County Kilkenny Genealogical Records

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Cemeteries | Census | Church (C of I) | Church (Other) | Church ( Roman Catholic) | Directories | Emigration | Genealogy | Family History | Gravestones | Maps | Marriage | Newspaper | Other Sources | Periodicals | Research Services | Wills | Abbreviations


Administrative Divisions

  • Administrative Divisions of County Kilkenny
  • Civil Parishes of Co. Kilkenny
  • Catholic Parishes of Co. Kilkenny
  • Towns of Co. Kilkenny
  • Townlands of County Kilkenny
  • Baronies of County Kilkenny

    Births, Deaths, Marriages

    Records of all Births and Deaths registered in the whole of Ireland from January 1, 1864 to December 31, 1921 should be on record in the:
  • General Register Office
  • Joyce House
  • 8/11 Lombard Street East
  • Dublin 2
    Births and Deaths after December 31, 1921 are available at the General Register Office (GRO) for the Republic of Ireland, while Northern Ireland records from that date are maintained by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI).
    Also on record at the GRO are all Marriages occurring from April 1, 1845 to December 31, 1863, except those celebrated by the Roman Catholic clergy. Records of all Marriages registered in the whole of Ireland from January 1, 1864 to December 31, 1921 are also available. Marriages from December 31, 1921 are available at the GRO for the Republic of Ireland, while Northern Ireland marriage records from that date are maintained by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI). 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 parish priest, but there are microfilms of most of them for the period up to 1880 in the:
  • National Library of Ireland
  • Kildare Street
  • Dublin 2
    In some cases, the written permission of the parish priest must be obtained before the microfilms can be seen. The National Archives of Ireland has a copy of the National Library's list of the registers.

    Cemeteries

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    Census

    Census Returns and substitutes:

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    Church Records - Church of Ireland (Protestant or Episcopalian)

    Civil Parishes are roughly equivalent to the parishes of the Church of Ireland. Many Church of Ireland parish records were lost in the PRO fire of 1922, others are in local custody (LC) or in the Church of Ireland Library system (CIL), still others have been indexed by the Kilkenny Archaeological. Society (KAS), or are archived at the National Archives of Ireland (NAI).
    (Also see -- Parish Records, etc. -- Marriage records -- Civil Parish Map)

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    Church Records -Other

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    Church Records - Roman Catholic

    Many of the Catholic parish registers are in Local Custody of the parish, or have been indexed by the Kilkenny Archaeological Society (online here), or can be found on microfilm at the NLI (Nat'l Library of Ireland) or at SLC (LDS Family History Centers).
    Also see Catholic Records --- Catholic Parish Map -- Civil to Catholic Parish FHLC Reference)

    Parish Baptisms Marriages
    Aghaviller 1847-1910 1855-1910
    Ballycallan-Kilmanagh 1820-1911 1820-1911
    Ballyhale 1823-1911 1855-1911
    Ballyragget 1801-1806 1856-1900
    Callan 1821-1900 1821-1900
    Castlecomer 1812-1818 1812-1900
    1828-1911
    Clara 1835-1910 1787-1900
    Clara-Gowran 1778-1827  
    Clough 1832-1911 1832-1900
    Conahy 1832-1911 1832-1900
    County Hospital 1850-1899  
    Danesfort 1819-1911 1819-1900
    Dunnamaggan 1826-1911 1826-1900
    Freshford 1773-1911 1773-1900
    Galmoy 1861-1908 1861-1900
    Glenmore 1831-1899 1831-1900
    Gowran 1809-1911 1809-1900
    Graignamanagh 1818-1901 1818-1900
    Inistiogue 1810-1911 1810-1900
    Johnstown 1814-1901 1814-1900
    Kilmacow 1836-1899 1786-1900
    Lisdowney 1817-1911 1817-1900
    Mooncoin 1779-1899 1779-1900
    Muckalee 1801-1806 1808-1900
    1839-1911
    Mullinavat 1836-1910 1836-1900
    Paulstown 1824-1911 1824-1900
    Rosbercon 1817-1911 1817-1900
    Slieverue 1766-1898 1766-1900
    St Canice's KC 1768-1911 1768-1900
    St John's KC 1790-1910 1790-1900
    St Mary's KC 1754-1910 1754-1900
    St Patrick's KC 1800-1905 1800-1900
    Templeorum 1809-1911 1809-1900
    Thomastown 1782-1911 1782-1900
    Tullaherin 1847-1898 1847-1900
    Tullaroan 1843-1910 1843-1900
    Urlingford 1805-1910 1805-1900
    Windgap 1822-1910 1822-1900


    Cross-reference: Location of Civil Parishes within Catholic Parishes, with dates of earliest Catholic Parish Records.
    (The parishes listed below are within the Diocese of Ossory unless stated otherwise)

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    Directories

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    Emigration

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    Family History

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    Genealogy

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    Gravestone Inscriptions

    The Kilkenny Archaeological Society (KAS) has indexed most of the gravestones in the county.

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    Maps

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    Marriage Licenses

    Civil registration of Irish marriages began in 1845 for non-Catholic marriages and in 1864 for Catholics. Until its disestablishment in 1857, the Church of Ireland was responsible for granting permission to marry.

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    Newspapers

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    Other Sources

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    Periodicals

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    Research Sources and Services

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    Wills

    Wills were proven by the Church of Ireland diocese prior to 1858, and by the Probate District of Kilkenny after 1858.

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    Abbreviations

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