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''[[Ireland Genealogy|Ireland]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Counties of Ireland]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''County Carlow'''
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'''County Carlow''' is one of twelve inland counties of [[Ireland]] in the southeast and is part of the province of '''Leinster'''. The County is named after the town of Carlow. Its greatest length is about 29 miles from north to south and its breadth from east to west is about 20.5 miles with an area of about 346 square miles (896.1 sq km).
 
 
Prior to the twelfth century, the County was part of the Ui Cinsealaigh territory, consisting of Carlow and parts of Wicklow and Wexford. The Normans invaded Carlow in the twelfth century and the land came into the possession of Strongbow, the Norman leader. The town of Carlow was an important Norman stronghold and was walled in 1361 to protect it from the neighboring Gaelic chieftains, who eventually captured the town in 1405. The County joined the Catholic Confederacy in 1641, which was defeated by Cromwell’s forces in 1650.
 
 
The Great Famine of 1845-1847 badly affected the County. The population fell from about 86,228 in 1841 to 68,078 in 1851. Ten thousand people died of starvation or other impacts of the Great Famine. The population continued to decrease reaching 34,476 in 1921. The population was 50,349 in 2006. Carlow is predominately Roman Catholic. In 1891, the percentage of Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Methodist was 88.3%, 10.9%, 0.3% and 0.4%. Overtime, the Roman Catholics increased to 88.8% in 2006, while the Church of Ireland, Presbyterians and Methodists decreased to 4.3%, 0.2% and 0.2%, respectively, with other or no religions increasing to about 5%.
 
 
== General Information about this county  ==
 
 
*The county of Carlow is an inland county of the province of Leinster and is bounded by Wicklow, Wexford, Kilkenny, Laois, and Kildare.
 
*The county is completely within the diocese of Leighlin. It is divided into the baronies of Carlow, Idrone East, Idrone West, St. Mullins North, St. Mullins South, Rathvilly, and Forth. The county contains the burough, market, and assize town of Carlow; the market and post-town of Tullow, Bagnalstown, and Leighlin-Bridge; the market-town of Hacketstown, and the post-twon of Clonegal. The largest villages in the county are Boris, Rathvilly, and the Royal Oak. The county courthouse and gaol are in Carlow.
 
*The county itself comprises an area of 219,863 acres, of which almost 200,000 is cultivated land. Carlow is almost exclusively an agricultural district with grains being the major crop.
 
 
Information provided by the 1847 edition of Samuel Lewis' "Topographical Dictionary of Ireland."
 
 
== General County Research Information  ==
 
 
Further information about County Carlow is available at:
 
 
[http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch.org]- click "All Record Collections"
 
 
[http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/irl/MAY/index.html GenUKI]  
 
 
[http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/irl/CAR/index.html GenUKICarlow] 
 
 
== Archives and Libraries  ==
 
 
'''Carlow Central Library'''<br>Tullow Street, Carlow<br>Telephone: 353-059-9136299<br>Fax: 353-059-9140548<br>E-mail: library@carlowcoco.ie<br>Website: www.carlowlibraries.ie<br>
 
 
'''Carlow Genealogy'''<br>Old School, College Street, Co. Carlow<br>Telephone: 353-503-30850<br>E-mail: carlowgenealogy@iolfree.ie<br>Website: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~irlcar2/ <br>
 
 
'''Tullow Library'''<br>Link Road, Tullow, Co. Carlow<br>Telephone: 353-059-9136299<br>Fax: 353-059-9140548<br><br>
 
 
== Cemeteries  ==
 
 
Doherty, Paul Martin. Tombstones of Some Irish Emigrants in the Catholic Cemetery at Andover, Massachussetts. Tombstones/Memorial Inscriptions including surname, Cully in 1865 and Lawler&nbsp; in 1870 of Co. Carlow. Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol. IV, no. 1. 1972 pages 23-26, Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i.
 
