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County Kilkenny

"Kilkenny, a county of Ireland, province of Leinster, 40 m. long and 20 broad; bounded E by Catherlough and Wexford; W by Tipperary, N by Queen's county, and S by Waterford, containing 510,000 acres, divided into 127 parishes. The soil is generally of a good quality, with little bog land. In the N are excellent quarries for flags; coal is produced in great abundance; in the limestone district are valuable marble quarries; and manganese, iron ore, lead ore, and some indication of copper ore, are perceived in different parts. Chief rivers, the Suire, Barrow, and Nore. It sends 2 members to parliament. Pop. 157,096."
[From The New London Gazetteer (1826)]


Bibliography - from WorldGenWeb.


Description and Travel



  • County Kilkenny Genealogy - IrelandGenWeb
  • From Ireland - Jane Lyons
  • The Ireland Genealogy Project's County Kilkenny page, and its listing of the Project's available Kilkenny Records.
  • The Irish Ancestors website (subscription) has the following types of records: State Registration of Births, Marriages & Deaths, Census returns, Land records, Church records, Genealogical Office records, Gravestone inscriptions, Directories, Newspapers, Wills, Deeds, and Occupations.
  • Irish Ancestors' extensive County Kilkenny website.
  • The LDS FamilySearch Wiki's Ireland Online Genealogy Records for County Kilkenny.
  • The Fianna website's pages for County Kilkenny provide important addresses and extensive information about online and other genealogy resources.
  • Roots Ireland (subscription) "offers access to a unique database of more than 20 million Irish records". Its Kilkenny coverage includes Baptismal/Birth Records, Marriage Records, Burial/Death Records, Census Records and Griffith's Valuation (Free Access).

Online resources:


Heritage Centre:


Here is the full text of a lengthy illustrated article from the Sheffield Graduate Journal of Archaeology entitled: "Women and personal possessions: 17th-century testamentary evidence from counties Waterford and Kilkenny, Ireland".

Transcription of Samuel Lewis' description of County Kilkenny (1837).

Articles by Dennis Walsh:

Names, Geographical

WorldGenWeb's listings of the Baronies, Cities and Towns, Civil Parishes, and Townlands.
County Kilkenny Parish and Town web pages at Genuki.
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Listing of Kilkenny newspapers, and where copies can be consulted.


Old Kilkenny Review (annual),
The Secretary, Kilkenny Archeaological Society, Rothe House, Kilkenny