FREE Irish Ancestry Research Sources – The Start — Part 1: How to search Irish Ancestors correctly.
Although this site contains 1000s of record in Ireland, many hosted here, our concentration is on South Sligo and North Mayo, Ireland — in the rugged and mostly rural NorthWest of Ireland.
Also the area where the Sligo/Mayo border changed in 1898.
More specifically the Parishes’ of Kilmacteige/Kilmactigue, South Sligo- Townlands include: Stonepark, Claddagh, Knockbrack , Lislea, Banada, Tourlestrane, Tubbercurry, (Castleconnor), Sligo — and Killasser, Creggan, Swineford, Foxford, Kiltimagh, Mayo
(and others as many files cover all Ireland).
— MAPPING TO LOOK AT LOCAL AREAS LISTED:
A map of the Civil Parishes of County Sligo is available at the Irish Times web site.
A map of the Catholic Parishes of County Sligo is available at the Sligo Library in the online Maps Library site (see below, but it did have issues running at times).
The Civil Parish, Barony, PLU, Catholic Parishes, and Catholic Diocese, and other Land Divisions 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.
Ua Dubhda (O’Dowd) were kings of Tir Fhiacrach. In 982 Aedh ua Dubhda (Aedh grandson of Dubhda), King of Uí Fiachrach Muaidhe, died “an untroubled death”. He was the first of his dynasty to use the surname O Dubhda. TO PRONOUNCE IT SEE:
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. (Sept. 2016).
An interesting excerpt of life 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, is noted below.
Depending on the period – Irish records can be searched, to start, using three (3) main Primary Irish Authorities or Records (Griffith’s Valuation of Tenements, commonly “Griffiths” between 1847-1864), Ireland Census of 1901/1911, between the decade 1901-1911, and Church Documents (Baptism, Marriage) Registrations, various dates some starting in the 1700s, most start mid-1800s —
So to start (their are many others noted on the menu pages) We check these as they are free, online, and indexed so they can be searched (see below). We move out from there (but We end up returning to these 3 records all the time, over and over).
Additionally, new records are coming online everyday as the Deeds are being transcribed (help if you have the time) at: Irish Deeds Index
The base of Researching your Irish born Ancestors’ one should first start with and know your Ancestor’s Surname, Townland, and Christian Name(s). It is also good to know their “Nickname” as many were called something different than their given 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..
We have called this the “three-legged-stool” of Irish Research :
SO LET’S GET STARTED:
a) You need to know your Ancestor’s SURNAMES and regularly vary the spelling (depending on search results). Many people were illiterate back then, if one knows Irish History, Roman Catholic Families were forced to use “Hedge Schools” back in the Penal Law times, and not much better schools later. The corresponding beginning records, usually created by the Parish Priest (PP) or His clerk, usually wrote the names down phonetically (how it sounded to them), and spelling errors are inevitable. And, English was usually a second language (as Irish is still taught in Ireland but now it is the second language generally). They might not have known how to spell their Surname. Further, until the 19th Century many did not know their exact birth-dates(which is one reason in the 1901 and 1911 Census, some people aged more than the ten years between the Census). Last common reason was not trusting the Government Representative, usually the “Constable” did the Census returns. Remember, It was a different time, so keep that in mind when your researching as what We do now is not how it was back then !
You should also VARY that spelling in each of the next searches (and know the common variations of the Surname’s spelling (how they spelled one time is not a guarantee in was so spelled in the next or later records). Speak the Surname to yourself; how does it sound? Dialect impacts phonetics — ask someone else to say it (so you might hear it from others, and trying to get your Irish born Friends to say it if they still have an Irish Brogue)?
Often when Emigrating, letters were commonly dropped (such as the “O”). So, the exact same Family might have changed their Surname intentionally, or inadvertently, or it was simply misspelled (and then this error was replicated in future records) !
Christian (First) Names, and Middle names are likewise very important in the next steps to find specific Individuals – and over and over the same names were very common so it is critical that you pay special attention to this as many have gone down, some for years, the “wrong road” – meaning they were researching the wrong person, and only discover it because someone who did Irish research noticed they were not careful at the start (or assumed the right name in the right place was their Ancestor -never assume).
IRISH NAMING TRADITIONS: Lastly, Irish Families often (but not always) followed common Irish naming conventions or tradition (see Irish Irish Naming Traditions pages below);
More detailed Irish Naming Traditions:
First born son named after his father’s father
Second born son named after his mother’s father
Third born son named after his father
Fourth born son named after his father’s oldest brother
Fifth born son named after his father’s 2nd oldest brother
or his mother’s oldest brother
First born daughter named after her mother’s mother
Second born daughter named after her father’s mother
Third born daughter named after her mother
Fourth born daughter named after her mother’s oldest sister
Fifth born daughter named after her mother’s 2nd oldest sister
or her father’s oldest sister
The NEXT STEP in Searching is:
b) Their TOWNLAND (the main division of Ireland’s land areas). Make sure to check all the adjacent Townlands and close-by Counties (many Counties have the same name townland names), as your concentrating exactly where your Ancestor’s lived or farmed — MAPS HELP as in essence your research the larger area, in a step-by-step manner.
c) Further, many Townlands had or have “sub-townlands” (which are as difficult as ancient areas called “Baronies,” Poor Law Unions (PLU), and District Electoral Division (DED)- so make sure to check if other same or similar named Townlands exist elsewhere in the County (or the adjacent counties). And as today, people moved – some more than others – some constantly (sometimes depending on the work). So WHERE THEY LIVED, LEASED, WORKED, OR FARMED is what your after – a record was usually created if someone lived in an Townland – what you want to discover!
