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Kerry Telephone Number Changes

Telecom Eireann has introduced a new system for phone numbers in Kerry, (and other areas of Ireland). After the 66 area code for Ireland, we now have to insert a new two digit code, then the phone number. Different phone numbers will have different 2 digit numbers to enter.

Example, for the Kerry County Library, Moyderwell, Tralee

Old Tel: 066-21200
New Tel: 066-71-21200

Here are all the new 2 digit number changes for Kerry;

66 + 71 + phone #s that begin with 2, 3, 4, or 8
66 + 91 + phone #s that begin with 5
66 + 94 + phone #s that begin with 7
66 + 97 + phone #s that begin with 6 or 9

(Thanks to Kerry Katefor the information; see: KerryRoutes/Lost Trails!)


Bishop of Kerry Permission and Church Tel #s

Kerry Researchers please note: Roman Catholic Parish Records (writing to the Bishop)

All births, marriages and deaths occurring since 1864 (and Church of Ireland marriages occurring since 1 April 1845) should be on record in the General Register Office, 8-11 Lombard Street East, Dublin 2.

For the period before 1864 PARISH REGISTERS provide the only record of most births, marriages and deaths. Catholic parish registers are normally still held by the local parish priest, but there are microfilms of most of them for the period up to 1880 in the National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. In some cases (Kerry) the written permission of the Bishop must be obtained before the microfilms can be seen. The National Archives has a copy of the National Library's list of the registers.

Written permission of the Bishop In Kerry required if you want to research in the National Library in Dublin what they have on Kerry Catholic Records. You may write, telephone or fax  to this address who will then fax the National Library in Dublin where microfilm of the parishes are held:

Most Rev. William Murphy, D.D., Bishop of Kerry,
Bishop's House, Killarney, Co. Kerry.
Tel. 064 31168 Fax. 064 31364

Note: If you are going to Dublin and wish to research in Kerry, allow enough time for the permission to reach the National Library. Be as specific as possible with the parish or area.

A fellow researcher wrote this: "I received a letter from his Diocesan Secretary, Rev. Gearoid Walsh with permission to look at the microfilm (but only for the specific parishes I listed) at the National Library in Dublin, but not the original records in parishes. The National Library will take the letter from you, so make a copy for your records."

You can make and appointment to visit the local parish priest and ask to view actual records but please remember this is completely at discretion of parish priest. If you do visit please think about leaving a donation in appreciation for his valuable time as the parish priest in Ireland has a heavy load and they are spread very thin.

Diocese of Kerry
Tel 64-71-31168     Fax 64-71-31364


Another Source for Parish Records

Some Kerry Parish Registers are Available at the Maritime History Archive
Compiled from An Index to the Irish Parish Registers
Held in the Maritime History Group Archives :

County Kerry Parishes Registers Available:

Abbeydorney (O'Dorney): Baptisms Oct. 2, 1835-Sept 10, 1844; Feb. 27, 1851-Sept. 6, 1859; Nov. 7,                                                 1880- Dec. 6, 1880
                                       Marriages: Jan 24, 1837-July 20, 1859; Nov. 2, 1859-Nov. 10, 1880.
Annascaul: Baptisms Oct. 2, 1851-Dec. 26, 1880.
Ballynahaglish Baile Nah Eaglaise (Spa) Baptisms Nov. 11, 1866-Dec. 31, 1880
                                                            Marriages: Jan. 27, 1867-Nov. 11, 188 ?
Ballanvohir: Baptisms Apr. 2, 1829-Mar 1834; Mar. 23, 1837-1839.
                        Marriages: May 1, 1829-June 3, 1835; May-Oct. 1837
Ballinacourty: Baptisms Apr. 2, 1829-Mar 1834; Mar. 23, 1837-1839.
                            Marriages: May 1, 1829-June 3, 1835; May-Oct. 1837
Ballyferriter: Baptisms Jan. 8, 1807-June 29, 1828
                           Marriages: Feb. 5, 1808-1828.
Castle Island
Dunurlin: Baptisms Jan. 8, 1807-June 29, 1828
                    Marriages: Feb. 5, 1808-1828.
Dunquin: Baptisms Jan. 8, 1807-June 29, 1828
                  Marriages: Feb. 5, 1808-1828.
Kilgobbin: Baptisms Apr. 2, 1829-Mar 1834; Mar. 23, 1837-1839.
                     Marriages: May 1, 1829-June 3, 1835; May-Oct. 1837
Kilmelchidar (Kilmalkedar):Baptisms Jan. 8, 1807-June 29, 1828
                                                      Marriages: Feb. 5, 1808-1828.
Kilquane: Baptisms Jan. 8, 1807-June 29, 1828
                   Marriages: Feb. 5, 1808-1828.
Lack Townland in Ballinhover parish: Baptisms Apr. 2, 1829-1834; Mar. 23, 1837-1839.
           Marriages: May 1, 1829-June 3, 1835; May-Oct. 1837
Marhin: Baptisms Jan. 8, 1807-June 29, 1828
                Marriages: Feb. 5, 1808-1828.

