FREE Irish Ancestry Research Sources-Overview-Part 1

FREE Irish Ancestry Research Sources-Overview.

Part 1: Search Your Irish Ancestors correctly, and accurately – and most importantly – quickly and very inexpensively (as free is usually best) !




HERE You can now research Irish Ancestors FREE pretty much back to the 1840s with just free records — it takes skill (as all Ancestry research does) but it does not require Annual costs on sites like


Some Basics:

WE SUGGEST YOU SUBSCRIBE TO ANCESTRY.COM ON A MONTHLY BASIS ONLY (and cancel after one month of determined searching). You can always add another Month if you need to later.
In Our Humble Opinion, it is a waste of money to keep an Annual subscription to (like they want you to). You should download and store your research from, to your computer (as the citations to the records when doing research is the key to it all — it is not something to ignore or forget once you do it — keep detailed records of where you find records which you are relying on to prove descent from your Ancestors). If you do not save your Work, it is essentially an opinion – not a fact — you descend from so-and-so. So keep your work on your Home computer, with a couple backups (just in case).
If another researcher cannot check your work – quickly – it is essentially worthless.  YOUR Family Tree, to be valid,  MUST include your detailed Citations of where each record you found information is located. The location, or Citation, of records is THE critical part (as otherwise if someone wants to check your work they have to spend all the time you did doing it — save them the trouble and keep detailed records). THIS IS HOW PROFESSIONALS DO IT. And, all this should be stored  on YOUR computer. Do not leave it on Ancestry’s system. Would you leave your Deeds and Titles on someone else’s House? No. It is simple as that. Download the records to YOUR computer and thus store them for free on your own computer!!
We usually pay for One (1) month Worldwide access on, one time a year, and then search every day for that Month. When We find something, We download it and/or printing it out. Everything that matters should be on your own computer, not theirs.
Then for the remaining 11 months  of the Year, We chase down the information/data We found, trying Our Best to use the FREE sites that are available (like the Irish Census 1901/1911, Griffiths Valuations, and the Tithe Defaulters) – on this site, or
Paying to store records is costly (you should have on your own home computer) and seems to be a waste of funds ! If you can toss around money, spend it ordering Certs of your Ancestors, as that is the ONLY way to confirm they are in fact related to your line!


AncestryDNA issues — avoid them and use another DNA test !!
ANCESTRY _DNA_WARNING: We suggest you read the terms and conditions of AncestryDNA, (not and if you do so you will understand why WE DO NOT USE AncestryDNA nor let anyone We know use their DNA testing (as their Terms and Conditions essentially give them “a license” to use of  YOUR DNA forever without any royalties (even if they make a million dollars off it you get nothing). All Testing Companies do a variation on this — but none so brazenly as AncestryDNA)! IT IS SIMPLY NOT WORTH THE RISK as your giving them something (your DNA) for nothing. In  the real world, would you give someone your most prized information for nothing? Would you give someone USE of your House, forever, for no compensation? NO ! So do not let AncestryDNA “license” your DNA forever.

Explanation — this is IMPORTANT STUFF !

– When you submit your or anyone’s DNA to AncestryDNA, their T&C (READ the Terms and Conditions) grant them to essentially “take over” the DNA you submitted, forever! DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS! Go elsewhere. If you do not believe Us, We suggest you Google a term like “AncestryDNA perpetual, royalty free license” – or see the below Article which lays it out pretty cleanly, and provides the proof their T&C are onerous. These types of terms, if why WE ALL SHOULD BE READING THOSE T&C – as some can grant them extrodinary powers of your DNA – as other DNA testing companies do not have similar T&C it is as simple as using another, more ethical company to test DNA:

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THE IRISH STATE RECORDS and IRISH ROMAN CATHOLIC (AND PROTESTANT) CHURCH RECORDS WERE THE “OFFICIAL” RECORDS FOR MUCH OF HISTORY — THEY ARE FREE and ONLINE  but they are not Indexed at this time (5/2017). If your Ancestors are from North West Ireland – Sligo, Mayo, and surrounding Counties, You can find records, or links, here for free!

Our main concentration is on  Sligo ‘s (41) Civil Parish and  Roman Catholic Church Parishes – generally centered around Kilmactigue (Kilmacteige)- South Sligo, Ireland .

