County Galway, Ireland Genealogy

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General County Research Information

Further information about County Galway is available at the GenUKI site.

Archives and Libraries

Online resources:

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


A nation-wide compilation of headstones was created some years ago. Visit the Family History Library Catalog (online) under "Ireland" and Cemetery records - Indexes" for availability.

Church Records

Church of Ireland

The Representative Church Body Library has just about all surviving Church of Ireland registers from the 1922 Four Courts, Dublin fire. Some transcript copies are held at:

  • the local parish
  • local archives and libraries
  • FHL (Family History Library) 


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 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 Galway currently has one Presbyterian chapel register with data now available online from 1833.
  2. The FHL (Family History Library) has but few transcription copies of Presbyterian chapels


The rootsireland web site for County Galway has some Methodist data now available online for about 4 different chapels in the county from as early as 1836.

Roman Catholic

The FHL (Family History Library) has copies of some of the original Roman Catholic parish registers of County Galway 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 Galway.

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

Civil Jurisdictions and Parish Research Information

A map of the Civil Parishes of County Galway is available at Irish Times site.

Civil Parish Barony Poor Law Union
Abbeygormacan Leitrim Loughrea
Abbeygormacan Longford Ballinasloe
Abbeygormacan Longford Loughrea
Abbeygormacan Longford Portumna
Abbeyknockmoy Clare Galway
Abbeyknockmoy Clare Tuam
Abbeyknockmoy Tiaquin Tuam
Addergoole Dunmore Tuam
Ahascragh Clonmacnowen Ballinasloe
Ahascragh Clonmacnowen Mountbellew
Ahascragh Kilconnell Ballinasloe
Ahascragh Kilconnell Mountbellew
Ahascragh Killian Ballinasloe
Ahascragh Killian Mountbellew
Annaghdown Clare Galway
Annaghdown Clare Tuam
Ardrahan Dunkellin Gort
Ardrahan Dunkellin Loughrea
Ardrahan Kiltartan Gort
Ardrahan Loughrea Gort
Ardrahan Loughrea Loughrea
Athenry Athenry Galway
Athenry Athenry Loughrea
Athenry Clare Galway
Athenry Dunkellin Galway
Athleague Killian Mountbellew
Aughrim Clonmacnowen Ballinasloe
Aughrim Kilconnell Ballinasloe
Ballinchalla Ross Ballinrobe
Ballindoon Ballynahinch Clifden
Ballinrobe Ross Ballinrobe
Ballymacward Kilconnell Ballinasloe
Ballymacward Kilconnell Mountbellew
Ballymacward Tiaquin Ballinasloe
Ballymacward Tiaquin Loughrea
Ballymacward Tiaquin Mountbellew
Ballynacourty Dunkellin Galway
Ballynakill Ballymoe Glennamaddy
Ballynakill Ballynahinch Clifden
Ballynakill Killian Mountbellew
Ballynakill Leitrim Loughrea
Ballynakill Leitrim Portumna
Beagh Kiltartan Gort
Belclare Clare Tuam
Boyounagh Ballymoe Glennamaddy
Boyounagh Tiaquin Glennamaddy
Bullaun Loughrea Loughrea
Cargin Clare Tuam
Claregalway Clare Galway
Claregalway Dunkellin Galway
Clonbern Ballymoe Glennamaddy
Clonbern Ballymoe Tuam
Clonfert Longford Ballinasloe
Clonfert Longford Portumna
Clonkeen Tiaquin Loughrea
Clonkeen Tiaquin Mountbellew
Clonrush Leitrim Scarriff
Clontuskert Clonmacnowen Ballinasloe
Clontuskert Longford Ballinasloe
Cong Ross Oughterard
Cummer Clare Tuam
Donaghpatrick Clare Tuam
Donanaghta Longford Portumna
Drumacoo Dunkellin Galway
Drumacoo Dunkellin Gort
Drumatemple Ballymoe Glennamaddy
Dunamon Ballymoe Roscommon
Duniry Leitrim Loughrea
Duniry Leitrim Portumna
Duniry Longford Loughrea
Dunmore Ballymoe Glennamaddy
Dunmore Ballymoe Tuam
Dunmore Dunmore Tuam
Fahy Longford Portumna
Feakle Tulla Upper Scarriff
Fohanagh Clonmacnowen Ballinasloe
Fohanagh Kilconnell Ballinasloe
Fohanagh Kilconnell Mountbellew
Grange Kilconnell Loughrea
Grange Loughrea Loughrea
