Friday 23 May 2014

Irish Ancestors hones in on registrar districts

Click image to view interactive map
Click image to view interactive map
John Grenham's Irish Ancestors database on the Irish Times website has had another very useful upgrade this week.

It's now possible to view a list of all townlands/place-names within any local registrar's district.

If you select a Poor Law Union/Superintendent Registrar's District from this interactive map (click image), you'll see a list of all place-names within that District (with their corresponding parish name), plus a list of the local registrars' districts. If you click on the latter, you'll find a list of all the place-names within just that local district of the PLU/SRD.

So, for example, in Clonakilty Poor Law Union (Cork), there are three local districts: Clonakilty, Rosscarberry and Timoleague.

Checking through each local district's list I can see that my father's family living in Tullyneaskey East would have registered bmds in Rosscarberry until they moved to the neighbouring townland in Curragh when they'd have crossed the boundary for the Clonakilty local registrar's district.

Another very helpful addition to the free resource section of the site.