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Update - 17 May 2017

The marriage records for 2013 have now been uploaded. The index for these is slightly different in that the town/parish where each party comes from is not included. For people requiring certificates, you will need the registration district which has been included in the notes.

A large number of records had "not cross checked" against them. This meant that only one person had transcribed the record. To aid accuracy, every record is typed twice and any inconsistencies checked. Many records have now been cross checked. However, you should always double check your findings before ordering certificates.

Some new projects are going to be underway during 2017:

What's available

The indexes to Civil Registration records can be found here. Compulsory registration of births and deaths started in 1878, much later than in England & Wales. Marriage registration became compulsory in 1884, however there are a large number of entries prior to this in the indices and these are also included.

The index for Island births 1878 - 2010; index for deaths 1878-2011 and marriages up to 1979 are available to search.

Please note: this site is not affiliated with the Isle of Man Civil Registry. If you want to order a certificate, you will need to contact the Registry directly - The Douglas Civil Registry Office, Deemsters Walk, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 3AR Telephone: 01624 687039.

If you are using this site for the first time, please please please read the FAQ first before sending a message. Despite making it clear on this site that it's not affiliated with the IOM Civil Registry, many people are writing and asking how to order certificates.

The information from the database is all that is available from the paper indices put together over the years by the Civil Registry. There are unfortunately going to be errors. If you think something is wrong, please let me know and I can add a note to the entry. One thing that is very frustrating to all concerned is that someone years ago thought it wasn't necessary to include the Bride's names in the marriage index!

More information needed!

Originally the index was prepared to make it easier for the Registry staff to find a record, but now they are a valuable resource for family historians and you could help further. Births could do with mother's maiden name or even parents details, marriages entries could do with the name of the spouse. If you have any details which could go into the index to help other users, please get in touch and see if we can make this search engine even better.