County Wexford, Ireland Genealogy

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Wexford is part of the province of Leinster on the south-east coast of Ireland. Wexford is named after the City of Wexford which was named by the old Norse word Waesjord, meaning inlet or bay of washed mud flats. The county covers about 909 square miles (2,352 sq km). Its length is 55 miles from the south-west boundary of Arklow (County Wicklow) to Hook Head. Its breadth is 29 miles from Greenore Point to New Ross.

Settlements in Wexford are shown on maps dated in the second century.  The Norse Vikings established the town of Wexford in the ninth or tenth century as a trading settlement.  The Norse were eventually driven out of this area to the area around Rosslare where they gradually were assimilated into the local population.  They were replaced by the steady influx of Normans, Flemish, French and Welsh.  The first Norman invasion was in 1169.  In 1610, there was a small plantation of English settlers in northern part of the county.

Wexford was part of the Confederacy of Irish Catholics who rebelled in 1641 which led to Oliver Cromwell besieging Wexford in 1649. On their surrender, the lands of the chief leaders of the rebellion were confiscated. Many were transported to the West Indies or forced to move west of the Shannon. The confisgated lands were given to those supporting the English Parliament or to Cromwell’s officers and soldiers as payment. Later, many English families were brought to Enniscorthy in 1661 to work at the iron works. In the 1798 rebellion of the United Irishment, the county was a major center. A large army of the United Irishmen took control of Wexford and Enniscorty and controlled the county.

The population was 170,806 in 1821 and grew to 202,033 in 1841. It was affected less by the potato famine than most counties. Its population only decreased to 180,158 in 1851. The population, however, continued to decrease until it was only 95,848 in 1926. In 2006, the population was 131,749. The predominant religion in the county is Roman Catholic. In 1871, 90.7% of the population were Roman Catholic followed by the Church of Ireland at 8.5% with 0.3% each being Presbyterian and Methodists. Overtime there has been a slight increase in the percentage of Roman Catholic to 94.0% in 1926. In 1926, the Church of Ireland decreased to 5.3% with 0.15% and 0.23% being Presbyterian and Methodist, respectively.

General Information about this county

  • The county of Wexford is a maritime county of the province of Leinster bounded by Wicklow, Carlow, Kilkenny, and Waterford.
  • The county, with the exception of two parishes (which are in the diocese of Dublin), is entirely within the diocese of Ferns. The county is divided into the baronies of Ballaghkeen, Bantry, Bargy, Forth, Gorey, Scarawalsh, Shelbourne, and Shelmalier. The county contains the ancient episcopal town of Ferns; the borough and market-towns of Wexford and New Ross; the market and post-towns of Gorey, Enniscorthy, Newtownbarry, and the disfranchised borough of Fethard; and the post-towns of Arthurstown, Broadway, ClonegalCamolin, Taghmon. The smaller villages or penny posts are Ballycarny, Bannow, Bridgetown, Duncannon, Kyle, and Oulart.
  • In the eastern and southern districts of County Wexford, the temperature is milder because of their proximety to the sea.
  • The major crops are potatoes, barley, oats, beans, and clover.
  • Previously, the manufacture of coarse woolen cloth was important throughout the county, particularly in and around Tintern. The industry eventually died out.

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

General County Research Information

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

Archives and Libraries

County Wexford Heritage and Genealogy Centre
Yola Farmstead, Tagoat, County Wexford
Telephone: 353-53-9132610
Fax: 353-53-9132612
E-mail: wexgen@eircom

Wexford County Library
Teach Shionoid, Abbey Street, Wexford, County Wexford
Telephone: 353-53-21637
Fax: 353-53-21641

Wexford Town Public Library
McCauley's Car Park (off Redmond Square), Wexford, County Wexford
Telephone: 353-53-91211637
Fax: 353-53-9121641

Civil Jurisdictions and Parish Research Information

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

A map of the Catholic Parishes of County Wexford is available at the Irish Times site.

