County Kilkenny Genealogy
NOTES and Coats of Arms
Finding Your Family in County Kilkenny
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This illustrated, well indexed book, was created exclusively to help you find your family in County Kilkenny, Ireland. Focusing specifically on families within the county, it includes an introduction to research and sources in Kilkenny. The most numerous families from birth records are given, as well as rather rare Kilkenny families found in heraldic records. Included you will find a full page county map from the Atlas of Ireland, along with a listing of modern parishes and old townlands, along with the address and location of records for more research. Published by the Irish Genealogical Foundation, this book was originally made for members researching in Kilkenny.
What this book does
This work includes copies of actual records (some worn, torn and faded), from the IGF Library. It also includes rough sketches of family coats of arms and notes from centuries past - seldom found elsewhere. The resources provided here will help research any family in the county, including old Irish families, and settler families from England, Scotland, Wales and the continent. This book is a hands on guide for finding your family in Kilkenny - some family history is included - but it is not a gigantic collection of family histories . (For that see 'The Book of Irish Families, great & small', the first book in the Irish Families series by O'Laughlin.)
The Irish Families Project for Kilkenny
The Master book to the 29 volume Irish Families series is 'The Book of Irish Families, great & small'. That book gives hundreds of family histories from County Kilkenny, and the surrounding areas. "County Kilkenny Genealogy and Family History Notes", volume 17 in the series, expands upon that coverage with added families and new resources just for Kilkenny. (In this way both books can work together as a set if desired, or they may be used independently for research.)
Most Numerous Families
The most numerous families in Kilkenny in the 19th century were:
The Families of Co. Kilkenny contents:
B o o k s C o n t e n t s
List of Books, ISBN data.......................................
Capt. Thomas Shee from King James Irish Army List
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Introduction to Sources; Birth Index.....................
National Resource List .........................................
Local Resource List...............................................
Names in County Kilkenny.........................................
P a r t T w o
The complete existing returns from the 'census' of 1659, also showing the methods of spelling family names and place names at that time in history. Many Irish families are given in specific baronies within the county in this census. Additionally the barony is broken down into parishes, Townelands, and tituladoes, along with the number of English and Irish in each area. The tituladoes are both Irish and English. The baronies included here are Galmoy, Gowran, Iverke, Ida Igrin Ibercon, Knocktopher, Fassagh Deinin, Kells, Skillellogher,Crannagh, Callan, and the city of Kilkenny. Note the names of a few of the tituladoes: Nathaniell Williams, Walter Noss, Richard Makins, Nicholas Shea the Merchant, John Roth the merchant, Theobald Purcell, William Cleere, and so on. These are but a few of the names given in specific parishes and townelands. Many others are grouped together giving surname and barony of location. The Principall Irish names and head count is given at the end of each barony, for example: Brohy 10, Brenan 116, Bergin 8, Blanchvill and Blanchfield 06, Cleere 6, Dulany 23, Duin and Duing 8, Dowling 9, Forstall 7, and so on. It should be remembered that place names and family names were spelled differently in earlier days, so the researcher should look closely at spellings given here.
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Coats of Arms and Genealogical Notes.
Arms connected in some way to the county, as taken from the Irish Book of Arms. The original listings provide specific locations for families, and clues for future research. Old illustrations of arms are included for the families of: Agar of Callan; Burtchaell; Butler; Carpenter; Connellan of Coolmore; Cuffe; De Montmorency; Fitzgibbon; Fitzpatrick; Flower of Castle Durrow; Foot of Rower; Greene of Greeneville; Jones of Mooum; Hamilton-Butler; Lawless; Loftus; Marsh; Morres; Neville; Phillips-Conn; Ponsonby; Somerton; Swifte; Tighe of Woodstock; Toler-Aylward; Walsh of Fanningstown; and Wandesford, all of County Kilkenny connections.
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Co. Kilkenny Families in Irish Pedigrees.....................
Includes the families of Brenan of North Kilkenny; Egan; Holahan; and Mulcahy, among others. The territories of ancient Irish families are also extracted and shown here, per the works of O'Hart.
Index of Place Names, ancient & modern. A sampling of place names to assist in finding locations in the county, as taken from the Master Book of Irish Placenames. Townland names and modern parishes are given in this selection.
Parish Names in County Kilkenny
The parish is an important subdivision of the county. Parish records can be vital to research in the county. The following modern parishes are listed as in Co. Kilkenny in this work:Abbeyleix
Castleinch = Inchyolaghan
Jerpointchurch and Jerpointwest.
Please note that the spellings of these place names can appear differently in the records you are researching.
For example, the prefix 'Kil' can appear as 'Kill" "Kel". The second half of the placenames listed follows:
Woolengrange. Keep in mind the spelling of place names and parishes can change over time. Be flexible in your research when looking for these names.
Shee's House, in which the Confederate Parliament was held.
Families on the 4 Masters Map
What families were in the county in earlier days ? This might provide a clue to the locations of your family today. Here are some of the families given on the Map in the History of Ireland by the 4 Masters (Connellan translation. 2003, I.G.F.) E. = Earl, L.=Lord, C. = chieftain, V. = Viscount:
de Clare, Earl
Mac Breen, C.
Le Mareschal, E.
O' Brennan, L.
O' Brodar, L.
O' Carroll, P.
O' Delany, C.
O' Donoghoe, P.
O' Gloran, C.
O' Shea or O'Shee
The Final Word
A hands on guide to find your family within the county Kilkenny . New; Full size 8 1/2 x 11; 58 pages; heavier parchment type cover; lay flat binding; illustrations, some of which may appear faded with age as in the originals; County Map; Local Sources; Coats of Arms; and record extracts. Many families are given with family history notes, specific locations; coat of arms; and seats of power. Some are only mentioned. A must for any researcher. ( For a large collection of family histories within the county we also recommend "The Book of Irish Families, great & small", by O'Laughlin.)
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