Also, due to penal laws, some leases were not even recorded as Roman Catholics were very discriminated against by the Government (1659-1750s) and even into the 1800s. Later, as Michael Davit’s Land League and “Boycotts” happened, changes were slowly made and eventually absent Landlord’s Leases (which were then sometimes made for a “number of lives” usually meaning a Father would bind His Son, GrandSon and Great GrandSon so they had Land – the most important thing in Rural Ireland — some Leases were so-called “Royal” — also known as “3- lives”) were bought out and real Ownership in Land introduced in the 1900-1950s (so only recently). Land transfers in Ireland are completely different than in the USA – so do not try to compare the ownerships ; further, the Land League ended Absentee Landlords, brought about the Three “Rs” but it took many many, many years- which is covered in the Land section of the Site.
Many Irish were laborers – they often moved around, and most went to England to work every year even if they had a stable place in Ireland — Coal Mines gave many Irish employment (even though it was dangerous and low paying, back breaking, work). Knowing Irish History is important when doing Research, and an area the traditional places Men went in England to work is important (as many from an area stuck together when working). As is true overall, Irish History impacted everything so knowing History helps One search for the various records, in what year, can and is important to where the records were or are). It is very complex but with the help and persistence, you CAN do it yourself free!
Critical pieces of information are needed, as you do NOT want to make a critical error at the start-these above things are needed to be exactly who your researching — be careful as many Family members with the exact same name probably existed, so you need to verify name, then date or Birth (most common is date of Baptism) .
Irish Birth/Baptism, Marriage, Death (BMD) Records were created, and usually created locally first by the Parish Priest (PP) who performed the Baptism, Marriage, or Burial (Death) . It almost always depended on this PP to write the corresponding record, which were required by Church or Civil law. History teaches Us that this was (mostly) first started in England proper, and then made law in other Realms. But Ireland was almost always a little different -as the “Established (Protestant) Church was not where the Majority of the Irish Population attended Church as 98% (roughly) were Roman Catholic, since the time of St. Patrick around 450 A.D.. This required two (2) different sets of records and the tensions between the Population and the Religion were bad and ongoing down through Centuries — the records were usually kept in the Parishes the local Population attended Mass at – indeed, in the 1850s-1950s Families often purchased the Pews in the Church of rural Parishes! This is not the case any longer, but it was even up to recent memory.
The Roman Catholic (RC) Church Records are, for the most part, imaged and online by National Library of Ireland (NLI), and are hosted online freely available — but searching them correctly is the trick – some records are NOT completely transcribed (yet) like the Deeds, some of which go back to the 1600s and 1700s–many transcriptions have errors, and spelling is never what you think it going to be, so remember to vary your spelling if your search is not coming back — again, try saying Names out load to others, and try to spell it that way (ask yourself what it sounded like with a “thick Irish brogue,” or “British Hackney accent” as many spent considerable time in England working every year– it can sound different depending on the dialect ! Remember England/Great Britain and Ireland were one Country to the Irish Free State beginning 1922.
- FIRST, CONTACT ANY LIVING RELATIVES or ANCESTORS FIRST AND FOREMOST (IF POSSIBLE) ! Why search for someone if someone living already knows the answers to your questions ?-Talk to your Parents and GrandParents before they pass (and record it if at all possible, so you can refer to it later). And do it more than once, regularly is a good idea as Memory needs to get flowing so coming back every week or month is very important. And finally, do not take “I don’t know anything’ as they all had childhood (some not good, some fine) and to recall things most Humans need to be carefully questioned and then follow-up questions, you will be surprised how the most reluctant Person starts talking when you ask about their Life !! “Just do it” is the best advice possible (as many things people are “concerned about” and thus do not want to tell, are silly in today’s world!
2. Paid (Like ANCESTRY DOT COM ) search engines are great but you don’t want to just give away your hard earned money right? So paid-site researching has it place, but with the below caveats and/or HINTS:
3) PAID ANCESTRY SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE GREAT -AND AMAZING AT WHAT THEY CAN LOCATE – BUT IT IS MORE PRUDENT TO USE FREE RESOURCES (Like this Site) FIRST !
4) AFTER SEARCHING ALL THE FREE SITES (many listed below), ONLY THEN SHOULD YOU CONSIDER PAYING FOR ANCESTRY SUBSCRIPTION (which has its own ins and outs noted below) !
