County Waterford, Ireland Genealogy

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County Waterford is a maritime count and is located on the southeastern coast of Ireland, in the province of Munster. Its area is about 710 square miles (1838 sq km) and is the 21st largest county in Ireland. The county was named for Waterford City whose name comes from the Old Norse name of Vadrarfjord, which is said to mean Windy Fiord. It is also referred to as “The Déise” or Decie. The Déise is the name of a major tribe that migrated southward from Meath and settled in what is now County Waterford. Waterford City, however, was settled by the Danes in the ninth century and became one of their raiding settlements.

The Normans invaded Waterford in the twelfth century and Waterford City became their stronghold, second only to Dublin in importance. Part of the county was confiscated from its owners and given to English settlers in 1583 after the insurrection of the Earl of Desmond. King John granted the territory a charter in 1206. Due to a war with Hugh O’Neill many English settlers left in 1598. Waterford was part of the insurrection of the Catholic confederacy which fought Cromwell’s army in 1641 and lost. This led another small settlement in 1650.

The population was 261,865 in 1821 and grew to 312,956 in 1841. Its population decreased to 312,956 in 1851; an 18% decrease primarily due to the potato famine. The population continued to decrease until it was only 127,586 in 1926. In 2006, the population was 107,961 in 2006. The predominant religion in the county is Roman Catholic. In 1861, 93.8% of the population were Roman Catholic followed by the Church of Ireland at 5.4% with 0.3% each being Presbyterian and Methodists. Overtime there has been a slight increase in the percentage of Roman Catholic to 96.9% in 1926. In 1926, the Church of Ireland decreased to 2.6% with 0.16% and 0.121% being Presbyterian and Methodist, respectively.

General Information about this county

  • The county of Waterford is a maritime county of the province of Munster, and is bounded by Cork, Tipperary, Kilkenny, and Wexford.
  • The county comprises the whole of the diocese of Waterford and the greater part of Lismore in the province of Cashel. It is divided into the baronies of Coshbride and Coshmore, Decies-without-Drum, Decies-within-Drum, Gaultier, Glenahiery, Middlethird, and Upperthird. The county contains the borough, market, and seaport town of Dungarvan; the seaport, market, and post-town of Dunmore; the seaport and market-town of Tramore; and the seaport town of Passage East. It also has the market and post-towns of Lismore and Tallow, as well as the post-towns of Cappoquin, Clashmore, Portlaw, and Kilmacthomas. There is also the maritime village of Bonmahon.
  • Two-thirds of the county is agricultural with wheat, barley, bere, oats, and potatoes the main crops.
  • Carrick-on-Suir was once the centre of extensive woolens manufacturing.

Information provided by the 1847 edition of Samuel Lewis' "Topographical Dictionary of Ireland."

General County Research Information

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

Archives and Libraries

Waterford County Council Library Service
Dungarvan Central Library
Davitts Quay, Dungarvan, County Wexford
Telephone: 353-058-41231

Civil Jurisdictions and Parish Research Information

A map of the Civil Parishes of County Waterford is available at Irish Times site.