 
== '''Civil Jurisdictions''' and Parish Research Information  ==
 
 
A map of the Civil Parishes of County Carlow is available at [http://www.irishtimes.com/ancestor/fuses/civilparish/index.cfm?fuseaction=GetMap&CityCounty=Carlow&UserID= Irish Times] site.
 
 
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| colspan="2" style="text-align:center;background: #C8C8C8; font-size:14pt"|'''[[Ireland Genealogy|Ireland Wiki Topics]]'''
! width="30%" | [[B genealogical glossary terms|Barony]]
 
! width="30%" | [[P genealogical glossary terms|Poor Law Union]]
 
 
|-
 
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| [[Agha Civil Parish, County Carlow|Agha]]  
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| colspan="2" style="text-align:center; background: #F8F8F8; padding:14px; font-size:12pt"|[[File:Flag of Ireland.png|center|250px]]
| Idrone East
 
| Carlow
 
 
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| [[Aghade Civil Parish, County Carlow|Aghade]]
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| colspan="2" style="text-align:center; background: #C8C8C8; font-size:14pt"|'''Beginning Research'''
| Forth
 
| Carlow
 
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Aghade Civil Parish, County Carlow|Aghade]]  
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| colspan="2" |
| Forth
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*[[Ireland Research Tips and Strategies|Research Strategies]]  
| Enniscorthy
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*[[Ireland Record Selection Table|Record Finder]]
 
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| [[Ardoyne Civil Parish, County Carlow|Ardoyne]]  
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| colspan="2" style="text-align:center;background: #C8C8C8; font-size:14pt"|'''[[Ireland Genealogy|County Carlow<br>Wiki Topics]]'''
| Forth
 
| Carlow
 
 
|-
 
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| [[Ardoyne Civil Parish, County Carlow|Ardoyne]]  
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| Rathvilly
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*[[County Carlow Catholic Parishes|Catholic Parishes]]
| Shillelagh
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*[[County Carlow Civil Parishes|Civil Parishes]]
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*[[Ireland 1901 Carlow Census Townland Index|1901 Townland Index]]
 
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| [[Ardristan Civil Parish, County Carlow|Ardristan]]  
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| colspan="2" style="text-align:center; background: #C8C8C8; font-size:14pt"|'''Ireland Record Types'''
| Rathvilly
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| Carlow
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*[[Ireland Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
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*[[Ireland Census|Census]] 
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*[[Ireland Church Directories|Church Directories]]
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*[[Ireland Church Records|Church Records]]
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*[[Ireland Civil Registration- Vital Records|Civil Registration]] 
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*[[Ireland Court Records|Court Records]]
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*[[Ireland Directories|Directories]]
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*[[Ireland Emigration and Immigration|Emigration & Immigration]]
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*[[Ireland Compiled Genealogies|Genealogy]]
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*[[Ireland Heraldry|Heraldry]]
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*[[Ireland Land and Property|Land & Property]]
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*[[Ireland Military Records|Military Records]]
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*[[Ireland Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization & Citizenship]]
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*[[Ireland Newspapers|Newspapers]]
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*[[Ireland Nobility|Nobility]]
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*[[Ireland Occupations|Occupations]]
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*[[Ireland Online Genealogy Records|Online Records]]
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*[[Ireland Periodicals|Periodicals]]
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*[[Ireland Poorhouses, Poor Law, Etc|Poorhouses, Poor Law, Etc.]]
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*[[Ireland Probate Records|Probate Records]]
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*[[Ireland Record Loss|Record Loss]]
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*[[Ireland Schools|School Records]]
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*[[Ireland Taxation|Taxation]] 
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*[[Ireland Websites|Websites]]
 
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| [[Ballinacarrig Civil Parish, County Carlow|Ballinacarrig]]  
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| colspan="2" style="text-align:center; background: #C8C8C8; font-size:14pt"|'''Ireland Background'''
| Carlow
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| Carlow
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*[[Ireland Biography|Biography]]
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*[[Ireland Church History|Church History]]
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*[[Ireland Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]
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*[[Ireland History|History]]
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*[[Ireland Language and Languages|Languages]]
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*[[Ireland Maps|Maps]]
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*[[Ireland Names Personal|Names Personal]]
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*[[Ireland For Further Reading|For Further Reading]]
 
