County Galway, Ireland Genealogy

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County Galway (Irish: Contae na Gaillimhe) is a county in Ireland. It is located the province of Connacht. The administrative headquarters are in the city of Galway.

County Galway is home to the largest Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking region) in Ireland.

General County Research Information

Further information about County Galway is available at the GenUKI site.

See the "Web Sites" section (bottom of the page).

Archives and Libraries


County Galway has some significant resources for obtaining cemetery information.

Here are some compiled cemetery links for Galway ancestry:

  1. a gateway web site with some links to Galway places
  2. Visit John Grenham's excellent web site
  3. - index to Ireland death registrations (from 1864 to 1958); has many Irish deaths of those born long before the commencement of Civil Registration in 1864. Click "All Records Collections" and scroll to "Ireland Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958
  4. Here are some transcriptions for Shanaglish Townland in Beagh Parish churchyard.
  5. Findagrave has some Bohermore Parish entries online
  6. Forthill Cemetery has some online entries available.
  7. Renvyle Cemetery has a small number of accessible entries available online.
  8. Toorena Cemetery has a few entries perhaps of interest, online


Census records for County Mayo were mostly destroyed prior to 1900. The following web site provides researchers with free online access to an index, and with images, to the only two complete censuses available for Ireland: the 1901 and 1911 censuses, available at the National Archives of Ireland web site at no cost and with scanned images as well.

The Roman Catholic parishioners of Kinvarra, Duras, and Killina for the year 1834 are listed with data available online. 

Church Records

Church of Ireland

The Representative Church Body Library has just about all surviving Church of Ireland registers. Some transcript copies are available at:

  • rootsireland - online transcriptions may be forthcoming
  • the local parish  (contact for details in availability)
  • Family History Library ( - see the Catalog for Galway county/parish records availability

Contributed by Rev. Iain Knox. The Rev. Edward Bacon's Register. List of baptisms, giving child's name, parents names, date of baptism and address. covers years 1766-1800, Co. Tipperary, Clonmel, Killenaule, Inishlounaght, and Co. Galway, Eyrecourt. Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol. XVII, no. 1. 1985, pages 35-48, and 96-115. Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i


The vast majority of Presbyterian chapel registers have never been centrally archived, and thus are found in various locations. [Regretably, preservation of these precious records and the rich Presbyterian heritage of local Presbyterians as well as descendants of same at large with roots originating from Ireland, are at risk unless and until such time when all of these registers are centralized or, at least copied into microform or, better--digitised and preserved.]

You must conduct exhaustive, thorough studies to determine to which Presbyterian denomination your ancestor belonged; and to then, determine the whereabouts of surviving registers--if any. The following most likely places to find and search Presbyterian registers starts with checking the following locations:


  1. The excellent rootsireland web site for County Galway currently has one Presbyterian chapel register with data now available online from 1833.
  2. The FHL (Family History Library) has very few transcription copies of Presbyterian chapels


The rootsireland web site for County Galway has some Methodist data now available on-line for about 4 different chapels in the county from as early as 1836.

Roman Catholic

The Catholic parish of Ballymacward and Gurteen is also known as Ballymacward and Clonkeenkerril. It includes the civil parishes of Ballymacward and Clonkeen. There are Catholic chapels in both civil parishes, united under one administrator.

The FHL (Family History Library) has copies of some of the original Roman Catholic parish registers of County Galway parishes in its collection. You can identify these listed online at If you know the name of the civil parish in which your Catholic ancestor resided, or was from, click "Catalog" and type in the name of the parish and then highlight/click on "Church Records".

The National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin, is the custodian of all available Roman Catholic parish registers from throughout the country--including County Galway.

The Rootsireland web site has data from numerous Roman Catholic parishes now on-line for searching. There are fees attached (about $4.50 for each entry).

