Tuesday 14 December 2021

CavanTownlands.com adds detailed guides to the county's 22 towns

The founders of CavanTownlands.com, family historian Michael McShane and data scientist Catherine Kerr, have been very busy expanding and developing their site since I last wrote about it (here) in August.

With all 2,000 townlands in the county having their own individual page on the site, recent work has seen the addition of a dataset of census and census substitute records relating to 22 of the county's towns, each of which now has its own homepage where all the surviving 19th-century records for that locality can be viewed.

Find out about Virginia Town

Michael told IrishGenealogytNews: "The records include the 1821 census, which survives for 17 of the county's 36 parishes; Tithe Applotment Book records of c1832 covering most towns of the county; the 1841 census of the parish of Killashandra which covers the towns of Killashandra and Arvagh; and Griffith's Valuation covering most of the towns."

An historical map of most towns with townland boundary overlays has been included to help family or local historians in locating records. Other additions see lists of populations and numbers of houses in each town for each decade from 1821 to 1911, and a description of the town from Samuel Lewis's 1837 Directory.

Click the image, above right, to view a typical town homepage, in this case for Virginia.

There is also an overview and introduction to the site's Towns of Cavan pages, which gives a list of the towns, a guide to the records, and an overview to the records available for each.

Michael says the next stage in the site's development will see the 1901 and 1911 census records added.