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|-
| [[Ballon Civil Parish, County Carlow|Ballon]]  
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| colspan="2" style="text-align:center; background: #C8C8C8; font-size:14pt"|'''Ireland Ethnicity'''
| Forth
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|-
| Carlow
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| colspan="2" style="vertical-align:top"|
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*[[Ireland Jewish Records|Jewish Records]]  
 
|-
 
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| [[Ballycrogue Civil Parish, County Carlow|Ballycrogue]]
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| colspan="2" style="text-align:center; background: #C8C8C8; font-size:14pt"|'''Ireland Local Research Resources'''
| Carlow
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| Carlow
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| colspan="2" style="vertical-align:top"|
|-
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*[[Ireland Archives and Libraries|Archives & Libraries]]
| [[Ballyellin Civil Parish, County Carlow|Ballyellin]]  
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*[[Ireland Societies|Societies]]
| Forth
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*[https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c=ireland Family History Centers]  
| Carlow
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{|
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Ballyellin Civil Parish, County Carlow|Ballyellin]]
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| style="padding-right:50px"|
| Idrone East
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[[Image:County Carlow.jpg|thumb]]  
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Ballyellin Civil Parish, County Carlow|Ballyellin]]
 
| Idrone East
 
| New Ross
 
|-
 
| [[Ballyellin Civil Parish, County Carlow|Ballyellin]]
 
| Idrone West
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Ballyellin Civil Parish, County Carlow|Ballyellin]]
 
| St. Mullin's Lower
 
| New Ross
 
|-
 
| [[Baltinglass Civil Parish, County Carlow|Baltinglass]]
 
| Rathvilly
 
| Baltinglass
 
|-
 
| [[Barragh Civil Parish, County Carlow|Barragh]]
 
| Forth
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Barragh Civil Parish, County Carlow|Barragh]]
 
| Forth
 
| Enniscorthy
 
|-
 
| [[Barragh Civil Parish, County Carlow|Barragh]]
 
| St. Mullin's Upper
 
| Shillelagh
 
|-
 
| [[Carlow Civil Parish, County Carlow|Carlow]]
 
| Carlow
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Clonmelsh Civil Parish, County Carlow|Clonmelsh]]
 
| Carlow
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Clonmore Civil Parish, County Carlow|Clonmore]]
 
| Rathvilly
 
| Shillelagh
 
|-
 
| [[Clonygoose Civil Parish, County Carlow|Clonygoose]]
 
| Idrone East
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Cloydagh Civil Parish, County Carlow|Cloydagh]]
 
| Carlow
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Cloydagh Civil Parish, County Carlow|Cloydagh]]
 
| Idrone West
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Crecrin Civil Parish, County Carlow|Crecrin]]
 
| Rathvilly
 
| Shillelagh
 
|-
 
| [[Dunleckny Civil Parish, County Carlow|Dunleckny]]
 
| Idrone East
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Fennagh Civil Parish, County Carlow|Fennagh]]
 
| Forth
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Fennagh Civil Parish, County Carlow|Fennagh]]
 
| Idrone East
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Fennagh Civil Parish, County Carlow|Fennagh]]
 
| Rathvilly
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Gilbertstown Civil Parish, County Carlow|Gilbertstown]]  
 
| Forth
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Grangeford Civil Parish, County Carlow|Grangeford]]
 
| Carlow
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Hacketstown Civil Parish, County Carlow|Hacketstown]]
 
| Rathvilly
 
| Shillelagh
 
|-
 
| [[Haroldstown Civil Parish, County Carlow|Haroldstown]]
 
| Rathvilly
 
| Shillelagh
 
|-
 
| [[Kellistown Civil Parish, County Carlow|Kellistown]]
 
| Carlow
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Kellistown Civil Parish, County Carlow|Kellistown]]
 
| Forth
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Killerrig Civil Parish, County Carlow|Killerrig]]
 
