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County Sligo (Irish: Contae Shligigh) is a county in Ireland. It is located in the province of Connacht. The county town is Sligo.


General County Research Information

Further information about County Sligo is available at the following web sites:

Archives and Libraries

Online resources:

  • Irish Times, also lists all county Heritage Centres' addresses


On-line Resources

1. Various headstones of County Sligo

2. John Grenham's site has some graveyard transcriptions

FHL Resources

The web site has a catalog to the extensive collections of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. several County Sligo parishes have churchyard transcriptions available on microfilm or in book form.

Church Records

Church of Ireland

The Representative Church Body Library has all surviving Church of Ireland registers. Some copies are held at:

  • the local parish
  • local archives and libraries
  • FHL (Family History Library) has few transcription copies of Church of Ireland parishes


The vast majority of Presbyterian chapel registers have never been centrally archived, and thus are found in various locations. [Regretably, preservation of these precious records and the rich Presbyterian heritage of local Presbyterians as well as descendants of same, at large whose roots originate from Ireland, are at risk unless and until such time as when these registers are all copied into at least microform or, better--a digitized format.]

You must conduct exhaustive, thorough studies to determine to which Presbyterian denomination your ancestor belonged; and to then, determine the whereabouts of surviving registers--if any. The following most likely places to find and search Presbyterian registers starts with checking the following locations:

  • the local Presbyterian congregation/church (if still in use)
  • distant Presbyterian chapels (if the local chapel closed)
  • town libraries
  • county archives/libraries
  • PRONI (Public Record Office of Northern Ireland)
  • The National Archives, Dublin
  • The National Library of Ireland


  1. The excellent rootsireland web site for County Sligo has some transcriptions from the "Presbyterian Circuit" dating from the year 1806.
  2. The FHL (Family History Library) has but few transcription copies of Presbyterian chapels


The rootsireland web site for County Sligo has some Methodist circuit transcriptions now available online from as early as 1819.

Roman Catholic

The FHL (Family History Library) has copies of some of the original Roman Catholic parish registers of County Sligo parishes in its collection. You can identify these listed online at If you know the name of the civil parish in which your Catholic ancestor resided, or was from, click "Catalog" and type in the name of the parish and then highlight/click on "Church Records".
The National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin, is the custodian of all available Roman Catholic parish registers from throughout the country--including County Sligo.

The web site has data from numerous Roman Catholic parishes now online for searching. There are fees attached (about $7 for each entry).

Useful Church Records Web Sites

  1. GenWeb Ireland - has numerous online links to data-rich lists of Sligo County families
  2. John Grenham's web site has several helpful links for Sligo names
  3. Sligo County Surname Query board is here
  4. CMCRP Project (Sligo) - has a few records for the county
  5. Civil Registration of births marriages and deaths for County Sligo, online, 1864, on
  6. Civil Registration of (Protestant) Marriages for Ireland - 1845-1864 online

Civil Jurisdictions and Parish Research Information

Civil Registration of Births, Marriages & Deaths

Government-sponsored registration of births, marriages and deaths began in 1845 (Protestant marriages only) and 1864 (whole population). To find information on the vital events of your irish ancestor, here are some helpful websites for obtaining critical information: - has online indexes for births, marriages and deaths; click "All Records Collections", then scroll down to and click "Ireland Civil Registration Indexes, 1845 to 1959".

2. To obtain certificates of birth, marriage or death for your ancestor[s], write to or contact the following record office; the cost is €20 (about $28) per certificate:

   General Register Office, Government Offices,
   Convent Road Roscommon.
   Tel: +353 (0) 90 6632900
   LoCall: 1890 252076
   Fax: +353 (0) 90 6632999
   Fax: +353 (0) 90 6632988

There are fees for performing particular searches; see their website for further information

Estate Records

Estate records may provide names of households in such records as leases, rents, and mortgages. These ought to be consulted and used when extant, especially when church registers do not exist for the time period being researched. Here are some web sites which hold estate records and some transcriptions of same:


Here are some 'gateway' web sites for County Sligo, worth visiting:

Storey, Anne M. The Rev. James Hopewell's Will.  An interesting English Will that provides information on some Irish Families - names included, Griffen, Holdsworth, Briggs, Kerr, Enroe, Francis, Hays, Barkworth, Robinson, Oak and Hawkland. Covers years 1773-1917. The Irish Ancestor, vol. XVI, no.2, pages 8-9. Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i.


1885 County Map: Courtesy of London Ancestor



Here are two important place-name aids/tools for locating your Irish place and its parish jurisdiction[s]:

  1. List of All Townlands, Towns and Townships in County Sligo. - click county "Sligo"; then click "Submit" to view a complete alphabetical listing of all townlands, towns and townships and the parishes in which they reside
  2. Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel A. Lewis; at - provides a rich 1837 historical perspective of each Ireland parish and large township; great for determining which churches existed in each parish--Church of Ireland or Nonconformist


Family history societies often publish helpful journals, transcripts, compiled genealogies and host helpful websites. They may have ongoing projects to transcribe records and create indexes. Most societies publish queries in their journals and maintain lists of members’ research interests that may be helpful to you. You may want to join one of these societies, reap the benefits of their expertise and resources or support its efforts.


Strutt, Hon. Guy. Entries From The Bible of Mrs. Robert Gordon.  Article contains 10 entries of births and deaths from the Bible of Mrs. Robert Gordon, including places Fort William, Edinburgh, Scotland, Dublin, Corke, and Sligo,. years 1748-1764. Article in The Irish Ancestor,vol.III no.1, 1971 pages 51-52, Family History Ref. 941.5 B2i

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