Civil Parish Barony Poor Law Union
Affane Decies within Drum Dungarvan
Affane Decies without Drum Dungarvan
Affane Decies without Drum Lismore
Aglish Decies within Drum Dungarvan
Aglish Decies without Drum Dungarvan
Ardmore Decies within Drum Dungarvan
Ardmore Decies within Drum Youghal
Ardmore Decies without Drum Dungarvan
Ardmore Decies without Drum Youghal
Ballygunner Gaultiere Waterford
Ballylaneen Decies without Drum Kilmacthomas
Ballymacart Decies within Drum Dungarvan
Ballymacart Decies within Drum Youghal
Ballynakill Gaultiere Waterford
Clashmore Decies within Drum Youghal
Clashmore Decies without Drum Youghal
Clonagam Upperthird Carrick on Suir
Clonea Decies without Drum Dungarvan
Colligan Decies without Drum Dungarvan
Corbally Gaultiere Waterford
Crooke Gaultiere Waterford
Drumcannon Gaultiere Waterford
Drumcannon Middlethird Waterford
Dungarvan Decies within Drum Dungarvan
Dungarvan Decies without Drum Dungarvan
Dunhill Middlethird Kilmacthomas
Dunhill Middlethird Waterford
Dysert Upperthird Carrick on Suir
Dysert Upperthird Clonmel
Faithlegg Gaultiere Waterford
Fenoagh Upperthird Carrick on Suir
Fews Decies without Drum Kilmacthomas
Guilcagh Upperthird Carrick on Suir
Inishlounaght Glenahiry Clogheen
Inishlounaght Glenahiry Clonmel
Islandikane Middlethird Kilmacthomas
Islandikane Middlethird Waterford
Kilbarry Gaultiere Waterford
Kilbarrymeaden Decies without Drum Kilmacthomas
Kilbride Middlethird Waterford
Kilburne Middlethird Waterford
Kilcaragh Gaultiere Waterford
Kilcockan Coshmore & Coshbride Lismore
Kilcockan Coshmore and Coshbride Lismore
Kilcop Gaultiere Waterford
Kilculliheen Gaultiere Waterford
Kilculliheen Gaultiere and Muni. Borough Waterford
Kilgobnet Decies without Drum Dungarvan
Kill St. Lawrence Gaultiere Waterford
Kill St. Nicholas Gaultiere Waterford
Killaloan Upperthird Clonmel
Killea Gaultiere Waterford
Killoteran Middlethird Waterford
Killure Gaultiere Waterford
Kilmacleague Gaultiere Waterford
Kilmacomb Gaultiere Waterford
Kilmeadan Middlethird Waterford
Kilmeadan Upperthird Carrick on Suir
Kilmolash Decies within Drum Dungarvan
Kilmolash Decies without Drum Dungarvan
Kilmolash Decies without Drum Lismore
Kilmoleran Upperthird Carrick on Suir
Kilronan Glenahiry Clogheen
Kilronan Glenahiry Clonmel
Kilronan Middlethird Waterford
Kilrossanty Decies without Drum Kilmacthomas
Kilrush Decies without Drum Dungarvan
Kilsheelan Upperthird Carrick on Suir
Kilsheelan Upperthird Clonmel
Kilwatermoy Coshmore & Coshbride Lismore
Kilwatermoy Coshmore and Coshbride Lismore
Kinsalebeg Decies within Drum Youghal
Kinsalebeg Decies without Drum Youghal
Leitrim Coshmore & Coshbride Lismore
Leitrim Coshmore and Coshbride Lismore
Lickoran Decies without Drum Lismore
Lisgenan or Grange Decies within Drum Youghal
Lismore & Mocollop Coshmore & Coshbride Lismore
Lismore & Mocollop Coshmore and Coshbride Lismore
Lisnakill Middlethird Waterford
Modelligo Decies without Drum Dungarvan
Modelligo Decies without Drum Lismore
Monamintra Gaultiere Waterford
Monksland Decies without Drum Kilmacthomas
Mothel Upperthird Carrick on Suir
Newcastle Decies without Drum Kilmacthomas
Newcastle Middlethird Waterford
Rathgormuck Upperthird Carrick on Suir
Rathgormuck Upperthird Clonmel
Rathmoylan Gaultiere Waterford
Reisk Middlethird Kilmacthomas
Reisk Middlethird Waterford
Ringagonagh Decies within Drum Dungarvan
Rossduff Gaultiere Waterford
Rossmire Decies without Drum Kilmacthomas
Rossmire Upperthird Kilmacthomas
Seskinan Decies without Drum Dungarvan
Seskinan Decies without Drum Lismore
St. John's Within Gaultiere Waterford
St. John's Within Waterford City Waterford
St. John's Without Gaultiere Waterford
St. John's Without Gaultiere and Muni. Borough Waterford
St. John's Without Waterford City Waterford
St. Mary's, Clonmel Upperthird Clonmel
St. Mary's, Clonmel Upperthird and Muni. Borough Clonmel
St. Michael's Waterford City Waterford
St. Olave's Waterford City Waterford
St. Patrick's Waterford City Waterford
St. Peter's Waterford City Waterford
St. Stephen's Within Waterford City Waterford
St. Stephen's Without Waterford City Waterford
Stradbally Decies without Drum Kilmacthomas
Tallow Coshmore & Coshbride Lismore
Tallow Coshmore and Coshbride Lismore
Templemichael Coshmore & Coshbride Youghal
Templemichael Coshmore and Coshbride Youghal
Trinity Within Waterford City Waterford
Trinity Without Middlethird Waterford
Trinity Without Middlethird and Muni. Borough Waterford
Trinity Without Waterford City Waterford
Trinity Without Waterford, Muni. Borough of Waterford
Waterford City Waterford City Waterford
Whitechurch Decies within Drum Dungarvan
Whitechurch Decies without Drum Dungarvan
Whitechurch Decies without Drum Lismore


De Breffny, Brian. The Family of Odell or O'Dell.  Article covers Genealogy of Odell Family, including pictures of thomas Bernard O'Dell with daughter Florence Barbara b. 1885,  Thomas 1822-1891, Charles O'Dell 1864-1935.  History includes who went to India, U.S.A. West Indies and Canada. The Waterford Branch covers years 1659-1904.  Also covers areas of Odell of Ballyhahill & Odellville, Ogonelloe, Co. Clare, C'Dell of Moyanna, Co. Leix, O'Dell of Listowe, Co. Kerry, O'Dell of Mahoonagh & Mondellihy, Co. Limerick. Article found in the Irish Ancestor vo.1.no2,1969. pages 114-144  held at Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i

Tuke, David R. M. The Family of Tuke.  Pictures and genealogy of Tuke, living in Bere, Kent with branches to Essex, Leinster, Navan, Co. Meath. Ballintemple and Newbridge Co. Wicklow, Drakestown Co. Meath, Bristol England, Waterford, Ceylon, Cameroons and Kenya. covering years 1390-1967, Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol. VI, no. 2, 1974 pages 67-72, Family History Library Ref. 941.5B2i v5-6.


1885 County Map: Courtesy of London Ancestor


Abstracts of Wills.  Article is a collection of Will Abstracts gathered from many sources, and includes Samuel GORDON of Spring Garden. 26 Aug. 1755, proved in the Prerogative Court, 23 July 1757.  Article found in The Irish Ancestor, vol.II, no.2, 1970 pages 117-127, Family History Library 941.5 B2i.

Also List of heirs for Pierse Barron of Fahagh, Co. Waterford, dated 13 Oct 1808. proved Prerog. 28 April 1812, in The Irish Ancestor, vol. VI. no.1. 1974, pages58-61, Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i vol.v5-6

 Web Sites

To view a list of Waterford web sites, visit or click on the following for some great sites.

GENUKI - Genuki

Websites - igp-web

- - iol

- Genealogy-of-uk

- Genealogy links

- Iirish pen pals

- Waterford Ireland

-Waterford Genweb