| Carlow
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Killinane Civil Parish, County Carlow|Killinane]]
 
| Idrone East
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Killinane Civil Parish, County Carlow|Killinane]]
 
| Idrone West
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Kiltegan Civil Parish, County Carlow|Kiltegan]]
 
| Rathvilly
 
| Baltinglass
 
|-
 
| [[Kiltennell Civil Parish, County Carlow|Kiltennell]]
 
| Idrone East
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Kiltennell Civil Parish, County Carlow|Kiltennell]]
 
| Idrone East
 
| New Ross
 
|-
 
| [[Kineagh Civil Parish, County Carlow|Kineagh]]
 
| Rathvilly
 
| Baltinglass
 
|-
 
| [[Lorum Civil Parish, County Carlow|Lorum]]
 
| Idrone East
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Moyacomb Civil Parish, County Carlow|Moyacomb]]
 
| St. Mullin's Upper
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Moyacomb Civil Parish, County Carlow|Moyacomb]]
 
| St. Mullin's Upper
 
| Shillelagh
 
|-
 
| [[Myshall Civil Parish, County Carlow|Myshall]]
 
| Forth
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Myshall Civil Parish, County Carlow|Myshall]]
 
| Idrone East
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Nurney Civil Parish, County Carlow|Nurney]]
 
| Carlow
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Nurney Civil Parish, County Carlow|Nurney]]
 
| Forth
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Nurney Civil Parish, County Carlow|Nurney]]
 
| Idrone East
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Oldleighlin Civil Parish, County Carlow|Oldleighlin]]
 
| Idrone West
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Painestown Civil Parish, County Carlow|Painestown]]
 
| Carlow
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Rahill Civil Parish, County Carlow|Rahill]]
 
| Rathvilly
 
| Baltinglass
 
|-
 
| [[Rathmore Civil Parish, County Carlow|Rathmore]]
 
| Rathvilly
 
| Baltinglass
 
|-
 
| [[Rathvilly Civil Parish, Count Carlow|Rathvilly]]
 
| Rathvilly
 
| Baltinglass
 
|-
 
| [[Sliguff Civil Parish, County Carlow|Sliguff]]
 
| Idrone East
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[St. Mullin's Civil Parish, County Carlow|St. Mullin's]]
 
| Bantry
 
| New Ross
 
|-
 
| [[St. Mullin's Civil Parish, County Carlow|St. Mullin's]]
 
| St. Mullin's Lower
 
| New Ross
 
|-
 
| [[Straboe Civil Parish, County Carlow|Straboe]]
 
| Rathvilly
 
| Baltinglass
 
|-
 
| [[Templepeter Civil Parish, County Carlow|Templepeter]]
 
| Forth
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Tullowcreen Civil Parish, County Carlow|Tullowcreen]]
 
| Idrone West
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Tullowmagimma Civil Parish, County Carlow|Tullowmagimma]]
 
| Carlow
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Tullowmagimma Civil Parish, County Carlow|Tullowmagimma]]
 
| Forth
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Tullowphelim Civil Parish, County Carlow|Tullowphelim]]
 
| Rathvilly
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Ullard Civil Parish, County Carlow|Ullard]]
 
| Idrone East
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Ullard Civil Parish, County Carlow|Ullard]]
 
| St. Mullin's Lower
 
| New Ross
 
|-
 
| [[Urglin Civil Parish, County Carlow|Urglin]]
 
| Carlow
 
| Carlow
 
|-
 
| [[Wells Civil Parish, County Carlow|Wells]]
 
| Idrone West
 
| Carlow
 
 
|}
 
|}
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'''County Carlow''' is one of twelve inland counties of [[Ireland Genealogy|Ireland]] in the southeast and is part of the province of '''Leinster'''. The County is named after the town of Carlow. Its greatest length is about 29 miles from north to south and its breadth from east to west is about 20.5 miles with an area of about 346 square miles (896.1 sq km).
  