Maritime History Archive
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NF A1C 5S7
Tel: (709) 737-8428
FAX: (709) 737-3123

The Roman Catholic records are copies of National Library of Ireland microfilms.The Catholic records generally date up to 1880 while the dates of the Church of Ireland records are more variable. Roman Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Kerry are included in the collection. Although permission of the bishop is required to examine the registers in Ireland, such permission is not necessary at the Archive; it has permission to have the records available for public use. The microfilm parish registers are not available on interlibrary loan. Staff members will conduct research for a fee.

To Help you sort out what all the above means; about the parishes and films and dates go here: Maritime Film Holdings explainations.

Genealogy and family history in Newfoundland, Maritime History Archive


Clickhere for some:
Family History Library film numbers for some Kerry Parish Registers

Dingle Church Addresses:
Note: 066 is the telephone counrty code for Ireland

Roman Catholic Church
066 57102  , 066 57103 *

St. Vincent's Catholic Church
Séipéal Naom Uinseann
Ballyferriter, The Village
066 56131,  56111*

Church of Keel
Boolteens, Keel, Castlemaine
Co. Kerry, Ireland

Bothar Buí
Carraig Catholic Church
Priest available in: Ballyferriter

Roman Catholic Church
066 30122*

Roman Cathlic Church
066 39145,  066 39122*
The lady at Castlegregory who takes requests is Ms. Eileen Healy

Roman Catholic Church
066 38130, 066 38122*

St. Mary's Catholic Church
Saturday 8pm, Sunday - 9, 11am and 12:15pm
066 51208, 066 51522*

*After 6pm please ring 066 22022

St. James's Church of Ireland
Main st, Dingle

St. Catherine's Catholic Church

If you didnt find your church above; go here:

Catholic Churches of Kerry


Some Helpful Addresses:


Kerry County Library operates a Library Service within the county of Kerry. This service consists of 9 public Libraries (Ballybuniqon, Cahirciveen, Castleisland, Dingle, Kenmare, Killarney, Killorglin, Listowel, Tralee), a Primary Schools Library Service and a specialist Local Studies/ Archives Department based at Tralee Library.
Reference Section:
This section has a wide selection of encyclopaediae, dictionaries, yearbooks and atlases. All items in this section are for reference on the premises only.
Photocopying facilities are available at 1Op per page.
Note: You may get a better response by phoning rather than writing or emailing.

County Library, Moyderwell, Tralee Tel: 066-71-21200 Fax: 066 -71-29202
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday IO.3O to I p.m closed for lunch, re-open 2p.m. to 5p.m.
Saturday IO.3O a.m to I2.3O, and 2.3O to 5 p.m.
Phone ahead as times change for Summer / Winter hours (tralee library)

Branch Libraries:

  • Ballybunion, Co Kerry Tel: (068) 27615
  • Cahirciveen, Co Kerry Tel:(066)  94 72287
  • Castleisland, Co Kerry Tel: (066) 41485
  • Dingle, Co Kerry Tel: (066) 51499 (on Green Street)
  • Kenmare, Co Kerry Tel: (064) 41416
  • Killarney, Co. Kerry Tel: (064) 32972/32655 (on Rock Road)
  • Killorglin, Co. Kerry Tel: (066) 61272
  • Listowel, Co. Kerry Tel: (068) 23044
  • Músaem Corca Dhuibhne Ballyferriter 066 56333 (Isabel Bennett)

Address to buy Irish stamps for self addressed stamped envelopes:

Irish Stamps
US Collector Accounts
R 2-232, GPO
Dublin 1

Note:They want to add your name to their mailing list so that they can provide you with their own catalog of stamps directly to you home. The quickest, least expensive, and easiest way for you to contact these postal administrations is to send a post card to them, providing your name,address, telephone number, and email address, if you have one. The post card rate for mail to Mexico is 40 cents, to Canada is 45 cents, and to all other countries is 55 cents. Your post card must measure a minimum of 3-1/2 x 5- 1/2 inches and may be no larger than 4x 6 inches

Bank of Ireland, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Convents; 18th Century Religious Orders

A Kerry researcher offered this for information: "I wrote to the Librarian at the Kerry County Library, Moyderwell, Tralee requesting information on religious orders who would have been in existence in the late 19th century. My request, along with my check, was forwarded to:
Ms. Marie Ó Sullivan, MA Researcher
Killarney Genealogical Centre
Cathedral Walk, Killarney.
Ms. Ó Sullivan did respond quickly with the following information some of which may be helpful to other Kerry families.

There were three orders of Nuns with convents in Kerry, The Presentation Sisters, the Mercy Sisters and the Loreto Sisters. Ms. Ó Sullivan contacted all three groups.

The Presentation Sisters* said that you would have to contact each Convent separately. They have convents at Castleisland, Tralee, Killarney, Listowel, Dingle, Milltown and Caherciveen.

*Suggested mailing address(street address not necessary):
The Presentation Sisters Covent
(include appropriate townland here)
Co Kerry, Ireland

To contact the Mercy Sisters address any request to:
Ms. Marian Cosgrave
The Mercy International Centre
64A Lower Baggot St.
Dublin 2, Ireland
tel:353 661 8061
fax: 353 670 5486

The Loreto Archive is accessed by contacting :
Sister Mary Blake, Archivist
Loreto Abbey, Rathfarnam
Dublin, Ireland

Killarney Genealogy Centre, Cathedral Walk, Killarney, Ireland (service temp suspended)

Registrar General, Southern Health Board, Killarney, Ireland

Archeological Tours:

Celtic Nature Tours, Cliddaun 066-59882
Comhlacht Bhréanainn, Cloghane 066-38277
Hidden Ireland Tours, Dingle 066-51868
Sciúrd Archeologoical Tours 066-51937
Heritage Centre - The Blasket Centre 066-56444
Feileastram Teo. - 066 56212, r-phost

Archaeologist: Isabel Bennett, Ventry 066-59012

Diocese of Kerry
Tel 64-71-31168     Fax 64-71-31364

Local Journals and Associations:

Kenmare Literary and Historical Society Journal, Cahir, Kenmare, Co Kerry

Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society Journal (annual)
Mrs. K. Browne, Hon. Secretary, County Library, Moyderwell, Tralee, Co. Kerry

Knocknagoshel, Then and Now (annual)
Mr. L. Keane, Bunavalla, Knocknagoshel, Co. Kerry

Sliabh Luachra: Journal of Cumann Luachra
Church View, Gneeveguille, Rathmore, Co. Kerry

Kerry Genealogical Society
119 120 Rock St, Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland  066-21200

Finuge Heritage Society: Teach Siamsa, Finuge House,  Lixnaw, Co. Kerry
Tel: (068) 40243 Has an index of parish registers and gravestones for Listowel and Lixnaw.
(during summer season)

Kerry Diocesan Genealogical Center
c/o Fr Ciaran O'Shea, Castleisland, Co Kerry  Tel: (066) 41598