Useful Church Records Web Sites

  1. Galway East Heritage Centre - online
  2. Galway West Heritage Centre - online
  3. GenWeb Ireland - has numerous online links to data-rich lists of Galway County families
  4. John Grenham's web site has several helpful links for Galway names
  5. Galway County Surname Query board is here
  6. CMCRP Project (Galway) - has a few records for the county
  7. Civil Registration of births marriages and deaths for County Galway, online search in the Protesant marriages from 1845 to 1864

Civil Jurisdictions and Parish Research Information

  • A map of the Civil Parishes of County Galway is available at Irish Times site.
  • A map of the Catholic Parishes of East County Galway is available at Irish Times site.
  • A map of the Catholic Parishes of West County Galway is available at Irish Times site.

Civil Parish - Church of Ireland

Barony Poor Law Union Catholic Parish[1] Catholic Diocese[1]
Abbeygormacan Leitrim Loughrea   Mullagh and Killoran


Abbeygormacan Longford Ballinasloe
Abbeygormacan Longford Loughrea
Abbeygormacan Longford Portumna
Abbeyknockmoy Clare Galway Abbeyknockmoy

Abbeyknockmoy Clare Tuam
Abbeyknockmoy Tiaquin Tuam
Addergoole Dunmore Tuam Addergoole and Liskeevey Tuam
Ahascragh Clonmacnowen Ballinasloe Ahascragh and Caltra


Ahascragh Clonmacnowen Mountbellew
Ahascragh Kilconnell Ballinasloe
Ahascragh Kilconnell Mountbellew
Ahascragh Killian Ballinasloe
Ahascragh Killian Mountbellew
Annaghdown Clare Galway Annaghdown
Annaghdown Clare Tuam
Ardrahan Dunkellin Gort Ardrahan


Ardrahan Dunkellin Loughrea
Ardrahan Kiltartan Gort
Ardrahan Loughrea Gort
Ardrahan Loughrea Loughrea
Athenry Athenry Galway Athenry


Athenry Athenry Loughrea
Athenry Clare Galway
Athenry Dunkellin Galway
Athleague Killian Mountbellew Athleague and Fuerty Elphin
Aughrim Clonmacnowen Ballinasloe Aughrim and Kilconnell
Aughrim Kilconnell Ballinasloe
Ballinchalla Ross Ballinrobe Cong and The Neale Tuam
Ballindoon Ballynahinch Clifden Omey and Ballindoon; also Ballyconneely Clonfert
Ballinrobe Ross Ballinrobe Cong and The Neale Tuam
Ballymacward Kilconnell Ballinasloe Ballymacward