== Genealogy  ==
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Prior to the twelfth century, the County was part of the Ui Cinsealaigh territory, consisting of Carlow and parts of Wicklow and Wexford. The Normans invaded Carlow in the twelfth century and the land came into the possession of Strongbow, the Norman leader. The town of Carlow was an important Norman stronghold and was walled in 1361 to protect it from the neighboring Gaelic chieftains, who eventually captured the town in 1405. The County joined the Catholic Confederacy in 1641, which was defeated by Cromwell’s forces in 1650.
  
Montague-Smith, Patrick.&nbsp; The Breretons of Carrigslaney, Co. Carlow and New Abbey Co. Kildare.&nbsp; Article has genealogy of the Breretons of Carrigslaney Co. Carlow and New Abbey Co. Kildare. covering years 1534-1899.&nbsp; Article found in The Irish Ancestor, vol.III.no1.1971 pages 10-26, Family History Ref. 941.5 B2i.  
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The Great Famine of 1845-1847 badly affected the County. The population fell from about 86,228 in 1841 to 68,078 in 1851. Ten thousand people died of starvation or other impacts of the Great Famine. The population continued to decrease reaching 34,476 in 1921. The population was 50,349 in 2006. Carlow is predominately Roman Catholic. In 1891, the percentage of Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Methodist was 88.3%, 10.9%, 0.3% and 0.4%. Overtime, the Roman Catholics increased to 88.8% in 2006, while the Church of Ireland, Presbyterians and Methodists decreased to 4.3%, 0.2% and 0.2%, respectively, with other or no religions increasing to about 5%.  
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== General Information about this county  ==
  
De Breffny, Brian. The Pembertons of Dublin. Pictures and Genealogy of Pemberton and descendants from the Pemberton Family Bible covering years 1731-1932. Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol. XI. no. 1. 1979, page 14-27, Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i v10-11
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*The county of Carlow is an inland county of the province of Leinster and is bounded by Wicklow, Wexford, Kilkenny, Laois, and Kildare.  
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*The county is completely within the diocese of Leighlin. The county contains the burough, market, and assize town of Carlow; the market and post-town of Tullow, Bagnalstown, and Leighlin-Bridge; the market-town of Hacketstown, and the post-town of Clonegal. The county courthouse and gaol are in Carlow.  
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*Carlow is almost exclusively an agricultural district.
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Information provided by the 1847 edition of Samuel Lewis' "Topographical Dictionary of Ireland."
  
== Societies ==
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== Civil Jurisdictions and Parish Research Information ==
  
'''Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society'''<br>http://www.carlowhistorical.com/<br>
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*List of [[County Carlow Civil Parishes]]
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*List of [[County Carlow Catholic Parishes]]
  
== &nbsp;Web Sites ==
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== Archives and Libraries ==
  
To view a list of Carlow web sites, visit [http://www.fhlfavorites.info/Links/British/Ireland/carlow.htm FHLFavorites.info] click on the following for some great sites.  
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'''Carlow Central Library'''<br>Tullow Street, Carlow<br>Telephone: 353-059-9136299<br>Fax: 353-059-9140548<br>E-mail: library@carlowcoco.ie<br>Website: www.carlowlibraries.ie<br>
  
GENUKI - [http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/irl/CAR/index.html UK/big/irl/CAR]
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'''Carlow Genealogy'''<br>Old School, College Street, Co. Carlow<br>Telephone: 353-503-30850<br>E-mail: carlowgenealogy@iolfree.ie<br>Website: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~irlcar2/ <br>
  
Websites - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~irlcar2/ Ancestry]
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'''Tullow Library'''<br>Link Road, Tullow, Co. Carlow<br>Telephone: 353-059-9136299<br>Fax: 353-059-9140548<br><br>
  
- [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~irlcar/ Ancestry]
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== Societies  ==
 
 
- [http://www.genealogy-of-uk.com/index.html Ireland/Carlow/genealogy]
 
 
 
- [http://www.genealogylinks.net/uk/ireland/carlow/ Genealogy links.UK/ireland/carlow]
 