Irish Family History Society
P.O. Box 36, Naas, Co Kildare, Ireland

Irish Genealogical Society Int'l
P.O. Box 16585  St. Paul, MN 55116

Census Substitutes & FHS/LDS Films

As a kind of substitute for the lost census records for 1800s Ireland, genealogists are dependant on the following records (remember, were made for other reasons than genealogy;Tax Valuation and Church Tithes) which will not list all family members but maybe able to help you locate heads of households by surname in townlands and parishes:

For the 1800's there are 3 sets of records which cover the whole of the Island of Ireland: Griffith's Valuations, the Tithe Applotments, and the Householder's Index which indexes the two. All of which are rentable from the *LDS- *FHCs

(1) 1845 - 1864 Griffiths Valuations was a taxation program. The first or Primary Valuation began in 1845 in the extreme southern Irish counties where they mapped the land and registered not only the property owner, but the property occupier as well. It was from this Valuation that early Ordnance Survey Maps were created (or visa versa) It ended in the north in 1864.

Click here for explanation on : How to use the Griffiths


Griffith's Primary Valuation- Years by County

Years by county when the Griffith's Primary Valuation was taken (subsequent valuations were done until the early 1900s which are also on the same microfilm if you rent them from the FHCs..Film numbers Link below):

Antrim- 1861-62
Armagh- 1864
Carlow- 1852-53
Cavan- 1856-57
Clare- 1855
Cork- 1851-53
Derry- 1858-59
Donegal- 1857
Down- 1863-64
Dublin- 1848-51
Dublin City- 1851
Fermanagh- 1862
Galway- 1855
Kerry- 1852
Kildare- 1851
Kilkenny- 1849-50
Laois- 1858-60 ( see Queen's Co.)
Leitrim- 1856
Limerick- 1851-52
Longford- 1854
Louth- 1854
Mayo- 1856-57
Meath- 1855
Monaghan- 1858-60
Offaly- 1864 ( see King's Co.)
Roscomon- 1857-58
Sligo- 1858
Tipperary- 1851
Tyrone- 1860
Waetrford- 1848-51
Westmeath- 1854
Wexford- 1853
Wicklow- 1852-53

Click here for: Griffiths Valuation FHC Film Numbers for County Kerry

From 1825 to 1845 or so the Tithe Applotments were taken.This was a tithe due to the government mandated Church of Ireland from property occupiers to take care of the clergy (poor or not).


List of Years by County for when the Tithe Applotment Survey was done:

Antrim 1824-34
Armagh 1825-35
Carlow 1821-37
Cavan 1823-27
Clare 1814-43
Cork 1823-37
Derry 1823-28
Donegal 1825-36
Down 1823-37
Dublin 1823-37
Fermanagh 1823-37
Galway 1824-44
Kerry 1823-37
Kildare 1823-37
Kilkenny 1823-38
Laois (Queens) 1823-38
Leitrim 1823-38
Limerick 1823-38
Longford 1823-38
Louth 1823-38
Mayo 1823-38
Meath 1823-38
Monaghan 1823-38
Offaly (King's) 1823-38
Roscommon 1823-38
Sligo 1823-37
Tipperary 1823-38
Tyrone 1823-38
Waterford 1823-38
Westmeath 1823-34
Wexford 1823-38
Wicklow 1824-37


The Householders Index

2) Combines both Griffith's Valuations and the Tithe Applotments in an index by surname only. Especially helpful for those WHO DO NOT HAVE A COMMON SURNAME... Or if you have a county but dont know a parish.... or know a parish but not the townland. Remember family members not listed, just heads of households.

Griffiths will show up as G2 meaning there are 2 entries for the surname in Griffiths. If there were 15 entries in Griffith , the listing would show G15.

Whether there is one entree records won't give you much in the way of family information but it is a way to place the location of your surname all over Ireland. If the Tithe is available for that parish it will have a T but will not indicate how many by that surname as in G2 or G15.

