FREE Irish Ancestry Research Sources- Part 1

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:

Sligo Champion

Sat View (OrdServey) of Aclare and Surrounding area today:,541044,810039,10,0,540894,809212,9,0



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.
RC Church Registers


A map of the Civil Parishes of County Sligo is available at the Irish Times web site, many links being checked and updated.

Sligo Civil Parishes

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[1] Catholic Diocese[1]
Achonry Leyny Tobercurry Clonacool; Achonary and Curry Achonry
Aghanagh Tirerrill Boyle Aghanagh Elphin
Ahamlish Carbury Sligo Ahamlish Elphin
Ballynakill Tirerrill Sligo Sowey, Riverstown Elphin
Ballysadare Leyny Sligo Ballysadare and Kilvarnet Achonry
Ballysadare Tirerrill Sligo
Ballysadare Tirerrill Tobercurry
Ballysumaghan Tirerrill Sligo Sowey, Riverstown Elpin
Calry Carbury Sligo Sligo Elpin
Castlecomer Tireragh Dromore West Castleconor Killala
Castleconor Tireragh Ballina Castleconor Killala
Castleconor Tireragh Dromore West
Cloonoghil Corran Tobercurry Kilshalvey, Kilturra, and Cloonoghill Achonry
Dromard Tireragh Dromore West Skeen and Dromard Killala
Drumcliff Carbury Sligo Drumcliff Elphin
Drumcolumb Tirerrill Boyle Riverstown Elphin
Drumcolumb Tirerrill Sligo
Drumrat Corran Boyle Drumrat Achrony
Easky Tireragh Dromore West Easky; Kilglass Killala
Emlaghfad Corran Boyle Emlefad and Kilmorgan Achrony
Emlaghfad Corran Sligo
Emlaghfad Corran Tobercurry
Kilcolman Coolavin Boyle Castlemore and Kilcolman Achrony
Kilfree Coolavin Boyle Kilfree and Killaraught Achrony
Kilglass Tireragh Dromore West Kilglass Killala
Killadoon Tirerrill Boyle Geevagh Elphin
Killaraght Coolavin Boyle Killfree and Killaraught Achrony
Killaspugbrone Carbury Sligo Sligo Elphin
Killerry Tirerrill Sligo Killenumerry and Ballintogher Ardagh
Killoran Leyny Sligo Killoran Achrony
Killoran Leyny Tobercurry
Kilmacallan Tirerrill Boyle Riverstown Elphin
Kilmacallan Tirerrill Sligo
Kilmacowen Carbury Sligo Sligo Elphin
Kilmacshalgan Tireragh Dromore West Kilmacshalgen Killala
Kilmacteige Leyny Tobercurry Kilmacteige Achrony
Kilmactranny Tirerrill Boyle Geevagh Elphin
Kilmoremoy Tireragh Ballina Killmoremoy Killala
Kilmorgan Corran Sligo Emlefad and Kilmorgan Achrony
Kilross Tirerrill Sligo Sowey Elphin
Kilshalvy Corran Boyle Kilshalvey, Kilturra and Cloonoghill Achrony
Kilshalvy Corran Tobercurry
Kilturra Corran Tobercurry Kilshalvey, Kilturra and Cloonoghill Achrony
Kilvarnet Leyny Tobercurry Balysodare and Kilvarnet Achrony
Rossinver Carbury Sligo Rossinver Kilmore
Shancough Tirerrill Boyle Geevagh Elphin
Skreen Tireragh Dromore West Skreen and Dromard Killala
St. Johns Carbury Sligo Sligo Elphin
Tawnagh Tirerrill Sligo Riverstown Elphin
Templeboy Tireragh Dromore West Templeboy and Kilmacshalgan Killala
Toomour Carran Sligo Drumrat, Toomore Achrony
Coolavin (Cúl ó bhFionn) is a barony in south County Sligo, in the Republic of Ireland.[1] It was created from the ancient túath of An Corán.
“Corran ” corresponds to the ancient túath of Corann.
Leyney (Luíghne) is a barony that corresponds to the ancient túath of Luíghne.[2,]

Irish: Tír Fhíacrach Múaidhe, “Country of the Uí Fhíacrach of the River Moy“, It is now represented by the barony of Tireragh.[1]



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..





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