USING ANCESTRY DOT COM EFFECTIVELY:
5) ON ANCESTRY, UNLESS YOU HAVE MORE MONEY THAN YOU NEED, ONLY PAY FOR A SINGLE MONTHS’ WORLD WIDE EXPLORER ….and then you want to do research EVERY DAY OF THAT MONTH! (Keeping paying Ancestry just to store your tree is silly, buy a Program for your computer to do that as it is a one time cost).
(5a) It is generally better to SUBSCRIBE MONTHLY (even though it costs a few dollars more) for the part-time family researcher. You usually (for Ireland from the USA) need the “WORLD EXPLORER” subscription to see the Irish / British/ UK records.
When you go to the ancestry.com website, by default (automatically filled in) they have “Annual subscription” c hecked — so uncheck it — and then check Monthly – Ancestry.com wants you to send them as much money as they can so do NOT do this and subscribe monthly (and use the remaining months without it as you can still use the message boards without a paid subscription). Monthly subscription is the BEST for most people who do not search every day (for every day of a year) ! Remember, You can always pay for another month if you feel you need it, or it is worth it to you. We usually do one month every year and use the remaining time to search free sites. We keep this site free as paying for records your ancestor paid to create back then seems (and is) wrong. On the other hand, collecting, indexing and hosting does cost so it’s a balancing act like most things in life.
(5 B) DISCOUNTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ANCESTRY ACCESS (THROUGH PROMO CODES) BY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES (THEY OFTEN HAVE DISCOUNTED PRICES), AND SOFTWARE (but read and understand the terms and conditions FIRST, as if it seems to be too good to be true, it usually is!) —
(5C) FREE ACCESS DAYS ARE OFTEN GIVEN AT DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE YEAR — LIKE ST. PATRICK’S WEEK AND OTHER TIMES !
(5 D) AFTER YOU CREATE AN ANCESTRY.COM ACCOUNT YOU CAN GO BACK TO FORUMS or the “MESSAGE BOARDS” (WHICH HAVE BEEN THERE FOR OVER 20+ YEARS — CHECK THE DATE IN THE UPPER RIGHT CORNER)– WITHOUT HAVING PAID SUBSCRIPTION TO THE DATABASES (“WORLD”). TALK ON THE MESSAGE BOARDS FOR THE AREA YOUR SEARCHING. CHECK BACK EVERY MONTH or MORE OFTEN (as many other Families are now searching the same areas their Ancestors lived – in fact their Ancestors might have been your Ancestor’s neighbors!(It’s happened)!
(6) AGAIN YOU CAN MAINTAIN YOUR EMAIL REGISTRATION /ACCOUNT ON ANCESTRY TO “SIGN-IN” TO THE MESSAGE BOARDS WITHOUT A PAID SUBSCRIPTION — (OBVIOUSLY YOU WILL *NOT* BE ABLE TO SEARCH THE DATABASES, OR EVERYTHING IT WOULD IF YOU HAD PAID SUBSCRIPTION THAT MONTH (but others on the message boards probably do) KEEP SIGNING INTO YOUR ACCOUNT AND MESSAGE BOARDS EVEN IF YOUR NOT PAYING THAT MONTH — YOU CAN POST TO THE “FORUMS” (OR MESSAGE BOARDS) WITHOUT HAVING AN PAID SUBSCRIPTION so you can still message other people ……then you can pay and search for another month, and then cancel, over and over .
——-Starting Research in Ireland’s Basic Sources——-
IRELAND / IRISH research is Building a “Three-Legged-Stool ” from the 3 Main Genealogical Record resources still available in Ireland today (as many have been lost or destroyed)–using these three 3 PRIMARY SOURCES to build on from known to unknown….. explained (and linked) below:
(1) The 1901/1911 Irish Census (LINK BELOW), (census of Ireland-wide people/farms Ten Years apart – the “base” of any Irish Ancestors’ research (a good explanation of these Census’ is located at: (link to actual census pages are lower down the page “Moving on to DATA” ):
(2) The Griffith’s Primary Valuation of Tenements (LINK BELOW) a/k/a “Griffiths”, (a survey for taxes promulgated by the Irish Poor Law of 1838), done continuously from 1848 to 1864 and (really to present through other records, including land valuation office) any post 1850s research starts with the Valuation (a good explanation of what Griffiths is about, what was done, and the time frame is located at (actual link to Griffith’s is lower down on this page titled “Moving on to DATA”):
and the third leg:
(3) The Tithe “Defaulters” (circa 1831) -These schedules are lists of the names of the people who did not pay their tithes for the year 1831. IN other words it is a List of People – mainly Roman Catholic Religion who would not pay on moral grounds, or “defaulted” , on an (alleged) debt that was Imposed on them without asking them, or any consent (or input) by the then Gov. to support the “Established (State sanctioned) Protestant Church.” Below are several links that explain the Tithe Defaulter “lists” (tthey were only in cerain Counties and the Priest has to attach and Affidavit which in itself often times hold much information:
THE MOST IMPORTANT DATA YOU NEED IS YOUR ANCESTOR’S
(1) SURNAME, Christian name, Middle name
(2) TOWNLAND THEY LIVED/ FARMED /LEASED LAND IN (and sub-townland, Parish (both Civil and Religious) as well as District Electorial Division (DED). Not to mention to Barony and Poor Law Union (PLU) are also land divisions (did we not it’s all very complicated?). Don’t worry, the townland is the basic land unit similar to a Township in the USA.
