Carlow Genealogy Tours

Finding the Correct Church

Having found the Townland we must now find not just the Civil Parish identified on your records but the correct Church. On your records you may see a Civil Parish this most likely is not the Church your Family used for Marriage/Baptisms and weekly use.

An Example

As an example take County Meath there are 146 Civil Parishes in County Meath. Your Families Church may be Culmullin it is bordered by 7 different Parishes but it is also in the Parish of Dunshaughlin. Your records may say Parish of Dunshaughlin but your Ancestors Parish and church they used for important events is actually 10 Miles away at Cullmullin. To Compound the issue there are 5 Baronies in Meath with the word Rath and 47 Townlands with the word Rath included. 

Finding the correct Graveyard

Finding the correct Graveyard for your family for the Townland. Again an example a Parish like Dunshaughlin may have 10 Graveyards in Fact the Parish of Cullmullin above which is in the Civil Parish off Dunshaughlin has 3 Graveyards alone one for 1700 one for 1800s and a Modern graveyard.

Again this is our responsibility to find the Correct Graveyard for your Church and your families Townland.

Finding Relatives and Neighbours of your Family

At My Ireland Heritage our Data Base allows us to find the exact Location of your Families house in the 1800s. Once we travel her on your Behalf we will know very quickly if the family are still in the vicinity. In fact even if they are not we have the knowledge to know if the neighbours who may be there for 200 years are also still in the Vicinity.

  • Carlow has 7 Baronies
  • Carlow has 48 Civil Parishes
  • Carlow has 54 Electoral Divisions
  • Carlow has 603 Townlands
  • Carlow has 5 sub townlands

Carlow

The Brownshill Dolmen is a megalithic portal tomb situated, in County Carlow, Ireland. The capstone at Brownshill, weighing an estimated 100 metric tons, is reputed to be the heaviest in Europe. The tomb is listed as a National Monument.

It was built between 4000 and 3000 BC by some of the earliest farmers to inhabit the island. There are 180 of these Portal Dolmens (From the French meaning Table) mostly in the Northern part of the Island and are built just after the period of Newgrange (see our Historical County Meath Tour) It is also known as Brownshill Portal Tomb, so-called because the entrance to the burial chamber was flanked by two large upright stones supporting the granite capstone, or roof, of the chamber. The capstone is thought to have been covered by an earthen mound and a gate stone blocked the entrance.

Family Dynasties 1500-1600 AD

•          Irish –O’Moore
•          Norman – De Lacey, Le Gros , Riddelsford, Alyward
•          Scottish – None

County Carlow – Things to do and may be possible to include within your Ancestral Townland Experience Tour

·      Ireland’s Ancient East
·      Carlow County Museum and Genealogy records
·      Ducketts Grove Castle
·      Brownshill Dolmen
·      County Carlow Military Museum
·      Cathedral of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary
·      Oak Park Forest
·      Millford Mills
·      Carlow Castle