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Ancestry.com. Ireland, Select Catholic Death and Burial Registers, 1767-1912 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
Original data: Celtic Catholic Registers. Digitized images. Dublin, Ireland: E-Celtic, Limited.

About Ireland, Select Catholic Death and Burial Registers, 1767-1912

This collection includes Catholic death and burial registers from 19 parishes in Ireland, with dates ranging from 1767 to 1912 (noninclusive; coverage will vary by parish). The details found in burial registers vary but can include:

  • name of the deceased
  • age
  • date of death
  • burial date

Although the Church of Ireland was the established state church from 1536 to 1870, Ireland’s population remained overwhelmingly Roman Catholic. According to the 1861 census, almost 78 percent of the population was Catholic; by 1891, this had risen to 89 percent. This fact makes Catholic parish registers, where available, particularly valuable sources for Irish family history, both before and after civil registration began in 1864.

Registers from the following parishes are included in this collection:

  • Armagh
  • Ballina (Kilmoremoy)
  • Ballinakill
  • Baltinglass
  • Canice's (Finglas and St Margaret)
  • Carlingford
  • Carlingford and Omeath
  • Castleconnor
  • Cooley
  • Darver
  • Kilglass
  • Kill
  • Magherafelt
  • Mountrath
  • Portlaoise (Maryborough)
  • Rathvilly
  • Skreen and Dromard
  • Summerhill
  • Tinryland
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