The main research toolkits involve researching the main sources including church, civil, land and census records in particular, different counties and parishes have other sources which augment the information gathered from the main sources. For east Galway our records range mainly from the mid nineteenth to mid twentieth centuries with some exceptions. Please consult with our staff if you have any queries on dates for particular parishes. Our centre’s main sources include the following:
Church Records which includes all Denominations from the mid eighteenth to early twentieth centuries including:
- Roman Catholic records commencing in 1766 up to 1917.
Church of Ireland records commencing in 1747 up to 1900.
Presbyterian Records – Ballinasloe parish only, Baptisms from 1846 to 1900 and Marriages from 1848 to 1900.
Methodist Records – Ballinasloe parish only, Baptisms from 1834 to 1900.
- Fully transcribed non-Catholic Marriage Records from 1845 for east Galway.
Fully transcribed records of Marriages from 1864 to 1940.
Fully transcribed records of Births for the east Galway area from 1864 to 1905.
Fully transcribed records of Deaths for the east Galway area from 1864 to 1940.
Land and Property Records:
Tithe Applotment Books for east Galway compiled in the 1820s and 1830s to determine the amount of tax payable for the upkeep of the Established Church.
Griffiths Primary Valuation a remarkable list of land and householders in the country, giving townland, details of holding and name of immediate lessor. These Valuation Books for east Galway encompass the Poor Law Unions of Ballinasloe dated 1856, Glenamaddy dated 1856, Gort dated 1855, Loughrea dated 1856, Mountbellew dated 1855, Portumna dated 1856, Roscommon dated 1857 and Scarriff dated 1855.
We have fully transcribed the following records:
- 1901 and 1911 Census returns for the east Galway area.
- Census Fragments, 1821 for Kilconickney, Kilreekil, Kiltullagh and Lickerrig parishes.
Woodford Parish Census 1889, updated in 1897.
1908 Pension Returns.
We have a number of different sources transcribed including the following:
Trade Directories – Pigot’s and Slater’s from 1824 to 1896.
Lewis Topographical Dictionary – published in 1837.
Transcribed Gravestone Inscriptions for Ahascragh, Aughrim, Beagh, Clontuskert, Craughwell, Kilbeacanty, Killascobe, Killimordaly, Kilmacduagh, Mountbellew, Moylough, Mullagh and Woodford.
Burke’s Peerage and Baronetage – published in 1850.
School Roll Books – available for a small number of South East Galway parishes.
Ordnance Survey Maps, historical maps and many other sources pertaining to individual parishes.