CENSUS IN IRELAND – A SAD HISTORY
In proper order (below) if you search the County, Townland, and your Ancestor’s Surname, through the three PRIMARY SOURCES listed below, you will efficiently search your Ireland Ancestors. You can then narrow, or widen your search depending on the results (narrow if you have many results, widen if you have few or none) – just follow the order below:
1. Irish Census 1901 and 1911http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/search/
2. Griffiths Valuation
3. Tithes Applotments
Mayo Mapping Tool (Mayo Library)
————– AND FINALLY WE ORDER OUR ANCESTOR’S B, M, or D CERTIFICATES TO GAIN MORE INFORMATION, (USUALLY THE PARENTS/GRANDPARENTS NAMES SO THAT WE CAN CONFIRM THE PARENTS SUR or CHRISTIAN NAMES (AS THEY ARE SOMETIMES LISTED ON BIRTH/MARRIAGE/ DEATH CERTS) — but often not in the general Census Records. The CERTS generally can cost from around 20+ EUROS IN IRELAND GRO *(which is outrageous price gouging by the GRO, Complain to them all )*, not to mention plus postage — and depending on where you order them the price could be different, as in the UK it is much cheaper). THIS IS A ONGOING LIST AND ADDED TO OFTEN.
GRO (General Register Office)
http://www.groireland.ie/ ———— ==
THE REMAINING PART OF THE “FREE” LIST : http://www.irishtimes.com/ancestor/browse/records/church/catholic/#Church Information you need to start: SURNAME, COUNTY, and TOWNLAND.
Roman Catholic Parishes
Links by County
DNA Testing and Family Ancestry Research – the FUTURE and ability to break “brick Walls”
http://www.isogg.org/wiki/Autosomal_DNA ————————————- —————————————————— —————————————————————–
Ireland History In Maps
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~irlkik/ihm/moremaps.htm top – Census (1901/1911), Griffiths Val., and Tithe records http://www.genealogy.nationalarchives.ie/
Ordinance Survey Drill Down to Farm Level (Highlight) when you know the townland
http://maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V1,588882,739883,0,10 Ireland Google Earth Map http://maps.google.co.uk/ http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/map/google_map_ireland.htm http://www.trigtools.co.uk/irish.cgi?gr=Q%2082655%2012849&c=25 http://mardevino.com/an-road-map-of-ireland/
Find Townlands at SeanRaud
1901 and 1911 Irish Census Free online for every County
Explaination of Public Offices pre-Free State
Tithe Tithe Applotment Search
GRO Ask about Ireland
Search Ancestry Sligo Message Board (post requests, see if someone responds) http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.britisles.ireland.sli.general/2109.2184.108.40.206/mb.ashx
Ask About Ireland main page
Leitrim Rosscommon (Many more than those 2 Counties)
UK BMD Free
IN DEPTH- Start With Census, then Griffith, then the Tithe Defaulters, then specific County records, and finally Townland records:
take time so these Names and Research done is the “BASE” for any future Ireland research – if you get it wrong here, you might be searching the wrong people from then out — Surnames are based in the Townlands’ for 99% of People so make darn sure they are your relations before moving on to other records from the Census:
Irish Census Lists 1821-
Tithes Applotments from the National Archives of Ireland.
