Is this possible to search for (or prove the absence of) my Grandmother's Irish birth certificate and Irish citizenship from the comfort of my own armchair in the US, ideally inexpensively?
My grandmother was born in 1883 to Irish parents, possibly in Limerick, possibly in Rhode Island (US).
I would like to know for certain whether she was born in Ireland and was an Irish citizen to satisfy the "yes, you can be a citizen if your grandparent was" Irish citizenship clause.
In other words I would like to track down my grandmother's "full civil birth certificate if born after 1864..."
Possible confounding factor - when she was a young girl (age 7 or so) her family put her up for adoption in the US. I do have her birth parents' names.
I could travel to Ireland and do this search in person at the General Register Office
but this office doesn't appear to offer an option where I can do the search on-line or commission them to look someone up.
I presume that if I found a birth certificate for her in Rhode Island, this would confirm she was not born in Ireland, though I do not know if this was the case for registration and citizenship at the time. Consider this a bonus sub-question - would a Rhode Island birth cert. negate the whole Irish thing for someone in the late 1800s?