The Registry of Deeds Archive Services is open by appointment only Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays). Our appointment hours are 10:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 16:00.
Appointments must be reserved in advance via our online booking system.
The building is located at Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, D01 EK82. Access is via Henrietta Street or Constitution Hill entrances. The location is wheelchair accessible and toilet facilities are provided.
There are no car parking facilities available in the King’s Inn car park. There is limited pay and display parking on Henrietta Street.
Please note: Our postal address is Registry of Deeds, Chancery Street, Dublin 7, Ireland, D07 T652
Plan Your Visit
Before making an appointment to search our records, you need to understand the type of records we hold and be certain that you have the correct background information to carry out research at the Registry of Deeds. We strongly advise you to first consult the Registry of Deeds Records and Registry of Deeds Services webpages and contact us to discuss your query if you need further guidance.
The preferred method of payment if ordering microfilm cards, copies or searches during your appointment is by card or contactless payment.
If you are unable to make your appointment after booking, please cancel your appointment. We operate a cancellation list and release any appointments which become available.
Appointment to Access Records 1708- 1969
- Please watch our instructional video on book-handling in advance of your visit.
- Appointments must be reserved in advance via our online booking system. You will be asked to specify whether appointment is for essential legal purposes or historical research purposes.
- There are four types of appointments available:
- Access to Abstract Books;
- Access to Lands & Names Index and Transcript Books (for legal purposes)
- Access to Lands & Names Index and Transcript Books (for historical research purposes)
- Microfilm Appointment
- Customers are free to arrive at any point within the two-hour appointment slot. Customers who require to use both Abstract Books and Index Books, should book appointments for each room at the same time slot. They can move freely between rooms throughout the visit.
- Pre-order the Lands Index, Transcript Books, Microfilm Records, and Abstract ooks you wish to view when making your appointment.
- Subject to availability you can book both a morning and afternoon appointment on the same day. Customers can book a maximum of 10 appointments per week (5 Index, 5 Abstract appointments). This is to ensure fair access to all of our users when demand on the service remains high.
- Only the named individual who booked the appointment may attend the time slot. If you wish to attend with a friend or colleague, you must each book a separate appointment.
Arriving at the Registry of Deeds
- You must confirm booking at reception. Staff will inform you which desk you have been assigned.
- Photographic identification is required. The Registry of Deeds will accept the following forms of photo identification: current valid full passport; Public Services Card issued by the Department of Social Protection, employer’s identity card with photograph, Garda Identity Age Card, full driving licence (learner’s permit with photo), student identity card with photograph or a travel pass with photograph.
- All personal belongings, coats, bags must be placed in a secure locker at reception.
- Only pencils, notepaper and electronic devices for note-taking can be brought to the public consultation areas known as the Public Room (for abstract appointments) and Genealogical Room (Index appointments)
- Pre-ordered material will be waiting for customers at their assigned desk or on a trolley on their arrival to the Registry of Deeds.
During Your Appointment
- Treat other customers and Registry of Deeds staff with courtesy and respect at all times.
- Phone calls must be taken in corridors outside the public consultation areas.
- Customers must view volumes at the assigned seat only.
- The bound volumes are fragile, and must be treated with respect due to their legal and historical value.
- Always wash your hands before handling archival materials, and make sure they are completely dry.
- Pencils only can be used. Do not use pencil sharpeners or erasers as these may damage the books.
- Use the cushions provided to support spines.
- Do not lean, mark or write on books. Do not leave any writing materials on books.
- Stack the books neatly and carefully when ready for return, to a maximum of three high.
- Please ensure Names Index books are returned to shelf in correct order.
- Assistance is available from staff at Reception on ground floor and in the Genealogical Room during the appointment.
Retrieval of Registry of Deeds Records
- Names Index Books can be retrieved from open shelving throughout your visit and do not need to be pre-ordered.
- Pre-ordering of Lands Index and Transcript Books is required. A maximum of 5 volumes can be ordered per appointment. You can request a small number to be retrieved mid-appointment.
- Pre-ordering of Abstract Books is recommended where possible. A list of up to 50 Abstract Books can be submitted in advance in chronological order.
- Customers may request additional retrievals during their appointment by completing a request form and submitting to a staff member. Retrievals will be on a first come, first served basis. And retrieval times may vary. It may be necessary to limit or suspend the mid-appointment retrieval service during busy periods or when staff availability is limited.
- All amendments or additions to list must be submitted by 09.00 the day of a morning appointment and by 13.00 the day of an afternoon appointment. It is not possible to order Abstract Books for an Index appointment and vice versa.
Covid-19 Protocols for Customers
- Covid-19 is still with us and we must continue to be risk aware. Please ensure you are familiar with current HSE advice on preventing the spread of Covid-19.
- Do not attend the Registry of Deeds if you are symptomatic (even if fully vaccinated and boosted) or if diagnosed with Covid-19.
- Continue to follow good hand and respiratory hygiene, and use hand sanitisers provided.
- Continue to be mindful of others who are more vulnerable.
- We will continue to encourage and facilitate the wearing of masks.
- Desk space, lockers, bathroom facilities and touchpoints are cleaned daily.