https://www.mypropertytitle.ie/praMap.aspx# http://www.landdirect.ie/eng/landdirect_ie/About_landdirect_… http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~irlsli/censussligo1749open… CERTS: FREE–check Here first, dig it is there (and information you can use to help order the correct paid cert)!! http://www.freebmd.org.uk/
IRELAND LAND VALUATION OFFICE
Registered Building Registry
Co. Sligo Library DIGITAL Ordnance Survey (Use IE for best results)
PAGE 2 – FOR MORE RESEARCH continue to part 2
OTHER SOURCE RECORDS, NAME, DATE, SOURCE LOCATION (I, NI)Date Source Location 798 Spinning wheel Premium List SLC 1659 Penders Census of Ireland SLC 925648 1665 Hearth Money Rolls Irish Manuscripts Commission 1967 1749 Religious Census of Elphin Dioceses SLC 101781 1796 Voters List for Co. sligo Sligo County Library 1813 Petition by Sligo Protestants NLI 1824 J. Pigot’s City of Dublin and Hibernian Provincial Directory Sligo County Library 1839 List of Persons who obtained Game Certificates in sligo Parl. Papers 1837 1839 Sligo Independent’s SLC 100179 1843 Voters Lists Nai 1846 Slater’s National Commercial Directory of Ireland Sligo County Library 1852 Names of Electors for Co. Sligo NLI 1853 Rental of the Crofton Estate – Dromard and Templeboy Parishes NAI 1856 Slater’s National Commercial Directory of Ireland Sligo County Library 1858 Griffiths Valuation SLC 1870 Slater’s Directory of Ireland Sligo County Library 1876 Owners of Land in Co. sligo Sligo County Library 1881 Slater’s Royal National Directory of Ireland Sligo County Library 1889 Sligo Independent directory of Ballymote, Cliffoney, Easkey, Coolaney, Drumcliff, Collooney, Carney, Dromore West, Rioverstown and Bunnermadden, Rosses Point and Enniscrone, Sligo, and Tubbercurry. Sligo County Library 1894 Slater’s Royal National Directory of Ireland Sligo County Library 1901 Census SLC 851582-851605 1911 Census NAI “ 1856 Sligo Independent Almanac Sligo County Library . BOOKS NOTING SLIGO CONNECTION: Further Notes on the High Sheriffs of Co. Sligo Sligo County Library . History of Ballymote and the Parish of Emlaghfad Sligo County Library . From Plain to Hill – A Short History of the Parish of Achonry Sligo County Library . Killoran and Coolaney, a local History Sligo County Library . Statistcial Survey of co. Sligo Sligo County Library . A Bibliographical Introduction to the Antiquities and History of Co. Sligo Sligo County Library . History of Sligo, Town and Country Sligo County Library . History of Sligo Sligo County Library 1691-1845 Kilmore and Ardagh SLC 100869 1698-1838 Killala and Achonry Wills SLC 824242 1698-1838 Index to Killala and Achonry Wills SLC 941.5 A1 1705-0732 Sligo county wills NLI 1734-1825 Estate records of Owen Wynne’s Estate Sligo County Library 1740-1900 Estate records of the Lord Lorron Estate Sligo County Library 1760-86 Major Tenants of the Stafford Estate NLI 1760-87 Rental of the Boswell Estate – Ahamlish and Drumrat Parishes NLI 1760-88 Rental of the O’hara Estate Parishes of Achonry, Ballysadare, Killoran and Killvarent NLI 1775-1872 Estate records of the cooper Family Sligo County Library 1792-1804 Rental Records of Sir Thomas Dundas Estate NLI-96 Alphabetical List of Sligo Freeholders NLI 1823-37 Tithe Applotment Survey NLI 1832-37 List of Voters Registered in the Borough of Sligo SLC 1865-1899 Ballina District Will Books SLC 100868 Family History Pedigrees of Co. Sligo Families, McDonagh Sligo County Library Family History A History of the Protestant Downeys of Cos. Sligo, Leitrim, Fermanagh and Donegal Sligo County Library Family History Hillas of Co. Sligo Sligo County Library Family History Irinw (see Co. Roscommon) Sligo County Library Family History The McDermots of Moylurg Sligo County Library Family History Pedigrees of the McDonagh Clan of Corann and Tirerill and other Families of Co. Sligo Sligo County Library Family History The O’connor Families, Families of Daniel and Matthias O’Connor of Corsallagh Hosue, Achonry, Co. Sligo, Ireland Sligo County Library Family History The Family of Wood, Co. Sligo Sligo County Library Family History The Wynnes of Sligo and Leitrim Sligo County Library Gravestone Inscriptions Indexed by Sligo Heritage Center Sligo Heritage Center Library Sligo County Library Courthouse Sligo, Ireland . Library Co. Sligo Heritage and Genalogy Society Aras Reddan Temple St Sligo, Ireland . Library Ballymote Heritage society . Library Sligo Field Club .
Irish State top two –
Census and Tithe records (plus Soldiers Wills, And Administration) http://www.genealogy.nationalarchives.ie/
Ordinance Survey Drill Down to Farm Level (Highlight) http://maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V1,588882,739883,0,10
Ireland Google Earth Map
Ireland National Archives Simple/Advanced/Expert Searches
Explaination of Public Offices pre-Free State http://homepage.eircom.net/~seanjmurphy/nai/puboffs.htm#Tithe
Tithe Applotment Search
Ask about Ireland
Ancestry Sligo Message Board (post requests, see if someone responds)
http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.britisles.ireland.sli.general/2109.2220.127.116.11/mb.ashx Ask About Ireland main page http://www.askaboutireland.ie/ Leitrim Rosscommon (Many more resources than those counties – one of the Best!) http://www.leitrim-roscommon.com/index.shtml
UK BMD Free
Marquis of Sligo (George John Browne, the 3rd Marquis of Sligo)
Irish Census Lists 1821-
Names and Townlands of the Lough Talt and Lough Easkey Area
Paid (at times the offer free access) and others:
CERTS: FREE–check Here first BEFORE ordering a paid cert from GRO)!!