The area is quite Large in Land area – essentially from Ballina, Mayo  to Foxford, Mayo – to Curry, and Tubbercurry, Sligo. Kilmactigue is but a small part of this land area which has been occupied from Ancient times — the Sligo-Mayo Border crosses this area. All are within Connacht  Kilmactigue.
Our interests essentially is the Area next to Aclare, Sligo, Ireland. It is a Wonderful part of the “Auld Sod” and hosted here are as many records from, in, and about this Area of NW Ireland, that We can and have found – and all FREE for Personal, Non-commercial, personal Family research! If you wish to use this site for other than these authorized uses, please contact webmaster at webmaster at kilmacteige dot com.

The Ireland National Archives now has Wills/Administration SEARCH PAGE live:

The Ireland National Archives also has the 1901/1911 Census SEARCH PAGE live:

In the 1800s and well into the 1900s,  Irish Vital Records for Births, Marriages, and Deaths (BMDs) were originally created and maintained by the Roman Catholic Church where each Parish Priest was responsible for creating and maintaining these “vital records” — our Ancestors would have had to go to them to register their Births, and to perform Marriages. The Parish Priest of the area would also have been notified of a Death (or impending Death) and would have or should have completed admnistrative entries into the “Journals” for each of these events. So, the “Irish Roman Catholic Church Registers” are one of the other “main sources” of records for anyone searching Irish Ancestors. Generally, one Journal was kept for Births, another Journal for Marriages, and the third list or Journal for Deaths – (collectively known to researcher’s as BMDs), but this depend on the area, as a small unpopulated farming community my only have had one Journal divided into three sections:

These Catholic Parish Registers are more granular (detailed as they were and are at the local level) are now online at the National Library Ireland by Dioceses (and has a map to help you find the Diocese or Parish if you do not know the Name, or which one) :

These three (3) above noted Searche sources should be the base of any search for Irish Ancestors. In Ireland, We unfortunately have, due to the Battle of Dublin and the Four Courts Fire during the Irish Civil War, from 28 June to 5 July 1922 that marked the beginning  and on 30 June, 1922, the Four Court burnt with priceless State Records – so the less resources We have today then We would like – but the 1901/1911 Census were elsewhere at the time.  We refer back to these three source records constantly, and over 25+ years of Research – so do not discount their usefulness. Their are older Census – but do not list individuals or surnames, just numbers of communities – the 1901 and 1911 Census are the only remaining full, detailed Census in Ireland.
If your Ancestors was passed before 1901 Census Date ( 31st March 1901) then try searching for any same Surnames, or Siblings, or Children, or Cousins. Records before “Irish Potato Famine” – 1845-1850, are fewer and farther between, but some do exist. Newspapers also might note relatives. We have searched, tracked down, and found, many in the last two decades, and if you come across some please let us know so We all can benefit.


Land in Ireland – One of the more successful ways to track Ancestors in Ireland is through Land Deeds. We previously contracted the Irish Land Registry in times past, as it is surely one of the alternative ways


Irish Land Deeds

If you wish to help transcribe the Ireland Land Deeds, contact the Registry of Deeds Index Project Ireland – they surely can use help as an Index of Deeds is probably one of the newest resources available to Irish Researchers !


Kilmactigue / Kilmacteige

Townland and the Townland Markers:

For Kilmactigue (Kilmacteige) Parish We host as many records of this area in South Sligo as We can find We have sought them out from all over,  London, to Dublin, to Sligo Town, to America — wherever they might be We have looked and still find hidden Gems every so often!

Below is the Townland Marker for Kilmactigue, Sligo, Ireland:


Below is a wider photo of the Kilmactigue Townland Marker in the Wall of Holy Rosary Church, Kilmactigue, Sligo, Ireland.


And even Wider Photo showing Holy Rosary Church,  Kilmactigue, Sligo, Ireland !


Many Records (except the State and Church) for the area are here, broken into topics BMD -other records are still in private hands and have been for many decades, which presents issues of obtaining them , making copies, and obtaining any permissions needed to display them (such as Copyright).  One of the then (1850) Largest LandOwners is the (land rental) Records of Sir Robert Gore-Booth, 4th Baronet (and later the 5th). We are looking for these presently.


To the NW of Kilmactigue Parish,  is Oughaval Townland, Co. Sligo

Townlands is the smallest Administrative Units in Ireland and the most common “name” you are going to hear for an Ancestor’s and where the lived or the place they worked, lived, farmed.





The new Ireland,

site is our a new Map site–it is the  Official “go-to Map application” for Us, for ALL of Ireland — no matter what We are looking for – Castles, check, High Cross-check. Ancestors Land -check (make sure you know your coordinates). Address We want to stand in front of and look-check. It seems to have it all. PLEASE have your fastest connection for this, and We also suggest you keep other tabs, sites, and

If you not there on the “auld Sod” this Mapping App IS the very best, next best thing. It is a good map, but the major power is it is  combined with different “database layers” of various thins you can add. And, you can quite literally add anything that has been done mapping wise in the past 100 years !