Civil Parish - Church of Ireland

Barony Poor Law Union Catholic Parish[1] Catholic Diocese[1]
Adamstown Bantry New Ross Adamstown Ferns
Ambrosetown Bargy Wexford part Bannow; part Rathangan Ferns
Ardamine Ballaghkeen Gorey Ballygarrett Ferns
Ardcandrisk Shelmaliere West Wexford Glynn Ferns
Ardcavan Shelmaliere East Wexford Castlebridge Ferns
Ardcolm Shelmaliere East Wexford Castlebridge Ferns
Artramon Shelmaliere East Wexford Crossabeg Ferns
Ballingly Shelmaliere West Wexford Ballymitty Ferns
Ballyanne Bantry New Ross New Ross Ferns
Ballybrazil Shelburne New Ross Suttons Ferns
Ballybrennan Forth Wexford Tagoat Ferns
Ballycanew Gorey Gorey Camolin Ferns
Ballycarney Scarawalsh Enniscorthy Ferns Ferns
Ballyconnick Bargy Wexford Rathangan Ferns
Ballyhoge Bantry Enniscorthy Bree Ferns
Ballyhoge Shelmaliere West Enniscorthy
Ballyhuskard Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy part Oylegate; part Oulart Ferns
Ballylannan Shelmaliere West New Ross Clongeen Ferns
Ballymitty Shelmaliere West Wexford Bannow or Carrick-on-Bannow Ferns
Ballymore Forth Wexford Ballymore Ferns
Ballynaslaney Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy Oylegate Ferns
Ballynaslaney Shelmaliere East Enniscorthy
Ballyvaldon Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy Blackwater Ferns
Ballyvalloo Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy Blackwater Ferns
Bannow Bargy Wexford Bannow or Carrick-on-Barrow Ferns
Carn Forth Wexford Lady's Island Ferns
Carnagh Bantry New Ross Carnagh Ferns
Carnew Gorey Gorey Carnew Ferns
Carnew Gorey Shillelagh
Carnew Scarawalsh Gorey
Carrick Shelmaliere West Wexford Glynn Ferns
Castle-ellis Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy part Oulart; part Blackwater Ferns
Chapel Bantry Enniscorthy Glynn Ferns
Clone Scarawalsh Enniscorthy Monageer Ferns
Clongeen Shelmaliere West New Ross Clongeen Ferns
Clongeen & Horetown Shelmaliere West New Ross Clongeen Ferns
Clonleigh Bantry New Ross Killegney Ferns
Clonmines Shelburne New Ross Tintern Ferns
Clonmore Bantry Enniscorthy Bree; part Davidstown Ferns
Clonmore Shelmaliere East Enniscorthy
Clonmore Shelmaliere West Enniscorthy
Coolstuff Shelmaliere West Wexford part Glynn; part Taghmon Ferns
Crosspatrick Gorey Gorey Tomacork Ferns
Donaghmore Ballaghkeen Gorey Ballygarrett Ferns
Donaghmore Gorey Gorey
Donaghmore Upper Talbotstown Baltinglass
Doonooney Bantry Wexford part Taghmon; part Bree Ferns
Drinagh Forth Wexford Piercestown Ferns
Duncormick Bargy Wexford Rathangan Ferns
Edermine Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy Oylegate ferns
Ferns Gorey Enniscorthy
Ferns Scarawalsh Enniscorthy
Ferns Scarawalsh Gorey
Fethard Shelburne New Ross
Hook Shelburne New Ross
Horetown Shelmaliere West New Ross
Inch Gorey Gorey
Inch Shelmaliere West New Ross
Ishartmon Forth Wexford
Kerloge Forth Wexford
Kilbride Scarawalsh Enniscorthy
Kilbride Scarawalsh Gorey
Kilbrideglynn Shelmaliere West Wexford
Kilcavan Ballaghkeen Gorey
Kilcavan Bargy New Ross
Kilcavan Bargy Wexford
Kilcavan Gorey Gorey
Kilcomb Scarawalsh Gorey
Kilcormick Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy
Kilcormick Ballaghkeen Gorey
Kilcormick Gorey Enniscorthy
Kilcowan Bargy Wexford
Kilcowan Bargy Wexford
Kilcowanmore Bantry Enniscorthy
Kildavin Forth Wexford
Kilgarvan Shelmaliere West New Ross
Kilgorman Gorey Gorey
Killag Bargy Wexford
Killann Bantry Enniscorthy
Killegney Bantry Enniscorthy
Killegney Bantry Mountmellick
Killenagh Ballaghkeen Gorey
Killesk Shelburne New Ross
Killiane Forth Wexford
Killila Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy
Killincooly Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy
Killincooly Ballaghkeen Gorey
Killinick Forth Wexford
Killisk Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy
Killurin Shelmaliere West Enniscorthy
Killurin Shelmaliere West Wexford
Kilmacree Forth Wexford
Kilmakilloge Ballaghkeen Gorey
Kilmakilloge Gorey Gorey
Kilmallock Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy
Kilmanman Bargy Wexford
Kilmanman Bargy Wexford
Kilmokea Shelburne New Ross
Kilmore Bargy Wexford
Kilmuckridge Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy
Kilmuckridge Ballaghkeen Gorey
Kilnahue Gorey Gorey
Kilnamanagh Ballaghkeen Gorey
Kilnenor Gorey Gorey
Kilpatrick Shelmaliere East Enniscorthy
Kilpatrick Shelmaliere East Wexford
Kilpipe Gorey Gorey
Kilrane Forth Wexford
Kilrush Scarawalsh Enniscorthy
Kilscanlan Bantry New Ross
Kilscoran Forth Wexford
Kiltennell Ballaghkeen Gorey
Kiltrisk Ballaghkeen Gorey
Kiltrisk Gorey Gorey
Kilturk Bargy Wexford
Ladysisland Forth Wexford
Liskinfere Gorey Gorey
Maudlintown Forth Wexford
Mayglass Forth Wexford
Meelnagh Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy
Meelnagh Ballaghkeen Gorey
Monamolin Ballaghkeen Gorey
Monamolin Gorey Gorey
Monart Scarawalsh Enniscorthy
Moyacomb Scarawalsh Enniscorthy
Moyacomb Scarawalsh Shillelagh
Moyne Ballinacor South Shillelagh
Mulrankin Bargy Wexford
Newbawn Bantry New Ross
Newbawn Shelmaliere West New Ross
Oldross Bantry New Ross
Owenduff Shelburne New Ross
Rathaspick Forth Wexford
Rathmacknee Forth Wexford
Rathroe Shelburne New Ross
Rossdroit Bantry Enniscorthy
Rosslare Forth Wexford
Rossminoge Gorey Gorey
Skreen Ballaghkeen Wexford
Skreen Shelmaliere East Wexford
St. Bridget's Forth Wexford
St. Doologe's Forth Wexford
St. Helen's Forth Wexford
St. Iberius Forth Wexford
St. James & Dunbrody Shelburne New Ross
St. James & Dunbrody Shelburne New Ross
St. John's Bantry Enniscorthy
St. John's Forth Wexford
St. Margaret's Ballaghkeen Wexford
St. Margaret's Forth Wexford
St. Margaret's Shelmaliere East Wexford
St. Mary's Bantry New Ross
St. Mary's Forth Wexford
St. Mary's, Enniscorthy Scarawalsh Enniscorthy
St. Mary's, Newtownbarry Scarawalsh Enniscorthy
St. Michael's Forth Wexford
St. Michael's of Feagh Forth Wexford
St. Mullin's Bantry New Ross
St. Nicholas Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy
St. Patrick's Forth Wexford
St. Peter's Forth Wexford
St. Peters Forth Wexford
St. Selskar's Forth Wexford
Tacumshin Forth Wexford
Taghmon Bargy Wexford
Taghmon Shelmaliere West New Ross
Taghmon Shelmaliere West Wexford
Tellarought Shelburne New Ross
Templeludigan Bantry New Ross
Templescoby Bantry Enniscorthy
Templeshanbo Scarawalsh Enniscorthy
Templeshannon Ballaghkeen Enniscorthy
Templeshannon Scarawalsh Enniscorthy
Templetown Shelburne New Ross
Tikillin Shelmaliere East Wexford
Tintern Shelburne New Ross
Tomhaggard Bargy Wexford
Toome Gorey Gorey
Toome Scarawalsh Gorey
Whitechurch Bantry New Ross
Whitechurch Shelburne New Ross
Whitechurchglynn Bantry Wexford
Whitechurchglynn Shelmaliere West Wexford


