FREE Irish Ancestry Research Sources – The Start — Part 1: How to search Irish Ancestors correctly (and the Learning Curve is darn near Vertical for research in some of these areas, others not so much):
Our main concentration is Sligo ‘s (41) Civil and Roam Catholic Church Parishes – centered around Kilmactigue Parish.
After more than Two (2) decades of Research, much of it covers all Ireland, but We also have hundreds of links to other less known Sites and Blogs. We also have worked the Ancient Mayo, Gallen and Sligo’s Luighne, Baronies – (and “Lieney”, now Leyny, along with a multitude of Baronies, and various Placenames, many which changed over time).
The Families of these areas is of Particular interest as Ours hails from this area – and those who lived near, or have Ancestors from around Kilmacteige include places such as Village of Aclare ( and nearby Townland’s of):
Then from the other side of Aclare, going down the “High Road” (the opposite way from the above Townlands), now towards Tubberycurry, the areas of:
We recorded all Surnames (as possible) of those in these areas. Some records are not available elsewhere (unless you go and find them yourself)!
some of the still available newspapers:
Sat View (OrdServey) of Aclare and Surrounding area today:
The Research Methodology:
John Grenham describes the “traditional way” (pre computer) ofAncestry research: “…find a townland, identify the civil parish, work out the Catholic parish, check the diocese, check the dates, order the microfilm.”
How True ! Now days We end up using computer programs to search, but the transition from paper records, to viewing paper records has it’s peculiarities (not to mention the completely missed records)!
Irish History should be somewhat known
Some verbatim History is on GenWeb North Mayo History from Poltemy to more recent times (400AD to 1900AD).
More specifically the Sligo Townlands’ of Kilmacteige/Kilmactigue, (South Sligo), Stonepark, Claddagh, Knockbrack , then other side of Aclare, Lislea, Banada, Tourlestrane, Tubbercurry. In the 1800s most records were in Castleconnor, Sligo — For Mayo, includes Killasser, Creggan, Swineford, Foxford, Kiltimagh.
MAPPING – LOOK AT LOCAL AREAS:
A map of the Civil Parishes of County Sligo is available at the Irish Times web site, many links being checked and updated.
A map of the Roman Catholic (RC) Parishes in County Sligo is available at the Co. Sligo, Ireland, online link to the Library Maps (see below — but they did have issues running, at times).
The Civil Parish, Barony, Poor Law Union, Catholic Parishes, and Catholic Diocese, and other Land Divisions, in Sligo, are:
|Civil Parish – Church of Ireland||Barony||Poor Law Union||Catholic Parish||Catholic Diocese|
|Achonry||Leyny||Tobercurry||Clonacool; Achonary and Curry||Achonry|
|Ballysadare||Leyny||Sligo||Ballysadare and Kilvarnet||Achonry|
|Cloonoghil||Corran||Tobercurry||Kilshalvey, Kilturra, and Cloonoghill||Achonry|
|Dromard||Tireragh||Dromore West||Skeen and Dromard||Killala|
|Easky||Tireragh||Dromore West||Easky; Kilglass||Killala|
|Emlaghfad||Corran||Boyle||Emlefad and Kilmorgan||Achrony|
|Kilcolman||Coolavin||Boyle||Castlemore and Kilcolman||Achrony|
|Kilfree||Coolavin||Boyle||Kilfree and Killaraught||Achrony|
|Killaraght||Coolavin||Boyle||Killfree and Killaraught||Achrony|
|Killerry||Tirerrill||Sligo||Killenumerry and Ballintogher||Ardagh|
|Kilmorgan||Corran||Sligo||Emlefad and Kilmorgan||Achrony|
|Kilshalvy||Corran||Boyle||Kilshalvey, Kilturra and Cloonoghill||Achrony|
|Kilturra||Corran||Tobercurry||Kilshalvey, Kilturra and Cloonoghill||Achrony|
|Kilvarnet||Leyny||Tobercurry||Balysodare and Kilvarnet||Achrony|
|Skreen||Tireragh||Dromore West||Skreen and Dromard||Killala|
|Templeboy||Tireragh||Dromore West||Templeboy and Kilmacshalgan||Killala|
Coolavin (Cúl ó bhFionn) is a barony in south County Sligo, in the Republic of Ireland. It was created from the ancient túath of An Corán.
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The TOP MENU and/or SIDE MENU is changing as We are re-organizing, Fall “clean-up” to speed up the Menu and Search functions, for faster searching. (Jan. 2017).
An interesting excerpt of life, as it was then by a Resident of the area in the mid-1800s in Kilmactigue:
When Sir Robert Gore Booth was landlord over this part of Sligo the rents the people had to pay were very high. What was worse, if the people tried to improve the dirty wet patches of land they were trying to live on, the rents were raised. There was a tax put on every window in the house. As well as that every house that had a chimney had to pay tax on it as well. In order to avoid paying many poor people built up the windows and you would see cabins with no chimney at all.
THE PRIMARY information needed for researching One’s Irish Ancestors correctly — and not wasting time and treasure — noted below.
Depending on the period – Irish records can be searched, to start, using three (3) main Primary Irish Authorities or Records:
A) 1901/1911 Census – two in one, ten (10) years apart.
B) Griffith’s Valuation of Tenements, commonly known as “Griffiths or Griffith’s Valuation” (between 1847-1864),
C) Various area Diocese/Church Documents — Baptism, Marriage, Death (BMD) Registrations — done on various dates some starting in the 1700s, most start mid-1800s —
The base of Researching your Irish born Ancestors’ one should first start with what you know of your Ancestor’s — their Surname, the Townland they lived in, and their Christian Name(s).
It is also good to know their “Nickname” as it seems like everyone in Ireland was called day-to-day, something different than their given or registered name!
Finding this precise information is your first task. Then if you follow the routes noted below, you should be able to easily locate your Ancestor’s Irish records (Birth is generally Baptism records in Ireland), Marriage, and Death – BMDs.
So, We go from the Known to the Unknown, using this known information to find the unknown information, documents, records, ect..