You can look at old ruins of you Ancestors on these maps (We DO suggest you have the fastest internet connection possible, as it has to download these layers. The next best thing is to give it some time to do so — don’t expect instant results and give the layers a bit to download – and even street view works — so it is as if your standing right there in front of a place, zoom to Satellite view from the top, then back down to Street-view again — quite amazing Tech (or “kit’ as the Ancestors would have called it possibly) !!
partly,  in the the Church (Dioceses) Records. So the Dioceses of Elphin and Achonry are covered, but also some of  Killala and Tuam.
For the purposes of Civil Jurisdiction , it is divided into the baronies of:
(1) Burrishoole, (2) Carra, (3) Clanmorris, (4) Costello, (5) Erris, (6) Gallon, (7) Kilmain, (8) Murrisk, (9) Tyrawley.


DISCLAIMER: It also must be noted, (as with any project), errors can creep into the process, so please check the source if you find something that interests you as We warranty nothing and cannot (even though We try our best) assure that anything herein is accurate as We depend on records made long ago!

We also host the Records of Families / Residents / Occupiers (as they called them back then) of the South Sligo and Eastern Mayo — this includes the Ancient  Baronies of Gallen (Sligo and Mayo),
Luigne (Luighne),  


Gailenga ,
and “Lieney” (now Leyny, Sligo) ,
Tirawley (Mayo),
Tireragh (Sligo).
The Anchrony and Elphin Dioceses , and along with a multitude of Townlands,  Place-names, DEDs, Sub-Townlands and many other areas of Land. And, over the Centuries many things changed, such as the Names of a place. And, the most concerning is the Spelling.
SPELLING has always been an unique issue when doing Irish research as We have the Irish-to-Anglo and how they were entered into Records. This is especially problematic for Researchers as miss one letter you could miss an entire AREA.
And, many Borders also changed over time (such as Sligo/Mayo border in 1898). So check that where you think the area was called in the past  is called the same later (We doubt it as even small spelling changes happened).
 We try to reference, and cross-reference the old with the new- but, as always double check yourself as We can, and make no, assurances !


DNA testing:

This is a big issue now days.

The mash of DNA testing and traditional Ancestry/Genealogy research is something we have been doing for many years and they do not always mesh together.

DNA is as accurate as possible as it is the key to Life. A cookbook on How We are all assembled. It shows the Truth (as opposed to records sometimes People, or Ancestors wanted to omit) so first off the DNA does not lie. We see posts (on other sites) asking how it could be this or that — sure, mistakes happen once in a blue moon — but done properly, DNA results are irrefutable.

It is important to realize that traditional Ancestry Research, and DNA Ancestry research are two different things -two different “baskets” on said. And, they are usually are not interchangeable given affairs, adoptions, NPEs, and intentionally concealed (or no) traditional BMD records. DNA results do not lie, feel shame, or any of the other things We frail Human Beings do — so, if you compare a Traditional Ancestry  over the last 200 years, with a DNA things probably would not match up (as the DNA would expose everything that was concealed or never entered into the traditional man made records) –as many “events” were concealed, swept under the rug, or otherwise “hidden from sight.” So, all We are trying to say is BE PREPARED when doing DNA testing –it will show that which was not wanted to see the light of day!  NPE’s (Non-Paternal Events) would probably be the most common (but finding you have a relation that you never knew about is always a good thing)!

Unless your line is like the “Royal Family of England” (that has meticulously documented  Ancestry down through the Centuries), and is (allegedly) well recorded — BUT they also were known to have children out of wedlock, which back then was a big “no no” and they could, as they controlled these BMD records,- do what they wanted!

When We “commoners” (as they called “everyday Folk”) do DNA testing, it lays bare that which people, even recently,  tried to Hide or conceal, again, such as NPEs. DNA testing, done properly, does not lie. On the other hand, finding new Relatives is a good thing!

Men have yDNA.

Women have Mitochondrial,  or mtDNA–

But both (everyone) has Autosomal (atDNA) —

So if your starting DNA testing use autosomal (atDNA) at first (as it is the best first option for finding lost Family connections in the past 7-10 Generations. It is exciting if branches of Family, that were lost in the past, are reunited !

atDNA testing is the best suited for finding recent Ancestors from present roughly back 100 years. Most people (unless they had someone who liked Genealogy in their past Family and left cited records) don’t know more than their Grand Parents or Great Grand Parents – is common.

