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So I've got an relation that was born 8th February 1917 Tuam, Galway, Ireland. Now at that time Ireland was under british rule but shortly after gained independence (that's my understanding anyway).

So I'm trying to trace the birth certificate and I'm wondering about open questions such as: was she 'British' or 'Irish' or did she start 'British' and become 'Irish' automatically as a child?

And more to the point - where am I likely to find her birth certificate? Would that sort of thing have been centrally held at the time?

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There are two questions here: what was the nationality and where are the birth certificates. Morph this question into asking one of those and create another question with the other? –  Sardathrion Mar 8 '12 at 15:52
    
@Sardathrion: no, the question is basically only where to get the birth certificate, and the "other question" is just a likely prerequisite of that one. –  Lohoris Mar 8 '12 at 15:56

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A lot of the records were lost when the Dublin Public Record Office was blown up in 1922.
But see http://www.gov.ie/en/essays/genealogy.html

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I'm trying to trace the birth certificate and I'm wondering about open questions such as: was she 'British' or 'Irish' or did she start 'British' and become 'Irish' automatically as a child?

Remember that people can be both 'British' and 'Irish'.

This might help track down her parents: Online, searchable, Irish censuses from 1901 and 1911 http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/

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