LDS Family Search
Registered Building Registry http://www.buildingsofireland.ie/Surveys/Buildings/
Co. Sligo Library DIGITAL Ordnance Survey (Use IE for best results) http://www.sligolibrary.ie/sligolibrarynew/LocalStudies/GeneralGuidetoCollection/DigitalCollections/
Date Source Location(s) of OTHER sources (secondary):
798 Spinning wheel Premium List SLC
1659 Penders Census of Ireland SLC 925648 1665
Hearth Money Rolls Irish Manuscripts Commission
1967 1749 Religious Census of Elphin Dioceses SLC 101781
1796 Voters List for Co. sligo Sligo County Library
1813 Petition by Sligo Protestants NLI
1824 J. Pigot’s City of Dublin and Hibernian Provincial Directory Sligo County Library
1839 List of Persons who obtained Game Certificates in sligo Parl. Papers 1837
1839 Sligo Independent’s SLC 100179
1843 Voters Lists Nai
1846 Slater’s National Commercial Directory of Ireland Sligo County Library
1852 Names of Electors for Co. Sligo NLI
1853 Rental of the Crofton Estate – Dromard and Templeboy Parishes NAI
1856 Slater’s National Commercial Directory of Ireland Sligo County Library
1858 Griffiths Valuation SLC
1870 Slater’s Directory of Ireland Sligo County Library
1876 Owners of Land in Co. sligo Sligo County Library
1881 Slater’s Royal National Directory of Ireland Sligo County Library
1889 Sligo Independent directory of Ballymote, Cliffoney, Easkey, Coolaney, Drumcliff, Collooney, Carney, Dromore West, Rioverstown and Bunnermadden, Rosses Point and Enniscrone, Sligo, and Tubbercurry. Sligo County Library
1894 Slater’s Royal National Directory of Ireland Sligo County Library
1901 Census SLC 851582-851605
1911 Census NAI
“1856 Sligo Independent Almanac Sligo County Library .
Further Notes on the High Sheriffs of Co. Sligo Sligo County Library . History of Blalymote and the Parish of Emlaghfad Sligo County Library .
From Plain to Hill – A Short History of the Parish of Achonry Sligo County Library .
Killoran and Coolaney, a local History Sligo County Library .
Statistcial Survey of co. Sligo Sligo County Library .
A Bibliographical Introduction to the Antiquities and History of Co. Sligo Sligo County Library .
History of Sligo, Town and Country Sligo County Library .
History of Sligo Sligo County Library 1691-1845
Kilmore and Ardagh SLC 100869
1698-1838 Killala and Achonry Wills SLC 824242
1698-1838 Index to Killala and Achonry Wills SLC 941.5 A1 1705-0732
Sligo county wills NLI
1734-1825 Estate records of Owen Wynne’s Estate Sligo County Library
1740-1900 Estate records of the Lord Lorron Estate Sligo County Library 1760-86 Major Tenants of the Stafford Estate NLI 1760-87 Rental of the Boswell Estate – Ahamlish and Drumrat Parishes NLI 1760-88 Rental of the O’hara Estate Parishes of Achonry, Ballysadare, Killoran and Killvarent NLI 1775-1872 Estate records of the cooper Family Sligo County Library 1792-1804 Rental Records of Sir Thomas Dundas Estate NLI 1795-96 Alphabetical List of Sligo Freeholders NLI 1823-37 Tithe Applotment Survey NLI 1832-37 List of Voters Registered in the Borough of Sligo SLC 1865-1899 Ballina District Will Books SLC 100868 Family History Pedigrees of Co. Sligo Families, McDonagh Sligo County Library Family History A History of the Protestant Downeys of Cos. Sligo, Leitrim, Fermanagh and Donegal Sligo County Library Family History Hillas of Co. Sligo Sligo County Library Family History Irinw (see Co. Roscommon) Sligo County Library Family History The McDermots of Moylurg Sligo County Library Family History Pedigrees of the McDonagh Clan of Corann and Tirerill and other Families of Co. Sligo Sligo County Library Family History The O’connor Families, Families of Daniel and Matthias O’Connor of Corsallagh Hosue, Achonry, Co. Sligo, Ireland Sligo County Library Family History The Family of Wood, Co. Sligo Sligo County Library Family History The Wynnes of Sligo and Leitrim Sligo County Library Gravestone Inscriptions Indexed by Sligo Heritage Center Sligo Heritage Center Library Sligo County Library The Courthouse Sligo, Ireland . Library Co. Sligo Heritage and Genalogy Society Aras Reddan Temple St Sligo, Ireland . Library Ballymote Heritage society . Library Sligo Field Club . Roman Catholic Records Parish Earliest Dates Location FHLC # Achonry (1) 1869-1942 LC, NLI, SHGS, 1279231 0926001 Achonry (2) Cloonacool pt. Tubbercury Curry pt 1865-1881 1867-1900 LC, NLI, SHGC 096006 1279230-31 1279231 0926007 Aghanagh 1800-1881 LC, NLI, SHGS 0989739 