As for Irish, the Irish Famine, or Great Hunger(An Gorta Mor) from 1845-1850 (roughly) has left a terrible mark, and worse memories for the Irish Diaspora, down to this very day – mainly because it was man made Famine! So bad,  that even American Indian’s sent “Maize” shipments to Help Ireland ! Think of that the next time you see an American Indian.

So We suggest you work the DNA, and traditional paper Ancestry or Genealogy  somewhat separately until your VERY experienced (as the  complexity of DNA is immense and the learning curve is quite steep. Most people do not have time to learn DNA. Trying to combine them (at first without great experience) can be daunting especially given the above warnings. More information is always better (till the facts change and make that prior assumption wrong). But, as always one must apply critical thinking throughout.




The Families of  the Sligo areas is of Particular interest as  Our Ancestor’s Family hail from these area, generally South Sligo Achonry RC Diocese



Some Historical information (always good to know):

So, Included here (but not limited to) are the records from:(1) Village of Aclare  (Irish: Áth an chláir, meaning “Ford of the plain”) and roughly 50 miles around it in every direction. Formerly, the village of Aclare was originally not part of the same-named Townland, but straddled the border of the adjacent townlands of Lislea and Carns. Later the borders of the Townland were extended to encompass the village. The village is situated on the Inagh (also spelt
The “Eignagh” river, is a tributary of the Moy River (that is West towards Mayo from Aclare, on the Aclare-Swinford Road, and Mayo/Sligo border.
The  Aclare-Swinford Road (Unnamed Road or “Tulleague”), runs roughly East-West from Aclare, Sligo, to Swinford, Mayo. If leaving Aclare heading towards Swinford, Mayo, one passes over the Bridge and turns left, and the following Townlands’ (entrance roads) would pass by:
(2) Claddagh, 
(3) Claddagh,
(4) Stonepark (goes to Knockbrack).

then it continues into Mayo, to Swinford, the next Townland entrances (roughly) being

(5) Carrowleambeg/Carrowliambeg, and eventually crossing the River Moy (nearDrumalooaun, Darhanagh, Co. Mayo)  and continuing to Swinford, Mayo (Townlands not noted here).


—–the other direction leaving Aclare—-

Starting again in Aclare — taking the “High Road” (the opposite way from the above noted direction) from Aclare, going towards Tourlestrane (and then Tubberycurry), one passes through the areas of:
(6) Carns (which is essentially where Aclare is)
(7) Lislea,
(8) Banada,
(9) Tourlestrane.

We attempted to record most of the Ancestral Surnames from the above noted areas (South Sligo and parts of Mayo) and merged them with Ancestries from each noted Townlands into a database. This attempt to “track Ancestral Surnames through time” (as well as current technology can). This work is presently ongoing. Over time, We found that our Ancestors were intertwined with most other local Family Ancestors (through Surnames and inter-Marriage) in the area. The baseline for this is when Cromwell ‘s Act for the Settlement of Ireland 1652, and Petty’s Map of Ireland 1654-1656, which both were Major changes in the NorthWest of Ireland.

 Catholic landowners were banished to Connaught (or some fled abroad). Catholic ownership of land fell from sixty percent to less than ten percent following the Act of Settlement in 1652. Their confiscated lands were surveyed and given as payment to Cromwell’s troops for their services while the common people were obliged to submit to new masters. However most of the new Protestant landowners sold their lands and returned home. After Cromwell’s death in 1658 many of the old proprietors had their lands restored during the reign of Charles II after the monarchy was restored in 1660. However the defeat of the supporters of the Catholic James II by the Protestant King William III of Orange in 1691 meant an Anglo-Irish Protestant class would become dominant while the Catholic Irish were reduced to the status of tenants and landless peasants during the Penal Laws and Protestant Ascendency –
But (and a Big One) most things did not really change with the exception of paying rent for lands they previously owned (and that would burn Us big time) and increases in the “land rents” (land Ownership in Ireland is not like most western Countries: or “fee simple” as Leases for “lives” or even thousands of years).
When Michael Davitt’s began the Land League, with the Irish Free State Gov., the Land was eventually bought out by the various Land Boards, and sold to many “Occupiers” or “Tenants”, so in the end, many later Descendants of Families ended up (through the 1900-1950s and still ongoing) owning the Lands their Ancestors were Occupiers on — not all by any means — but many.
The Surnames We concentrated on are those common to South Sligo Families:  including:
(and  others such as Murphy, and Frody) – and as each successive Generation came : Birth – (B), joined with other Families (wife changes Surname) – Marriage (M),  and passed -Death (D), or  BMDs (the mainstay of Ancestry research for Centuries) the Surname list were established (We had to have a baseline of a few so many one offs were not in the original project: “Kilmactigue Surnames 2007” as We back  then titled it – now ten years later most are connected back over 150 years)! Most Families probably have no idea of such Surname Ancestry! Odd.y, We found most Surnames in the area were essentially static as the time passed.
Many were present in South Sligo when the  Cromwell’s Conquest of Ireland, 1649-1653, (“To Hell or Connaught“) happened. Over the Generations (albeit at different residences/properties/farms/ areas) some patterns emerged (above and beyond known Emigration) and some are well known, such as Irish Naming patterns — We defined each Generation as 35 Years *(given Irish tendency then to Marry later in life).  Some of Records make it possible to track a Families over the Generations, and even movements within Sligo.
Some  records such as phone books, allow Us to compile comparisons of the Surnames  in the Area to this very day! All this is very exciting, and We hope to host these databases here as soon as the details can be worked out.
The “records” here, generally speaking, are from various sources: including Civil Records, Church Records (BMD, and Confirmations), Land Records, Deeds, Wills, and often (before the advent of Computer Networks) Microfilm/Microfiche (LDS or Mormon Church), Official Ireland Census (and census substitutes) of 1901 and 1911 (presently online) and many, many, others, and with increasing computing power, and new testing (such as DNA) many things never thought possible are emerging.



