Eileen Ó Dúill, CG, (nee O’Sullivan) was raised in Queens, New York, one of 7 children of Irish parents. In 1974, she followed her heart to Ireland where she met and married Sean Ó Dúill.
Eileen was fortunate in 1991 when she was able to turn a lifelong hobby into a business providing a professional genealogical research service. Being an American living in Ireland has enabled her to have a unique perspective on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and an understanding of her fellow countrymen in their quest for their Irish heritage.
Eileen has lectured at numerous National Genealogical Society Conferences in the United States as well as at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conferences between 1998 and 2011. In February 2011 she presented a lecture at “Who Do You Think You Are?-Live” in London.
In 2000, Eileen co-authored Irish Civil Registration- Where Do I Begin? with Steven ffeary Smyrl and has lectured widely on the General Register Office. She has been admitted as expert genealogical witness at kinship hearings in 6 Surrogate Courts of New York State between 1991 and 2011. Her areas of specializations are probate genealogy and civil registration.
In 2005, the General Register Office was relocated to Roscommon town but thanks to successful campaign, a research facility was guaranteed in Dublin. The GRO research room is located on the 3rd floor of building 6 in the Irish Life Centre, Abbey Street Lower, Dublin. The office opens at 9:30AM and closes at 4:30 but last order for records must be made by 4PM.
Fortunately, FamilySearch.org now offers access to the index to Irish births marriages and deaths from 1864 to 1958. Marriages for non-Catholics date from 1845. Some birth records (1864-1881) as well as death an marriage records (1864-1870) have been filmed. For details view Ireland Civil Registration at the FamilySearch Wiki.
Researchers can identify records and note the volume, page, quarter, years and registry district. When you arrive in the GRO, you can request these records to view them. There is a limit of 5 records per person per day so perhaps you can persuade a friend or relative to come along with you if you will need more.
If you haven't used the indexes at FamilySearch, the fees charged for use of the indexes at the GRO are: Euro 20 for a General Search which allows you all day access to all index volumes from the open shelves. Euro 2 is charged for Particular Searches which allow access to 5 consecutive years in any one category, births, deaths or marriages. To view each record, the fee is Euro 4 per request. Most days, the records are produced within 15 minutes to 30 minutes depending on demand.
The GRO is, for many people, their first stop in Dublin. The records you obtain here will lead you on to the other major record repositories in Dublin.