Sources

At our centre in Galway city, we have the most extensive range of source material available for the west region of Galway, which is given below.  Please click on the particular source link where indicated to view the full details of same:

  • Church records of baptism, marriage and death, for 39 RC parishes up to the year 1900 (commencement dates vary)
  • Church records of baptism, marriage and death for 12 Church of Ireland parishes, 4 Methodist parishes, and 1 Presbyterian parish up to the year 1900 (commencement dates vary).
  • Civil records of births, marriages and deaths 1845/1864 -1901
  • The Primary Valuation of Land 1848-1864  (Griffith’s Valuation) for West Co. Galway
  • Census 1901 and 1911 also fragments of surviving census returns of 1821, for the parishes of Athenry and the Aran Islands.
  • Parish Census Returns for the RC Parish of Kinvara, 1834
  • Parish Census Returns for the RC Parish of Spiddal, 1884 and 1895
  • 1908 Pension Claim Application Forms for a number of parishes.
  • Tithe Applotment Books 1823-1837
  • Gravestone Inscriptions for a number of cemeteries in West Co. Galway
  • Microfilm files of RIC Pensions
  • Ordnance Survey Maps, historical maps, local maps
  • Lewis Topographical Dictionary
  • Burkes Peerage and Baronetage
  • Debrett’s Illustrated Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage, 1920
  • Kelly’s Handbook to the Titled, Landed, and Official Classes, 1948
  • P.H. Reany’s Dictionary of British Surnames
  • The Famine Immigrants 1846-1851, A List of Irish Immigrants Arriving at the Port of New York, Genealogical Publishing Company.
  • A database containing history and meaning of surnames and place names.

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