Ballymacward Kilconnell Mountbellew
Ballymacward Tiaquin Ballinasloe
Ballymacward Tiaquin Loughrea
Ballymacward Tiaquin Mountbellew
Ballynacourty Dunkellin Galway Ballynacourty Tuam
Ballynakill Ballymoe Glennamaddy Glinsk and Kilbegnet;
Ballynakill Ballynahinch Clifden Ballynakill, Kilbride Tuam
Ballynakill Killian Mountbellew Killian and Killeroran; moylough and Mountbellow Tuam
Ballynakill Leitrim Loughrea Abbey and Duniry Clonfert
Ballynakill Leitrim Portumna Woodford Clonfert
Beagh Kiltartan Gort Beagh Kilmacdaugh
Belclare Clare Tuam Kilmoylan and Cummer Tuam
Boyounagh Ballymoe Glennamaddy Boyounagh
Boyounagh Tiaquin Glennamaddy
Bullaun Loughrea Loughrea Bullaun, Grange and New Inn Clonfert
Cargin Clare Tuam Headford; Killursa and Killower Tuam
Claregalway Clare Galway Claregalway
Claregalway Dunkellin Galway
Clonbern Ballymoe Glennamaddy Kilkerrin and Clonbern
Clonbern Ballymoe Tuam
Clonfert Longford Ballinasloe Clonfert, Meelick and Eyrecourt
Clonfert Longford Portumna
Clonkeen Tiaquin Loughrea Ballymacward
Clonkeen Tiaquin Mountbellew
Clonrush Leitrim Scarriff Clonrush Killaloe
Clontuskert Clonmacnowen Ballinasloe Clontuskert
Clontuskert Longford Ballinasloe
Cong Ross Oughterard Cong and The Neale Tuam
Cummer Clare Tuam Kilmoylan and Cummer Tuam
Donaghpatrick Clare Tuam Donaghpatrick and Kilcoona Tuam
Donanaghta Longford Portumna Clonfert, Meelick and Eyrecourt Clonfert
Drumacoo Dunkellin Galway Ballindereen and Kilcolgan
Drumacoo Dunkellin Gort
Drumatemple Ballymoe Glennamaddy Ballintober Elphin
Dunamon Ballymoe Roscommon Glinsk and Kilbegnet Clonfert
Duniry Leitrim Loughrea Ballinkill; Abbey and Duniry
Duniry Leitrim Portumna
Duniry Longford Loughrea
Dunmore Ballymoe Glennamaddy Dunmore
Dunmore Ballymoe Tuam
Dunmore Dunmore Tuam
Fahy Longford Portumna Fahy and Quansboro Clonfert
Feakle Tulla Upper Scarriff none
Fohanagh Clonmacnowen Ballinasloe Fohenagh and Kilgerrill
Fohanagh Kilconnell Ballinasloe
Fohanagh Kilconnell Mountbellew
Grange Kilconnell Loughrea Bullaun, Grange and New Inn
Grange Loughrea Loughrea
Inishcaltra Leitrim Scarriff none
Inisheer Aran Galway Aran Islands Tuam
Inishmaan Aran Galway Aran Islands Tuam
Inishmore Aran Galway Aran Islands Tuam
Isertkelly Loughrea Loughrea Kilchreest Clonfert
Kilbarron Leitrim Scarriff Clonrush Killaloe
Kilbeacanty Kiltartan Gort Kilbeacanty Kilmacdaugh
Kilbegnet Ballymoe Glennamaddy Glinsk and Kilbegnet
Kilbegnet Ballymoe Roscommon
Kilbennan Dunmore Tuam Kilconla and Kilbennon Tuam
Kilchreest Dunkellin Loughrea Kilchreest
Kilchreest Loughrea Loughrea
Kilclooney Clonmacnowen Ballinasloe Ballinasloe Clonfert
Kilcloony Clonmacnowen Ballinasloe Ballinasloe Clonfert
Kilcolgan Dunkellin Gort Ballindereen and Kilcolgan Kilmacdaugh
Kilconickny Athenry Loughrea Kilconickney, Kilconieran and Lickerrig
Kilconickny Dunkellin Loughrea
Kilconickny Loughrea Loughrea
Kilconierin Athenry Loughrea Kilconickney, Kilconieran and Lickering
Kilconierin Dunkellin Loughrea
Kilconierin Loughrea Loughrea
Kilconla Dunmore Tuam Kilconla and Kilbennon Tuam
Kilconnell Kilconnell Ballinasloe Aughrim and Kilconnell Clonfert
Kilcooly Leitrim Loughrea Leitrim Clonfert
Kilcoona Clare Tuam Donaghpatrick and Kilcoona Tuam
Kilcroan Ballymoe Glennamaddy Glinsk and Kilbegnet Elphin
Kilcummin Moycullen Galway Rosmuc; Carraroe; Kilcummin and Oughterard
Kilcummin Moycullen Oughterard
Kilgerrill Clonmacnowen Ballinasloe Fohenagh and Kilgerrill
Kilgerrill Kilconnell Ballinasloe
Kilkerrin Tiaquin Glennamaddy Kilkerrin and Clonberne Tuam
Kilkilvery Clare Tuam Kilursa and Killower Tuam
Killaan Kilconnell Ballinasloe Bullaun, Grange and New Inn
Killaan Kilconnell Loughrea
Killaan Loughrea Loughrea
Killallaghtan Clonmacnowen Ballinasloe Cappataggle and Kilriekhill
Killallaghtan Kilconnell Ballinasloe
Killannin Moycullen Galway Killanin
Killannin Moycullen Oughterard
