland.

Ireland, Non-Conformist Births & Baptisms

The non-conformist births and baptisms collection includes several registers of births and baptisms between 1701 and 1913. This particular record set includes a combination of the following information:

  • First name(s)
  • Last name
  • Denomination
  • Gender
  • Birth year and date
  • Birth place
  • Baptism year and date
  • Father's name
  • Mother's name
  • Parent's address / residence
  • Townland, Parish, and county
Be sure to pay close attention to the actual image as it may provide additional details about your Irish ancestors. Some of the records are in French since there were French non-conformist churches in Dublin at the time, but the data should still be decipherable.
The specific counties represented in these records are:
  • Clare
  • Down
  • Dublin
  • Limerick
If you had ancestors in Clare, for example, this would be a great place to help with your search! If you aren't sure where your ancestors were in Ireland, try a general search of the non-conformist records because the Townland, Parish, and county may be listed on the birth and baptism record for you to start looking more in-depth.



Ireland, Non-Conformist Burials

The non-conformist burials collection includes the Ireland Down Ballyroney Presbyterian burial plots of 1895, in addition to the Registers of the French non-conformist churches in Dublin between 1702 and 1731, so if your ancestors were French, but spent time in Ireland, it's worth looking into if your ancestor passed away while in Ireland, or was in charge of the burial plots in Ireland.
These records include:

Ireland Down Ballyroney Presbyterian burial plots 1895

  • Name
  • Denomination
  • Year
  • Plot number
  • Parish
  • County
  • Source
TIP: The Ireland Down Ballyroney Presbyterian burial plots records are extremely useful because they include the address of those who owned the plots, not the memorials associated with the plots, so be careful and remember when searching these records that it is the plot owner and not necessarily who is buried in the particular plot listed in the records.

Registers of the French non-conformist churches Dublin 1702-1731

  • Name
  • Denomination
  • Death date
  • Age at death
  • Burial year
  • Parents' or spouse's names
  • Residence
  • Parish
  • County
  • Volume
  • Source



Ireland, Non-Conformist Congregational Records

The Ireland non-conformist congregational collection includes the Ireland Down Anaghlone Presbyterian communicants from 1868 to 1913, Ireland Down Ballyroney Presbyterian communicants from 1861 to 1913, and the Limerick non-conformist congregational records from 1911 to 1945. Communicant or member roll is a yearly roll call of the members of the church, so it will give you the names of those people who attended the church.
These records can provide you with:
  • Name
  • Denomination
  • Year and even date – referring to date of communicant or member roll
  • Occupation
  • Residence
  • Townland
  • Parish
  • County
  • Source
TIP: Be sure to look at the image of the document for additional notations and information. Some additional information includes notes on a woman's maiden name change to her married name, specific dates for deaths or other life events. These records may also note if a member was given a certificate, which is a letter that states that the particular person was a member of the church and that particular person is able to join another church in another location. This information is particularly helpful for your family history research because it can provide insight into travel and migration, which can be a challenge in your research!



Ireland, Non-Conformist Marriages

The Ireland non-conformist marriages collection will help you gain a lot more information about your ancestors. Marriage records are extremely helpful in family history research because they not only provide information about the people getting married, but they also provide additional details about other members of the family and can provide a woman's maiden name, which can be a challenge to locate! Be sure to look at the image associated with the records for even more information including witnesses, which could be family or friends to help you even further with your search.
These records can provide you with:
  • Name
  • Denomination
  • Age – Oftentimes, a specific age will not be listed but rather a notation referring to whether the individual is a minor or legal adult. 'F' stands for 'full' meaning that the individual is the age of majority or older.
  • Birth year
  • Occupation
  • Townland
  • Father's name
  • Marriage year and date
  • Spouse's name
  • Spouse's age
  • Occupation
  • Spouse's townland
  • Spouse's father's name
  • Parish
  • County
  • Source
If your ancestors were in Ireland between 1701 and 1913 and were not associated with the Church of Ireland, you'll likely be able to find some information on them in this record set.