0989739 Ahamlish 1796 LC, NLI, SHGS Ballynakill Rivertown 1803-1881 0989737 Ballysadare 1842; 1803-1880 LC, NLI, SHGS 0926019 Ballysumaghan Sowey, See Kilmacallan not available Calry Sligo, See St. John’s not available Castleconor 1855-1880 LC, NLI, SHGS 1279204 Cloonoghil 1842-1877 1279233 Dromard 1817-1892 1279204 Drumcliff 1841-1880 LC, NLI, SHGS 0989735 Drumcolumb Riverstown 1803-1881 0989737 Drumrat (Keashe) 1843-1880 LC, NLI, SHGS 096008 1279231 Easky 1864-1880 LC, NLI, SHGS 1279204 Emlaghfad 1826-1880 LC, NLI, SHGS 0926016 Kilcolman See Castlemore, Co. Roscommon Carra Castle: 1847-1880 0926004 Kilfree see Killaraght not available Kilglass 1825-1880 LC, NLI, SHGS 1279204 Killadoon – Geevahg 1851-1880 0989742 Killaraght (Gurteen) 1840-1880 1844-1908 LC, NLI, SHGS 092610 1279230 Killaspugbrone See St. John’s St. Mary,Coolera 1858-1880 0989736 Killerry see Killanummery, Co. Leitrim 1828-1883 1279223 Killoran 1846; Riverstown 1803-1881 LC, NLI, SHGS 0989737 Kilmacallan 1803-1880 LC, NLI, SHGS 0989737 Kilmacowen Sligo, See St. John’s St. Mary,Coolera 1858-1880 not available 0989736 Kilmacshalgan 1868; Dromore-West 1868-1979 LC, NLI, SHGS 1279204 Kilmacteige also (Tourlestrane) 1845-1880 1845-1910 LC, NLI, SHGS 0926015 1279231 Kilmactranny 1851-1880 LC, NLI, SHGS 0989742 Kilmoremoy see Kilmoremoy, Co. Mayo 1823-1879 1279204 Kilmorgan see Emlaghfad not available Kilross see Kilmacallan not available Kilshalvy see Kilturara, Co. Mayo 1842-1933 0926018 Kilturra See Co. Mayo not available Kilvarnet see Ballysadare not available Rossinver see Rossinver Co. Leitrim not available St. John’s 1858; Sligo,St. Mary,Coolera 1858-1880 LC, NLI, SHGS0989736 Shancough Geevahgh, see Kilmactranny not available Skreen 1848-1892 LC, NLI, SHGS 0989742 Tawnagh Riverstown, see Kilmacallan not available Templeboy 1815-1880 LC, NLI, SHGS 1279204 Toomour part Drumrat, part Toomore, Co. Mayo Toomore(Foxford) 1833-1880 1870-1900 926022 1279231
http://www.irishnewsarchive.com/Repository/ml.asp?Ref=SVBSLzE5MzYvMDIvMjcjQXIwMDYyMQ%3D%3D&Mode=Gif&Locale=english-skin-custom ——————————————————————— FHS Library Catalog – Only lists books available, not useful for online searching (use FHL Family Search for that see below link for Family Search Link) https://familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=6717&subject_disp=Ireland%2C+Sligo&columns=*,0,0 http://maps.thefullwiki.org/Gaelic_Ireland http://www.genealogy-quest.com/pensions/ ——————— Information about “Irish Roots” or Sligo Genealogical Society : It is NOT recommended anyone use their services, as noted above, they will use the exact same resources listed here that you can use for free, but they will try, or will, charge you. Why someone would pay for something that is available for free, I do not know. The reason for this post is they have missed persons ancestors in the past, are not through, and the issue of being set up primarily to capitalize on “tourist dollars” as opposed to doing a good job and offering value for money! If this changes and they get things together We will be the first to recommend them, but given our Ten (10)+ years experience researching Our Ancestors in Sligo — which includes many Cousins living there — We just cannot recommend them ! http://www.sligoroots.com/
The Below Link is From Co. Mayo (but generally applicable to most of the Northwest Ireland).http://www.maggieblanck.com/Mayopages/Customs.html
Co. Sligo Registration Districts 1864-1888:
Sligo: 1 Sligo, 2 Dromore West, 3 Ballina, 4 Tobercurry, 5 Boyle
Co. Sligo Registration Districts 1864-1888:
Sligo: 1 Sligo, 2 Dromore West, 3 Ballina, 4 Tobercurry, 5 Boyle
The Below Link is From Co. Mayo (but generally applicable to most of the Northwest Ireland). http://www.maggieblanck.com/Mayopages/Customs.html
OK, onto the next page you need to go it’s title is
Free Ireland Research Sources — UPDATES and DNA:
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South Sligo area links
KILMACTEIGE or KILMACTIGUE PARISH:– Ox Mountains area, by Land Description, are described as: http://www.gsi.ie
The “South Sligo” area includes the Village of Aclare, Townlands of Lislea, Knockbrack, Claddagh, Tourlestrane, Banada, (and many more, see townland page) – Many of the records in full here are from these areas collected in more than a decade of researching Families from the area. We add records regularly. SOUTH SLIGO AREA INCLUDES OF KILMACTEIGE area .
