Example, for the Kerry County Library, Moyderwell, Tralee
Old Tel: 066-21200
Here are all the new 2 digit number changes for Kerry;
66 + 71 + phone #s that begin with 2, 3, 4, or 8
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
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
Some Kerry Parish Registers are Available at the Maritime History Archive
County Kerry Parishes Registers Available:
Baptisms Oct. 2, 1835-Sept 10, 1844; Feb. 27,
1851-Sept. 6, 1859; Nov. 7,
Dec. 6, 1880
Maritime History Archive
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.Clickhere for some:
Family History Library film numbers for some Kerry Parish Registers
Dingle Church Addresses:
St. Vincent's Catholic Church
Church of Keel
*After 6pm please ring 066 22022
If you didnt find your church above; go here:
LibrariesKerry 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.
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
Address to buy Irish stamps for self addressed stamped envelopes:
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 OrdersA 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):
To contact the Mercy Sisters address any request to:
The Loreto Archive is accessed by contacting :
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Archaeologist: Isabel Bennett email@example.com, Ventry 066-59012
Diocese of Kerry
Kenmare Literary and Historical Society Journal, Cahir, Kenmare, Co Kerry
Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society
Knocknagoshel, Then and Now (annual)
Sliabh Luachra: Journal of Cumann Luachra
Kerry Genealogical Society
Finuge Heritage Society: Teach Siamsa, Finuge
House, Lixnaw, Co. Kerry
Kerry Diocesan Genealogical Center
Irish Family History Society
Irish Genealogical Society Int'l
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
Dublin City- 1851
Laois- 1858-60 ( see Queen's Co.)
Offaly- 1864 ( see King's Co.)
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).
Laois (Queens) 1823-38
Offaly (King's) 1823-38
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;
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.
BRITISH FICHE AREA
*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.
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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.
BRITISH FILM AREA
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org ) 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
Marriage records 1864 - 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
Maura' Helpful Hints for Successful Searching:
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To join the SHAMROCK list, send only the word subscribe in the body of an email to:
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General Register Office
The LDS Genealogical Society has microfilm copies of the following Civl Registration records:
|All of Ireland||B||1864-1921||1864-Mar 1881,1900-1913|
|Republic of Ireland||B||1922-1958||1930-1955|
How to Write a Sucessful Query
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.
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.
General Register Office
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.