Thursday 30 April 2020

15,000 records join West Cork Graveyards database

Wonderful news in from Skibbereen Heritage Centre for all those with connections to South West Cork.

The team at the centre, which is currently closed to the public, has uploaded  15,000 more burial records to its exclusive West Cork Graveyards Database. They are free to search and have been transcribed from burial registers made available by Cork County Council.
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The Database now holds transcriptions from registers for the following burial grounds: Abbeymahon, Abbeystrowry, Allihies, Ardagh, Ballymoney, Ballynacalla, Bawnaknockane, Brade, Cahermore (Allihies), Castlehaven Old, Castlehaven New Cemetery, Castletown Kinneigh, Coronea (St Patrick’s Skibbereen), Drimoleague, Dunbeacon, Dunmanway, Durrus, Fanlobbus, Kilheangul (near Schull), Kilbarry, Kilcaskan, Kilcoe, Kilmacabea, Kilmichael, Kilmoe, Lisavaird, Lisheen, Rathbarry, Ross Abbey, Schull, Sherkin Island, Stouke, Tullagh and Whiddy Island.

Additionally, the Cape Clear funeral register has been transcribed, as have more than 2,000 records from the Skibbereen Funeral Register, which details burials in a number of graveyards in the area. The latter was transcribed by Patricia, one of the Centre's volunteers. 

These burial register records are held in the database with records from the West Cork Graveyard Survey of nine local burial grounds - Abbeymahon, Aughadown Upper and Lower, Caheragh, Chapel Lane Skibbereen, Creagh ’1810’ and Old, Drimoleague, Drinagh, Dunbeacon, and three graveyards at Kilcoe. These include headstone photos and transcriptions.

You may also find a new video tutorial useful for getting the best out of the database.