  
- [http://www.irishpenpals.org/county-carlow-genealogy.php Irishpenpals county-carlow-genealogy]
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[http://www.carlowhistorical.com/ Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society]<br>
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P. O. Box<br>
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162, Carlow, Ireland <br>
  
- [http://www.irishroots.com/id4586.htm Irishroots]
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== &nbsp;Websites  ==
  
- [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~irlcar2/Site_index.htm Rootsweb ancestry irlcar2/Site index]
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*[http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/irl/CAR/index.html GENUKI County Carlow]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~irlcar2/ County Carlow Website, Ireland Genealogical Projcts]
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*[http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?board=53.0 RootsChat Carlow Resources and Help].
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~irlcar/ County Carlow Ireland GenWeb]
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*[http://www.genealogy-of-uk.com/Ireland/Carlow/genealogy.htm Genealogy of the UK, County Carlow]
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*[http://www.genealogylinks.net/uk/ireland/carlow/ Genealogy Links Carlow]
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*[http://www.irishpenpals.org/county-carlow-genealogy.php Irish Pen Pals Carlow County]
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*[http://www.irishroots.com/id4586.htm IrishRoots Carlow County]  
  
*[http://www.looking4kin.com/group/carlowgenealogy Looking 4 Kin Genealogy &amp; Family History Network - Carlow]
 
 
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County Carlow is one of twelve inland counties of Ireland in the southeast and is part of the province of Leinster. The County is named after the town of Carlow. Its greatest length is about 29 miles from north to south and its breadth from east to west is about 20.5 miles with an area of about 346 square miles (896.1 sq km).

Prior to the twelfth century, the County was part of the Ui Cinsealaigh territory, consisting of Carlow and parts of Wicklow and Wexford. The Normans invaded Carlow in the twelfth century and the land came into the possession of Strongbow, the Norman leader. The town of Carlow was an important Norman stronghold and was walled in 1361 to protect it from the neighboring Gaelic chieftains, who eventually captured the town in 1405. The County joined the Catholic Confederacy in 1641, which was defeated by Cromwell’s forces in 1650.

The Great Famine of 1845-1847 badly affected the County. The population fell from about 86,228 in 1841 to 68,078 in 1851. Ten thousand people died of starvation or other impacts of the Great Famine. The population continued to decrease reaching 34,476 in 1921. The population was 50,349 in 2006. Carlow is predominately Roman Catholic. In 1891, the percentage of Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Methodist was 88.3%, 10.9%, 0.3% and 0.4%. Overtime, the Roman Catholics increased to 88.8% in 2006, while the Church of Ireland, Presbyterians and Methodists decreased to 4.3%, 0.2% and 0.2%, respectively, with other or no religions increasing to about 5%. |}

General Information about this county

  • The county of Carlow is an inland county of the province of Leinster and is bounded by Wicklow, Wexford, Kilkenny, Laois, and Kildare.
  • The county is completely within the diocese of Leighlin. The county contains the burough, market, and assize town of Carlow; the market and post-town of Tullow, Bagnalstown, and Leighlin-Bridge; the market-town of Hacketstown, and the post-town of Clonegal. The county courthouse and gaol are in Carlow.
  • Carlow is almost exclusively an agricultural district.

Information provided by the 1847 edition of Samuel Lewis' "Topographical Dictionary of Ireland."

Civil Jurisdictions and Parish Research Information

Archives and Libraries

Carlow Central Library
Tullow Street, Carlow
Telephone: 353-059-9136299
Fax: 353-059-9140548
E-mail: library@carlowcoco.ie
Website: www.carlowlibraries.ie

Carlow Genealogy
Old School, College Street, Co. Carlow
Telephone: 353-503-30850
E-mail: carlowgenealogy@iolfree.ie
Website: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~irlcar2/

Tullow Library
Link Road, Tullow, Co. Carlow
Telephone: 353-059-9136299
Fax: 353-059-9140548

Societies

Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society
P. O. Box
162, Carlow, Ireland

 Websites