Skibbereen Heritage Centre offers a genealogy service for the greater West Cork area.
Using in-house databases and all available resources, including invaluable local knowledge, our genealogist will endeavour to help you with your family search.
The records that we examine include the Tithe Applotments,
Griffith’s Valuation, 1901/1911 census
records, Roman Catholic Church records (up
to 1911) and many other miscellaneous
sources including Loan Funds, Estate
records, freely available online resources
and the knowledge and expertise of local
To make a
query please provide the following
information to our
genealogy email address
and we will respond as soon as possible with
information and fees:
- NAME ANCESTOR (INCLUDING PET NAME)
OF BIRTH IF KNOWN OR ANY KNOWN DATE,
NAMES OF SIBLINGS OR PARENTS
FROM, IF KNOWN
OTHER INFORMATION KNOWN.
enquiries are also possible by appointment.
Please ring or email our
in advance as it
is not always be possible to accommodate a
query at short notice.
Please note that, while we provide a service
for those seeking their ancestry in this
area, we do not have the resources to act as
a general genealogical information centre to
support those resources which are available
available to the Centre for research include:
Tithe Applotment Books
Skibbereen Heritage Centre has database records of the
Tithe Applotments Books for the parishes of
Abbeystowry, Aghadown, Caheragh, Castlehaven, Clear Island, Creagh, Drinagh,
Drimoleague, Kilcoe, Kilfuaghnabeg, Kilmacabea, Kilmoe,
Myross, Schull and Tullagh.
The dates on these records vary parish to
parish but start around 1825.
You can search this database on our ‘Tithe Books’ database
Griffith was an official who was given the
task of putting a rateable valuation on
every property in Ireland. First published
for Cork in 1851, it lists the head of the
household and valuation on the property.
Heritage Centre is pleased to present an
index for Griffith’s Valuation, allowing a
search to be made under name, townland,
parish etc. This may also be accessed on
This lists the name of the head of household
addition, the full maps for Skibbereen town
are available, with each building numbered
and cross referenced to an index showing the
owner or occupier.
1911 census records
The 1901 census records details of people present in
Ireland on Sunday night, the 31st of March
1901 while the 1911 records events of Sunday
night, the 2nd of April 1911. Each
household, ship, workhouse and dwelling
place was included thus recording every man,
woman and child alive in Ireland. The 1901
is the earliest census of Ireland available
in its entirety, as the earlier records were
either destroyed by the fire at the Public
Record Office in 1922, or destroyed by order
of the government. These records are now available online on the National
Archives of Ireland website.
Loan Funds were 19th century institutions
that provided credit to the poor of Ireland.
At their peak, in the years immediately
prior to the Great Famine, up to 13
individual loan funds operated in the
greater Skibbereen area putting £75,356
into circulation in the local economy over a
10 year period.
loan records give details of the amount of
the loan and the names of the guarantors.
The follow up reports give an indication of
how the Famine affected the poor of West
Cork and are one of the few surviving
records that offer information on who died
and emigrated during this time.
our ‘Loan Funds’
website for the transcribed loan funds’
Crookhaven, Schull, Creagh, Baltimore and
Heritage Centre is delighted to provide a
searchable database of the five local Loan
Funds in West Cork where records survive.
These previously unavailable ‘annals of
the poor’ offer an insight into the
circumstances of the ordinary people of West
Cork prior to, and as a result of, the Great
are very important places, both as a
respectful resting place for our loved ones
and as part of our valuable heritage. Older
graveyards, even with the best efforts,
erode over time and many of the older
headstones become illegible. It is really
important, therefore, to preserve the
identity of those who are buried in these
older graveyards, so that a permanent record
exists alongside the vulnerable headstone.
West Cork has numerous old graveyards, many
dating from the middle ages. With the
support of the Heritage Council, a
survey has been carried out of some of these
old graveyards. The graveyards included in
this survey were: Drimoleague, Drinagh,
Creagh, Kilcoe (by the Castle) and the old
Aughadown graveyard. Please see our ‘Graveyards Survey’
website for the searchable database.
For some years the
Skibbereen Heritage Centre has been
transcribing the Roman Catholic Church records for the
greater Skibbereen area. We now have
the baptism and marriage records for most
parishes of the area up to 1911 as well as
the burial records for Cape Clear island
1876 – 1911. Some of these records are now
available online, however our database offers a
longer date range, a much more efficient
search as well as local knowledge on ‘pet
names’ and the locality.
Catholic Church Records
Thanks to the Donnelly family, the current
owners of the former Wrixon-Becher estate
at Creagh, Skibbereen Heritage Centre
has transcribed the tenant records for this
estate, making them available to the public
for the first time.
The ‘Estate Records’ database contains information the tenants of the estate
from 1803 to 1919. It covers 86 townlands
in the greater Skibbereen area, with the
majority from the Creagh and Tullagh
parishes, including Sherkin and Cape Clear
The tenancy records record the
name and townland of the occupant, the
tenancy dates, the amount of rent and how
it was paid and any miscellaneous comments
that are given. Some comments are ambiguous
but all are transcribed for reference
purposes but there is no additional
information available other than what is
included in the database.
townland is the name given to the smallest
officially-defined geographical area of land
in Ireland and townland sizes varies
considerably. Most genealogical records in
Ireland refer to townlands when referring to
a rural address.
Heritage Centre has a database of the
Townland and Street Names for much of West Cork. You can search this
database on our ‘townland database’
page. The results will show the Alternative
Name (AKA), Civil Parish, Poor Law Union
(PLU), District Electoral Division (DED) and
Notes associated with each townland or