FINDING KERRY BAPTISMS/BIRTHS/MARRIAGES/DEATHS

  • Civil Registration of Births/Marriage/Deaths became law in Ireland for Church of Ireland in 1845 and for Catholics in 1864. The indexes of these records are available to view and copy certificates to purchase to researchers who visit the Government Registration Office, Werburgh St., Dublin.  These Civil Records are also available on Irish Genealogy ‘.   All Baptisms are online from 1864 to 1916, Marriages from 1864 to 1940 and Deaths from 1864 to 1965. As per data protection obligations the last year is updated annually.  It is also possible to view the original record forms in most cases.  Once you have found your ancestor’s name/es just click on the link to bring up the image.  The older ones are being updated currently to bring all original images up to date.  Click on the name
  • PRE-1864 Church Records.  In theory, all Kerry Baptisms and Marriages from the early 1800s are listed online at Irish Genealogy. In practice a number of years are ‘missing’ as per the table of the Catholic parishes below.  These are secondary sources and have a number of transcription errors.

You might ask why they are ‘missing’.  There are a number of reasons – ‘lost’, ‘missing without explanation’, ‘fire’, ‘flood’, the ‘Black and Tans’, ‘illegible’.  Some of these reasons are understandable.  Due to the Penal Laws, it was not possible or legal for Catholic Priests to keep a record of Births or Marriages so very few records survive until the early to middle part  of the 19th Century.  Parish Priests of the early nineteenth century, particularly in rural areas,  lived a precarious lifestyle, didn’t have secretaries, a number didn’t have a permanent residence, not to mention an office and it is a miracle that so many registers have in fact survived.  What remains of the original parish registers are still kept in local custody.  They are often in a fragile state and may not be accessible to researchers.

Original Catholic Parish Registers

The images of the original Catholic Parish Registers available online at Registers.Nli.ie are a marvelous resource. While they were transcribed from the originals on to IrishGenealogy.ie, you now have the opportunity of seeing the entire entry.  On these pages you can see the original record of your ancestor’s baptism or marriage and you can also see any note that the priest of the time might have entered.  The entries are almost all in Latin.  They are not indexed on this website but have been indexed on FindMyPast.ie. and free of charge.

Church of Ireland Records

The Church of Ireland records have had an equally perilous history.  Virtually intact until the fire in the Public Record Offices in 1922, those that had not been kept in Kerry in local custody or at least a copy kept, perished in this unfortunate fire.   It is possible to see some Church of Ireland Parish records on Irish Genealogy, it is possible see some on the alternative sources outlined below or some have been deposited in the Representative Church Body Library in Dublin.

Alternative Sources of Kerry Baptisms/Marriages/Deaths prior to 1864.

  • It is always advisable to check with the free LDS Website familysearch.org. I have found baptisms/marriages on that site that are not reflected on IrishGenealogy.  The reason I am told is that the LDS listings were taken years earlier than the transcriptions on IrishGenealogy, when original records were still in place in an individual parish. These records have a cut off date of 1880.  I understand these transcriptions are copies of those held in the National Library of Ireland but I do not have absolute confirmation of this.
  • It is also advisable before giving up, to check and check again, ALL variations of your ancestor’s surname.  Spelling was not standardised in the 19th century.
  • Where I have listed OCM, these are the 16 volumes of O’Kief Coshe Mange. The 16 volumes of primary genealogical and historical records are available in the Local History Dept of Tralee Library or the National Library of Ireland, Kildare St.., Dublin and in a number of North American libraries.  They are not online.

COUNTY KERRY CATHOLIC PARISH REGISTERS 

b.– Baptisms from this date      m.– Marriages from this date

Parish b m Missing Records Possibilities
ABBEYDORNEY 1835 1837 b.1835, 1844-1851, m.1837-  
ADRIGOLE 1830 1830    
ALLIHIES 1850 1823    
ANNASCAUL 1829 1829 b.1834-1837, 1839-1857/m.1835-1837-1855  
ARDFERT/Kilmoyley 1856 1859  1846-1859 OCM Vols 8, 14
BALLYBUNION 1831 1831    
BALLYDESMOND 1850 1850    
BALLYFERRITER 1808 1808    
BALLYHEIGUE 1850 1850    
BALLYLONGFORD 1823 1824 b.1839-1868/m.1838-1868  
BALLYMACELLIGOTT 1868 1869    
BEAUFORT 1844 1843    
BOHERBUE 1830 1863 b.1833-1900, OCM Vol 2, 11
BROSNA 1866 1890 b/m June 1878-1889 OCM Vol 8
CAHIRCIVEEN 1845 1850 No originals up to 1864 extant  
CAHERDANIEL 1831 1831    
CASTLEGREGORY 1828 1829    
CASTLEISLAND 1823 1823   OCM Vol 4,6,7
CASTLEMAINE 1804 1804 b.1813-1815, 1817-1818  
CASTLETOWNBERE 1819 1817    
CAUSEWAY 1782 1809 b.1786-11, 1806, m.1819-1820,

  1. 1845-1846
 
DINGLE 1824 1821 Some 1828-1833 illegible  
DROMOD 1850 1850    
DROMTARIFFE 1832 1832    
DUAGH 1800 1827 c.900 missing mostly surname K  
EYERIES 1843 1823    
FIRIES 1830 1830   OCM Vol 8
FOSSA 1857 1858    
GLENBEIGH/GLENCAR 1825 1829 b.1837-1841, m to 1835 only  
GLENFLESK 1820 1831   OCM Vol 7,8
GLENGARRIFF 1846 1849    
KENMARE 1819 1819 b.1824-1826, m.1838-1839  
KILCUMMIN 1821 1823 b.1859, m.1859-1873 OCM Vol 1,5
KILGARVAN 1818 1819 m.1864  
KILLARNEY 1785 1792
  1. 1851-1858
OCM 5,6,7,8,14
KILEENTIERNA 1801 1803 B.1809-1823, M.1828-6, 1830 OCM 4,6
KILORGLIN 1798 1798 B.1802-1806, 1851-1857. 1860-1881M. 1802-1806. 1850-1884  
KNOCKNAGOSHEL 1866 1867 Don’t know abt Marr  
LISTOWEL 1802 1832  1834-1836  
LIXNAW 1810 1810 b.1845-46, 1848, m.1852-1856  
MILLSTREET 1751 1751    
MILLTOWN 1820 1821 b.1840-1841, m.1821,1832-42  
MOYVANE 1829 1831    
PRIOR 1850 1850    
RATHMORE 1837 1839    
SNEEM 1833 1858 b.1848-1857, m. 1858-  
SPA 1866 1867    
TARBERT 1859 1860    
TRALEE 1773 1774    
TUOSIST 1844 1844    
VALENTIA 1825 1829 b.1864-1867, m. 1856-1880