The Householders Index with their LDS film numbers:

Antrim Armagh, Carlow, Cavan LDS film # 0919001;
Clare, Cork, Londonderry LDS film # 0919002;
Donegal, Down Dublin LDS Film # 0919003;
Fermanagh, Galway Kerry, Kildare, Kilkeny LDS film # 0919004;
Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath LDS film # 0919005;
Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary LDS film # 09119006;
Tyrone, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow LDS film # 0919007)


LDS- FHC Parish Maps including townlands within them; fiche numbers:

TITLE: Irish townland maps. MAPS scales vary.
It is the intention of this series to show, on a county basis, all townlands within their respective civil parishes. To 1898, the civil parish was the major administrative division. The two great surveys of the 19th century - the tithe assessment and the Griffiths valuation - were compiled on this basis with householders listed by their townland address. Use the index at the beginning of each county to identify the parish you need. Beside each map is a list of each parish's constituent townlands.

Antrim County (2 fiches) --------------------------------- 6342438
Armagh County (1 fiche) --------------------------------- 6342439
Cavan County (2 fiches) --------------------------------- 6342440
Clare County (3 fiches) ---------------------------------- 6342452
Cork County, East (4 fiches) --------------------------- 6343060
Cork County, Middle (4 fiches) ------------------------ 6343061
Cork County, West (2 fiches) -------------------------- 6343062
Donegal County (2 fiches) ------------------------------ 6342441
Down County (2 fiches) ---------------------------------- 6342442
Fermanagh County (1 fiche) ---------------------------- 6342443
Galway County (5 fiches) -------------------------------- 6342447
Kerry County (4 fiches) ----------------------------------- 6343063
Kildare County (4 fiches) -------------------------------- 6343064
Leitrim County (1 fiche) ---------------------------------- 6342448
Limerick County (5 fiches) ------------------------------ 6343065
Louth County (3 fiches) ---------------------------------- 6343066
Londonderry County (2 fiches) ------------------------ 6342444
Mayo County (3 fiches) ---------------------------------- 6342449
Meath County (6 fiches) --------------------------------- 6343067
Monaghan County (1 fiche) ----------------------------- 6342445
Roscommon County (3 fiches) ------------------------- 6342450
Sligo County (2 fiches) ----------------------------------- 6342451
Tipperary County, North (3 fiches) -------------------- 6343068
Tipperary County, South (5 fiches) ------------------- 6343069
Tyrone County (2 fiches) -------------------------------- 6342446
Waterford County (3 fiches) ---------------------------- 6342453
Wicklow County (3 fiches) ------------------------------ 6343070

*FHC = Family History Center free and open to the public.Check your phone book under Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (*LDS) ask about their nearest Family History Center. They are staffed with volunteers waiting to help you out... they have computerized data of vital records, other peoples posted genealogies and a catalogue with all their holdings listed. You can order films there that might not be at your local library... like census records.

***Ask for their: Research Guide for the Ireland!!***

Look for Griffiths and Tithes in the: FHC Catalog locality listing... Ireland; land and property.


The Tithe Defaulters Ireland - 1831

The Tithe Defaulters Ireland - 1831, by Stephen McCormac, lists of 1831 are application forms from Church of Ireland clergy whose tithe income was withheld when farmers failed to pay their tithes. 29,000 names, with addresses and occupations, on 15 fiiche.

Available in Australia
Data Tree Publishing,
Suite 393, 45 Glenferrie Road, Malvern, Vic 3144 Australia

Available in U.SA.
The Irish At Home and Abroad

Andrew J. Morris,
P.O. Box 535, Farmington, MI 48332 USA

Available in New Zealand from:
Beehive Books, Your One-Stop-Genealogy Shop!
P O Box 25-025, Auckland 5, NZ
Ph/Fx 64 9 521 1518


  1911 Census, County Kerry FHC Film

CONTENTS To find the film containing your townland, use the index to townlands in enumeration districts. Enumeration districts are listed in numerical order, not alphabetical order, so you must scan through the pages to find the townland you want. Townlands are listed in alphabetical order under each district. To the left of each townland name is its census number; at the top of the page is the enumeration district number.


