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The following information is a starting point for records about the civil parish of Carlow. The information is based on locations and records before 1922.


Historical Overview


The parish conrises the town of Carlow. The living is a rectory, in the diocese of Leighlin, and in the patronage of the Crown for two presentations, and of the Bishop for one.

The Roman Catholic parish is co-extensive with that of the Established Church, and is the benefice of the Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin.


The parish of Carlow is surrounded by the parishes of Ballinacarrig, Clonmelsh, Cloydagh, and Painstown, as well as the county of Leix. It is located in the poor law union of Carlow.

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The purpose of a census was to gather information about people who lived in an area. While the government began census taking in 1821, only fragments exist before 1901. Censuses for 1901 and 1911 are available. Read more about the records in the Ireland Census article.

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The Catholic parish of Carlow contains the civil parishes of Painestown, Carlow and part of Clonmelsh. The main chapel now serves as the cathedral church for the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin, Cathedral of the Assumption. There are at least two other chapels in the parish.

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Baptisms 1744-1889
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Church of Ireland
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Baptism, marriage, & burial entries for Budd and related families 1714-1863

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Baptisms 1695-1990
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Burials 1698-2001

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Society of Friends

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Baptisms 1607-1859
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Burials 1655-1860

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Civil Registration

Government registration of births and deaths began in 1864. Registration of Protestant marriages began in 1845, with all marriages being registered by 1864. Go to the Ireland Civil Registration article to read more about these records.


Moorhouse, B-Ann.  A Moorhouse Family of Dublin, Carlow and Kildare.  Pictures and genealogy of Moorehouse Family in Ireland, also Worcester Massachusetts, and New York. covering years 1672-1945. Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol. IX, no.1.1977 pages15-18. Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i vol.9.

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.

Land records

The Registry of Deeds started in 1708. Land transactions were recorded, including immovable property passed on in a will and property given to a daughter at her marriage. Read more about these records in the Ireland Land and Property article.

contributor. Ffolliott, Rosemary.  Co. Carlow Freeholders in 1767.  An early list of freeholders in County Carlow addressed to John Hyde on his being elected Knight of the Shire.  Article in The Irish Ancestor vol. XII. no. 1-2, pages46-47. FHL Ref. 941.5 B2i vol XII, 1-2.

Probate records

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School records

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Tax records

The valuation of property for tax purposes was started in the 1840s by Richard Griffith. A tax paid to the church, call Tithe Applotments, began in the 1820s. Read about these records in the Ireland Taxation and Ireland Land and Property articles. Add records for this parish that you know about.

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