Killeany Clare Tuam Killursa and Killower Tuam
Killeely Dunkellin Gort Kinvara Kilmacdaugh
Killeenadeema Loughrea Loughrea Kilnadeema and Aile Clonfert
Killeenavarra Dunkellin Gort Ballindereen and Kilcolgan Kilmacdaugh
Killeeneen Dunkellin Gort Castlegear
Killeeneen Dunkellin Loughrea
Killererin Ballymoe Tuam Killererin
Killererin Clare Tuam
Killererin Dunmore Tuam
Killererin Tiaquin Tuam
Killeroran Killian Mountbellew Bullaun, Grange and New Inn Clonfert
Killian Killian Mountbellew Ballygar Elphin
Killimorbologue Longford Portumna Killimorbologue and Tiranascragh Clonfert
Killimordaly Athenry Loughrea Killimordaly and Kiltullagh
Killimordaly Kilconnell Loughrea
Killimordaly Tiaquin Loughrea
Killinan Dunkellin Loughrea Kilchreest
Killinan Loughrea Loughrea
Killinny Kiltartan Gort Headford; Killursa and Killower Tuam
Killogilleen Dunkellin Loughrea Craughwell (Killogilleen and Killora)
Killogilleen Loughrea Loughrea
Killora Dunkellin Loughrea Craughwell (Killogileen and Killora) Clonfert
Killoran Clonmacnowen Ballinasloe Mullagh and Killoran
Killoran Leitrim Loughrea
Killoran Longford Ballinasloe
Killoscobe Tiaquin Mountbellew Menlough Tuam
Killosolan Kilconnell Mountbellew Ahascragh and Caltra
Killosolan Tiaquin Mountbellew
Killower Clare Tuam Headford; Killursa and Killower Tuam
Killursa Clare Tuam Headford; Killursa and Killower Tuam
Kilmacduagh Kiltartan Gort Kilmacdaugh and Kiltartan Kilmacdaugh
Kilmalinoge Longford Portumna Portumna Clonfert
Kilmeen Leitrim Loughrea Leitrim
Kilmeen Loughrea Loughrea
Kilmoylan Clare Tuam Kilmoylan and Cummer Tuam
Kilquain Longford Portumna Fahy and Quansboro Clonfert
Kilreekill Leitrim Ballinasloe Cappataggle and Kilriekhill
Kilreekill Leitrim Loughrea
Kiltartan Kiltartan Gort Kilmacdaugh and Kiltartan Kilmacdaugh
Kilteskill Leitrim Loughrea Killeenadeema and Aile
Kilteskill Loughrea Loughrea
Kilthomas Kiltartan Gort Peterswell
Kilthomas Kiltartan Loughrea
Kilthomas Loughrea Gort
Kilthomas Loughrea Loughrea
Kiltormer Longford Ballinasloe Laurencetown (Kiltormer and Oghill) Clonfert
Kiltullagh Athenry Loughrea Killimordaly and Kiltullagh
Kiltullagh Kilconnell Loughrea
Kinvarradoorus Kiltartan Gort Kinvara Kilmacdaugh
Lackagh Clare Galway Lackagh
Lackagh Clare Tuam
Leitrim Leitrim Loughrea Leitrim (Kilccoly and Kilmeen) Clonfert
Lickerrig Athenry Loughrea Craughwell (Killogilleen and Killora)
Lickerrig Dunkellin Loughrea
Lickerrig Loughrea Loughrea
Lickmolassy Longford Portumna Portumna (Kilmalinoge and Lickmolassey) Clonfert
Liskeevy Dunmore Tuam Addergoole and Liskeevey Tuam
Loughrea Loughrea Loughrea Loughrea Clonfert
Meelick Longford Portumna Clonfert, Meelick, and Eyrecourt Clonfert
Monivea Clare Galway Athenry (Part) and Abbeyknockmoy (Part)
Monivea Kilconnell Loughrea
Monivea Tiaquin Galway
Monivea Tiaquin Loughrea
Monivea Tiaquin Tuam
Moycullen Moycullen Galway Moycullen and Spiddal Clonfert
Moylough Killian Mountbellew Moylough and Mountbellew
Moylough Tiaquin Glennamaddy
Moylough Tiaquin Mountbellew
Moylough Tiaquin Tuam
Moyrus Ballynahinch Clifden Carna or Moyrus; Roundstone Tuam
Omey Ballynahinch Clifden Omey and Ballindoon; Ballyconneely Clonfert
Oranmore Dunkellin Galway Oranmore
Oranmore Galway Galway
Rahoon Borough of Galway Galway Rahoon
Rahoon Galway Galway
Rahoon Moycullen Galway
Ross Ross Ballinrobe Clonbour
Ross Ross Oughterard
St. Nicholas Borough of Galway Galway St. Nicholas Cathedral
St. Nicholas Galway Galway
Stradbally Dunkellin Galway Clarinbridge or Kilcornan
Stradbally Dunkellin Gort
Taghboy Killian Mountbellew Dysart and Tisara Elphin
Templetogher Ballymoe Glennamaddy Boyounagh Tuam
Tiranascragh Longford Portumna Killimorbologue and Tiranscragh Clonfert
Tuam Ballymoe Tuam Tuam
Tuam Clare Tuam
Tuam Dunmore Tuam
Tynagh Leitrim Loughrea Tynagh
Tynagh Leitrim Portumna
Tynagh Longford Portumna