Inishcaltra Leitrim Scarriff
Inisheer Aran Galway
Inishmaan Aran Galway
Inishmore Aran Galway
Isertkelly Loughrea Loughrea
Kilbarron Leitrim Scarriff
Kilbeacanty Kiltartan Gort
Kilbegnet Ballymoe Glennamaddy
Kilbegnet Ballymoe Roscommon
Kilbennan Dunmore Tuam
Kilchreest Dunkellin Loughrea
Kilchreest Loughrea Loughrea
Kilclooney Clonmacnowen Ballinasloe
Kilcloony Clonmacnowen Ballinasloe
Kilcolgan Dunkellin Gort
Kilconickny Athenry Loughrea
Kilconickny Dunkellin Loughrea
Kilconickny Loughrea Loughrea
Kilconierin Athenry Loughrea
Kilconierin Dunkellin Loughrea
Kilconierin Loughrea Loughrea
Kilconla Dunmore Tuam
Kilconnell Kilconnell Ballinasloe
Kilcooly Leitrim Loughrea
Kilcoona Clare Tuam
Kilcroan Ballymoe Glennamaddy
Kilcummin Moycullen Galway
Kilcummin Moycullen Oughterard
Kilgerrill Clonmacnowen Ballinasloe
Kilgerrill Kilconnell Ballinasloe
Kilkerrin Tiaquin Glennamaddy
Kilkilvery Clare Tuam
Killaan Kilconnell Ballinasloe
Killaan Kilconnell Loughrea
Killaan Loughrea Loughrea
Killallaghtan Clonmacnowen Ballinasloe
Killallaghtan Kilconnell Ballinasloe
Killannin Moycullen Galway
Killannin Moycullen Oughterard
Killeany Clare Tuam
Killeely Dunkellin Gort
Killeenadeema Loughrea Loughrea
Killeenavarra Dunkellin Gort
Killeeneen Dunkellin Gort
Killeeneen Dunkellin Loughrea
Killererin Ballymoe Tuam
Killererin Clare Tuam
Killererin Dunmore Tuam
Killererin Tiaquin Tuam
Killeroran Killian Mountbellew
Killian Killian Mountbellew
Killimorbologue Longford Portumna
Killimordaly Athenry Loughrea
Killimordaly Kilconnell Loughrea
Killimordaly Tiaquin Loughrea
Killinan Dunkellin Loughrea
Killinan Loughrea Loughrea
Killinny Kiltartan Gort
Killogilleen Dunkellin Loughrea
Killogilleen Loughrea Loughrea
Killora Dunkellin Loughrea
Killoran Clonmacnowen Ballinasloe
Killoran Leitrim Loughrea
Killoran Longford Ballinasloe
Killoscobe Tiaquin Mountbellew
Killosolan Kilconnell Mountbellew
Killosolan Tiaquin Mountbellew
Killower Clare Tuam
Killursa Clare Tuam
Kilmacduagh Kiltartan Gort
Kilmalinoge Longford Portumna
Kilmeen Leitrim Loughrea
Kilmeen Loughrea Loughrea
Kilmoylan Clare Tuam
Kilquain Longford Portumna
Kilreekill Leitrim Ballinasloe
Kilreekill Leitrim Loughrea
Kiltartan Kiltartan Gort
Kilteskill Leitrim Loughrea
Kilteskill Loughrea Loughrea
Kilthomas Kiltartan Gort
Kilthomas Kiltartan Loughrea
Kilthomas Loughrea Gort
Kilthomas Loughrea Loughrea
Kiltormer Longford Ballinasloe
Kiltullagh Athenry Loughrea
Kiltullagh Kilconnell Loughrea
Kinvarradoorus Kiltartan Gort
Lackagh Clare Galway
Lackagh Clare Tuam
Leitrim Leitrim Loughrea
Lickerrig Athenry Loughrea
Lickerrig Dunkellin Loughrea
Lickerrig Loughrea Loughrea
Lickmolassy Longford Portumna
Liskeevy Dunmore Tuam
Loughrea Loughrea Loughrea
Meelick Longford Portumna
Monivea Clare Galway
Monivea Kilconnell Loughrea
Monivea Tiaquin Galway
Monivea Tiaquin Loughrea
Monivea Tiaquin Tuam
Moycullen Moycullen Galway
Moylough Killian Mountbellew
Moylough Tiaquin Glennamaddy
Moylough Tiaquin Mountbellew
Moylough Tiaquin Tuam
Moyrus Ballynahinch Clifden
Omey Ballynahinch Clifden
Oranmore Dunkellin Galway
Oranmore Galway Galway
Rahoon Borough of Galway Galway
Rahoon Galway Galway
Rahoon Moycullen Galway
Ross Ross Ballinrobe
Ross Ross Oughterard
St. Nicholas Borough of Galway Galway
St. Nicholas Galway Galway
Stradbally Dunkellin Galway
Stradbally Dunkellin Gort
Taghboy Killian Mountbellew
Templetogher Ballymoe Glennamaddy
Tiranascragh Longford Portumna
Tuam Ballymoe Tuam
Tuam Clare Tuam
Tuam Dunmore Tuam
Tynagh Leitrim Loughrea
Tynagh Leitrim Portumna
Tynagh Longford Portumna

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 €10 (about $13) 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 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 Galway. - click county "Galway"; 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.

Web Sites

To view a list of Galway web sites, visit for some great sites.