Philippa Torlonia Di Civitella Cessi. A Wexford Lady and Her Daughters On The Continent.  Article is the history and Genealogy of William Talbot of Castle Talbot, Co Wexford, and John O'Toole History.  Much of the genealogy is in Europe.  Covers years 1793-1858. Article found in The Irish Ancestor, Vol IV, no 2. 1972, Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i

De Breffny, Brian. Gurly of Wexford and Carlow. The Maternal Lineage of George Bernard Shaw. Genealogy of Gurley of Wexford, Carlow covering years 1691-1821. article in The Irish Ancestor vol.X. no.2, 1978, pages 69-73. Family History Library Salt Lake City Ref. 941.5 B2i vol. 10-11.

de Breffny, Brian. The Pembertons of Dublin. Pictures and Genealogy of Pemberton and descendants from the Pemberton Family Bible covering years 1731-1932. Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol. XI. no. 1. 1979, page 14-27, Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i v10-11


1885 County Map: Courtesy of London Ancestor


Ffolliott, Rosemary.  Some Connecting Links between Ireland and the New World from Old Newspapers. Article contains alphabetical listings of births, marriages and deaths in the Munster newspapers, covering U.S.A, Canada, West Indies and England. Article found in The Irish Ancestor, vol 2, no. 1, 1970 pages 62-69.  Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i


Abstracts of Some Neale and O'Neill Wills, Administrations and Marriage Licence Bonds from the Diocese of Ferns. Article covers the above title, from years 1621-1816.  Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol.XI. Nol.1. 1979, pages 27-30, Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i vol.10-11.

Abstract of Wills.  List of Wills Abstracts for Beatly, Brock, Geoghegan, Gordon, Kirwin, O'Neil, Phaire, Rakestrow, Sarsfield, Slator, Weekes and Wolfe - written and proved in various counties covering years 1686-1837. The Irish Ancestor, vol. XIII, no. 1. 1981 pages 63-72, FHL Ref. 941.5 B2i v1


Bannow Historical Society

Taghmon Historical Society

Wexford Family History Society
24 Parklands, Wexford, County Wexford

Wexford Historical Society

 Web Sites

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

GENUKI - genuki

Websites - Genealogy-of-uk

- Irish times

- Rootsweb

- Rootsweb.ancestry

- Homepage

- Kilmore genealogy

- Genealogy links

- Irish pen pals

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