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Genealogy

Key sources available when trying to trace your ancestors in Westmeath.

Tithe Applotment Books

1823-1837 on microfilm * gives details of land owners, areas of farms, valuation and amount of tithe payable. Originals are held in the National Archives, Bishop St., Dublin, 8. Tel. 01 4783711.

Griffith's Valuation Index 1848 - 1864 on CD & in printed format

Lists head of household only and if owner or tenant of the property ; also lists amount of property and valuation.

Griffiths Valuation Maps on CD for County Westmeath

Available in Mullingar Library. Original maps in the Valuation Office, Irish Life Centre, Abbey Street Lower, Dublin 1. Tel. 01 8171000. Online access available at www.askaboutireland.ie

Catholic Church Records

available at each Parish Church, The National Library of Ireland, Kildare St., Dublin 2. Tel. 01 6030200 and at Dun Na Si Heritage Centre, Moate, Co. Westmeath. Tel. 090 6481183 or dunnasimoate@eircom.net Dun na Si charge a research fee.

Index to Catholic Baptisms and Marriages

for Mullingar Parish are held at the Local Studies Dept., Mullingar Library. Baptisms are indexed alphabetically under the child’s name and lists the fathers name and the mothers maiden name. Marriages are recorded in the bride’s parish and are indexed alphabetically under the husband’s name. Copyright belongs to Mullingar Parish.

Church of Ireland Records

are held at the base Church, the National Library of Ireland and at The Representative Church Body Library, Braemore Park, Churchtown, Dublin 14. Tel. 01 4923979

Civil Records

Non Catholic Marriages are recorded from 1845. All births, marriages and deaths are recorded from 1864. Research facilities are available at the General Register Office, Irish Life Centre, Abbey St. Lower, Dublin 1. Tel. 01 6354422. Queries with an exact date may be obtained from the General Register Office, Government Office, Convent Road, Roscommon. Tel. 090 6632900. Availability will depend on the event having being registered in the first place. Charges may apply.

Index to Births, Marriages and Deaths

listed in Westmeath Journal 1823-1826 and 1827-1834 by Simon L.M. de Montfort. Available at the Local Studies Dept., Mullingar Library, by kind permission of the author.

Cemetery Records

details of gravestone inscriptions exist for various cemeteries. Contact the Local Studies Dept., Mullingar Library for details.

Census of Ireland 1901 and 1911 on microfilm*

The 1901 census is the first available census that lists all occupants residing in the house on the night of the Census. It records name, relationship to head of household, age, occupation, and County of origin. The reels are not indexed but townlands are listed alphabetically within the District Electoral Division.

Census of Ireland 1659*

edited by Seamus Pender lists the names of persons with title to land, the total number of English & Irish people living in each townland and the principal Irish names in each Barony.

The Alphabetical Index to the Townlands of Ireland*

is a useful guide when trying to locate a townland. It records County, Barony, Parish, Union and District Electoral Division.

Directories*

Variety of directories on CD-Rom & Printed format including Pigots, Slators and Thoms contain valuable information on major towns within counties. Towns covered for Westmeath include Mullingar, Athlone, Castlepollard and Kilbeggan.

* denotes holdings in Local Studies Departments in Mullingar Library and Aidan Heavey Library, Athlone