Townland index, districts 1-174 ----------------------------- 1952212 item 3

THIS RECORD FOUND UNDER 1. Ireland, Kerry - Census - Indexes - 1911


Maura's Helpful Hints:

Thanks to Maura ( ) for all her wonderful help and for providing this information!:

To locate a birth marriage or death from the time of civil registration in Ireland use the following guide at your local FHC use these numbers to find the films in the CD catalog

Birth records 1864 - 1955
begin with 0101041
*index and books to 1955

Marriage records 1864 - 1870
begin with 0101241
*books only to 1870

Deaths 1864-1921
begin with 0101582
*books only to 1870

what this means is if you find the vol and page # for a year which there is a _filmed_ book for, you can order that film from the FHC and search the book yourself.

If you find something for which there is no filmed book, you can write to the GRO in Dublin, give them the vol and page #, enclose the equivalent of L1.5 Irish (about $2.30 US) and they will send you a photocopy of just that entry -- takes about a month. I usually get about 10 that I want and send for them at the same time.... with common names you won't know if they are yours or not til you see the record, but I found my gr/gr/grandfather's death that way and it's not hard to do. This is just for photocopies, actual certificates cost more, and take longer, but I wouldn't order those unless you are SURE the person is yours and you need it for some reason, for plain genealogy research a photocopy is all you need.

General Register Office
8-11 Lombard Street East
Dublin 2

Maura' Helpful Hints for Successful Searching: **** Great Site!

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Civil Registration

Births, marriages and deaths since 1864 and Church of Ireland marriages since 1 April 1845 till 1922 should are available at the:

General Register Office
8-11 Lombard Street East
Dublin 2, Ireland

The LDS Genealogical Society has microfilm copies of the following Civl Registration records:

Area Record Indexes Certificates
All of Ireland B 1864-1921 1864-Mar 1881,1900-1913
M 1845-1921 1845-1870
D 1864-1921 1864-1870
Republic of Ireland B 1922-1958 1930-1955
M 1922-1958 none
D 1922-1958 none


Want to know how to write a good Query?

Again thanks to Maura for showing us the right way to post a query. After you visit her help page post your query to the Ire-Kerry mailing list and the Kerry Query boards, which can be reached from the Dingle index page.
How to Write a Sucessful Query


About LDS Research Outlines

A great tool available to genealogists is a collection of research and resource outlines from the LDS Family History Library (FHL). (

These topics are in the same format as the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC), which helps when trying to find the source of a reference in the outline!

1. Find out about a source in the research outline.
2. Use the FHLC in either microfiche or CD-ROM format at the LDS Family History Library, to find a book, microfilm or microfiche of records.You can at a local FHC order for rent most FHL microfilm and microfiche to the local center.
3. Order the microfilm, microfiche. Books are not circulated.
4. You can copy the family information from the microfilm, microfiche.

Here are some titles of outlines: United States Research Outline, Individual state research outlines,US Military Records Research Outline, Individual States Research Outlines,Using the FHLC Instructional Guide, Guide to Research Instructional Guide, Tracing Immigrant Origins Guide . You can find research outlines for Canada (and individual provinces), England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, France, other major countries .

And these resource guides are free!: Using Ancestral File,Contributing to Ancestral File, Correcting Ancestral File, FHL Catalog on Compact Disc, FHL Catalog on Microfiche, How to Fill Out a Family Group Record, Where Do I Start?, IGI Compact Disc User's Guide, IGI on Microfiche, Finding an IGI Source, Military Index, Social Security Death Index, Parish and Vital Records List, PAF (Personal Ancestral File) Brochure, AIS Census Indexes Resource Guide

A CD-ROM including available research and resource outlines called The Family History Source Guide is for sale.The pricd has been reduced from $20 to $10. You can use this to search by a word or phrase every research outline.


Irish Citizenship

For Irish Citizenship you need a proper certified copy of the birth from the Irish Civil Records. Write to:

General Register Office
Joyce House
8-11 Lombard Street East
Dublin 2

Tell them all the birth date, place, and parents and that you need a CERTIFIED copy in order to apply for citizenship. They will tell you the fee for this. It is important to specify why you need it because an uncertified copy will not do.

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