Civil Registration of Births, Marriages & Deaths

Government-sponsored registration of births, marriages and deaths began in 1845 (Protestant marriages only) and 1864 (whole population). To find information on the vital events of your irish ancestor, here are some helpful websites for obtaining critical information: - has online indexes for births, marriages and deaths; click "All Records Collections", then scroll down to and click "Ireland Civil Registration Indexes, 1845 to 1959".

2. To obtain certificates of birth, marriage or death for your ancestor[s], write to or contact the following record office; the cost is €10 (about $13) per certificate:

   General Register Office, Government Offices,
   Convent Road Roscommon.
   Tel: +353 (0) 90 6632900
   LoCall: 1890 252076
   Fax: +353 (0) 90 6632999
   Fax: +353 (0) 90 6632988

There are fees for performing particular searches; see their website for further information.

3. Here's Jane Lyons' web site with some Civil Registration Indexes to births, marriages and deaths for Ireland:

Estate Records

Estate records may provide names of households in such records as leases, rents, and mortgages. These ought to be consulted and used when extant, especially when church registers do not exist for the time period being researched. Here are some web sites which hold estate records and some transcriptions of same:



  Game Licences for Co. Offaly and Co. Galway in 1821.  List of Game Licences for each of Co. offaly and Co. Galway published in the Limerick Chronicle.  Gives name and residence of each person.  Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol. XVII, no.1. 1985 pages 23-25, Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i


Here are two important place-name aids/tools for locating your Irish place and its parish jurisdiction[s]:

  1. List of All Townlands, Towns and Townships in County Galway. - click county "Galway"; then click "Submit" to view a complete alphabetical listing of all townlands, towns and townships and the parishes in which they lay
  2. Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel A. Lewis; at - provides a rich 1837 historical perspective of each Ireland parish and large township; great for determining which churches existed in each parish--Church of Ireland or Nonconformist



Family history societies often publish helpful journals, transcripts, compiled genealogies and a host of helpful websites. They may have ongoing projects to transcribe records and create indexes. Most societies publish researchers' queries in their journals and maintain lists of members’ research interests that may be helpful to you. You may want to join one of these societies, reap the benefits of their expertise and resources or support its efforts.

Here are two major family history societies covering just about all places in County Galway:

  1. East Galway Family History Society Co., Ltd.
    Woodford, Loughrea, Co. Galway
    Tel: +353-509-49309
    Fax: +353-509-49546
  2. West Galway Family History Society
    Research Unit, Venture Centre, Liosbaun Estate,
    Tuam Road, Galway City
    Tel: +353-91-756737/Skype: +353-91-756737

Web Sites

Here are some gateway websites with some excellent Galway County family data and resources for researchers:


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ryan, James G. Irish Records: sources for family and local history. USA:, 1997. FHL 941.5 D23r