The Irish Census of 1926, WAS approved for early release by (the then) Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan on 9 March 2012. and was tenatively said to be ready in 2017 — however, given the lack of movement since then nobody seems to knows IF the 1926 Ireland Census will be released  before the originally scheduled (2027) release. Most have now resigned to waiting another Ten (10) Years.
The Good News is the many  records are available today in addition to those above – such as Griffith’s Valuation of Tenements, Hearth Money Rolls, ect..  We then have multitudes of other small, private records (such as Rent record, and/or Leases), and other Tax or “Cess” Records. The former are mostly all still in Private Hands (Ownership), but some of the latter are in Public Hands (Ownership)  waiting to be released.
In South Sligo, Gore-Booth Owned large areas of  Land in the 1700-1800s. Later, the Irish National Land League, and Michael Davitt helped,during the Land War, to three R’s and abolish landlordism in Ireland and enable tenant farmers to own the land they worked on 26 October 1878 in Co. Mayo, then established in Castlebar, Mayo 1879 – and eventually through the Land Purchase Act, in 1903,  roughly, returned Land “in fee”ownership to the Farmers/Occupants who worked the Land (essentially reversing what was taken centuries earlier).


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.



Pre-1860, f the target of your search (Family, Child, Cousins) is NOT in the 1901/1911 Census, then your initial best going to Land Records, one is done by one Richard Griffith, a Dublin-born geologist: Griffiths Valuation of Tenements, who with many others, created the Primary Valuation of Ireland between 1847-1863.


It is not a census. It covers who owned what and who rented what, and assessed the value on which each identifiable ‘parcel’ of land and/or property, so they could be taxed appropiately.

Only the head of each household is identified. Family relationships and other personal information were not recorded.

For this reason, few women and no children are included. The very poorest ie those who lived on the verge of vagrancy in makeshift or temporary hovels were also excluded. Their numbers were small.

– See more at:


—– Now on to the main Sections, after Brief Comment:

Kilmactigue Parish


When you think about South Sligo, and Sligo in General, one must note O’ Conor Sligo, (Ó Conchobhair Sligigh ) the Lords of Lower Sligo (the main “ruler” in the  16th Century, roughly).


Records-Newspapers (and other miscellaneous public records):

Records, as well as daily newspapers, are also online at various sites as some of the areas 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 the paper records (many been transcribed or indexed), but the transition from paper records, to viewing  these Paper records has it’s  peculiarities (not to mention the completely missed records), and omissions — computers, like people that input or operate them, do miss things, miss translate, skip, and other issues  *IF EVER IN DOUBT, ALWAYS CHECK THE SOURCEs)!



The Irish History is complex, convoluted,  and spans many “periods” as Ireland has been moved to,  invaded, conquered, and many other actions, since Pre-History. An area being researched for One’s Ancestors’, One should make it their best effort to be somewhat familiar with Local, and Regional, History, as well as the overall Ireland History as it will impact on what Records were created. Generally speaking, unless your Ancestors were “rich”, the chances of pre-Famine records are slim to none — but that should not stop anyone from checking (We are always looking)!!

Some verbatim History is on GenWeb North Mayo History from Poltemy to more recent times (400AD to 1900AD).
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. (March, 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. — GO TO SECTION 2.


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