Ireland Genealogical Projects

County Kilkenny
Civil and Parish Records


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.
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

For a list of these records please review Parish Records at the National Library.
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.

For County Kilkenny, many of the parish registers for the period before 1864 have been computerized by the:
Kilkenny Archaeological Society
Rothe House
16 Parliament Street
Kilkenny City, Ireland

Also see a County Kilkenny Catholic Parish Map

The Family History Library also maintains many microfilm records of parish records. For a list of these records please review Parish Records at the Family History Library.

Church of Ireland parish registers for the period up to 1870 are public records. Registers are available for about one-third of the parishes. Most are still held by the local clergy, although some are in the National Archives and others are in the:

Representative Church Body Library
Braemor Park
Dublin 14

These are also available at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland in Belfast. There are microfilms or other copies in the National Archives of some of the registers held by the clergy. A list of all surviving registers is available in the National Archives of Ireland. The names and addresses of the clergy are given in the Church of Ireland Directory. A list and a card index of registers in the National Archives can also be consulted.

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