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Kilmacteige Parish Records
(County Sligo, Ireland)
FREE Ireland Research sources —
UPDATE Sept 30, 2014 — We have uploaded image of Kilmacteige Parish Baptism 1845-1880, Marriages 1845-1881, on FHL File 092613. It at this time is in IMAGE format (.jpeg mostly), meaning the information in text on the Image or Picture of the Ledger Pages. We hope to have Google’s Servers to “pull” the information from to images of the text, translating it to plain text files. This is a work in process as taking text from images is difficult and usually needs Human viewing.
YOU Can Research your Irish Ancestors using the same information as Professional Geneologists, and do so for free as this site is free and hosts the actual files —
This is an Ongoing and frequently updated list of free research sources on Ireland’s People, concentrating on the South Sligo area around the Townland(s) of Kilmacteige, Civil and Church Parishes of Kilmactigue — and hosting as many Records as possible (as our Ancestors’ information are contained in those records providing a snap-shot in time of their Life Events (Birth/Baptism, Marriage, Deaths)
We thus use these pieces of information from Documents to create a snap-shot in time of our Ancestors in Ireland, to weave a picture of Ancestor’s over time !
This can paint a Portrait of past Generations in Sligeach from Ancient times to Present time.
MAKE SURE YOU, RIGHT NOW, **KEEP TRACK OF YOUR WORK AND BACK IT UP REGULARLY (and back-up your computer regularly for that matter)** – DO THIS ON A PORTABLE HARD DRIVE, COMPUTER BACK-UP SOFTWARE (Carbonite), OR THUMB-DRIVE IN THE 64GB RANGE, and you could simply keep track of your work by WRITING ON PAPER, LISTING WHO, WHAT RECORDS, AND WHERE YOU SEARCHED ! (BUT THIS DOES NOT BACKUP YOUR RECORDS which is very, very important. Keep backups at different physical locations (childrens house in case of catastrophic loss like a fire) – We cannot urge this enough as many loose everything from years of work every week (don’t be one of these people-backup your data regularly).
As the Irish Gov. Genealogy Website states :
ONE RULE TO BIND THEM ALL:
As far as research is concerned, the only cast-iron rule is that you start from what you know and use it to find out more — think of yourself as a detective, taking each item of information as potential evidence and using it to track down more information that in turn becomes evidence for further research.
BEFORE YOU GO NEAR A RECORD:
Talk to your family. It makes no sense to spend days trawling through databases to find out your great-grandmother’s surname if someone in the family already knows it. So first, talk to parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents etc., and find out what they know. Most families have at least one individual who keeps track of the extended network of relatives, and if you can trace her (it usually is a woman), you’re off to a good start.
SURNAMES AND NAMING:
You can’t place any importance on the precise spelling of any of the surnames you’re dealing with. Although the spelling matters to us now, before the 20th century extraordinary variations regularly occur in different records – illiteracy was widespread and large numbers spoke Irish as their native language. Most people simply had more important things on their minds than how their name might be spelt in a record in a foreign language. Having enough to eat, for example.
Dates of Birth between the 1901 Irish Census, and the 1911 Irish Census (a period of ten years) are notoriously wrong.
Between 1901 and 1911 some people only aged a Year! The Census forms in many areas were completed by or collected by the RIC (Royal Irish Constabulary, essentially Hired Police but of different mores and ideas of the value of the indigenous Irish Peoples). The RIC in many areas did the Census Forms and Information gathering. The RIC was “the Government.” The RIC were not a protecting force to most Farmers (to say the least) and the ‘regular’ people generally resented them and their “law enforcement” tactics – some information given to them in these areas was intentionally misrepresented (or simply not given)-
How you would answer questions if the person asking them had really harassed you in the last years, or so….?
————http://www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/irish-genealogical-research-getting-started/how-to-start-your-family-history/Education/Sites+Walks+Field+Trips/Walks+in+the+Ox+Mountains.htm Go to another page (below) here: http://www.failteromhat.com/lo1876/sligo.pdf and here:
Irish Ancestry research is not that difficult because of the limited records available. It is the same source records no matter if you or an expert is researching Ancestors (with some exceptions).
So, without more, lets get going!
The area mainly covered here:
Search Source additions going live July 3, 2014 — ENHANCED RECORDS IRISH GOV. SOURCE RECORDS !
Northern Ireland Library:
And, One can lookup the surname/area in IRISH PHONE BOOK:
Ireland is normally Five (5) HOURS ahead of the USA E.S.T.,
— IRISH RESEARCH STEPS AND SOURCE RECORDS —
THE KEYS TO IRISH ANCESTRY RESEARCH: are Surname and Townland, as well as the County of Residence (or Birth, or Marriage, or Death).
Finally,This is a marathon — NOT a sprint –– so take your time, do it right and verify everything your research !
Enough said- lets get to work with the Source Records
Data: Best (top) working to Better (bottom):