County Leitrim


"Leitrim, a maritime county of Ireland, province of Connaught, bounded S by Roscommon and Sligo, W by the bay of Donegal, N by Donegal and Fermanagh, and E and SE by Cavan and Longford; 52 m. long and 16 in its greatest breadth, and 6 m. its least, containing 407,260 acres. The surface is extremely uneven, being composed of bogs and high mountains, which afford sufficient herbage for the breeding of cattle. The valleys are fertile, and watered with rivulets, and the mountains contains inexhaustible stores of lead, iron, and copper ores, and coal mines. Potatoes, barley, rye, and wheat, are cultivated in small quantities, and oats in greater abundance. Chief river, the Shannon. 2 members are retutned to parliament. Chief town, Carrick. Pop. 105,976."[From The New London Gazetteer (1826)]

"COUNTY LEITRIM, a maritime county in the province of Connaught, in the N.W. of Ireland, bounded on the N. by Donegal Bay and the counties of Donegal and Fermanagh, on the E. by Fermanagh and Cavan, on the S. by Longford, and on the W. by Roscommon and Sligo. Its greatest length, N. to S., is 51 miles, and its breadth varies from 5½ to 26 miles. The circuit is about 134 miles, of which 4 miles, in Donegal Bay, are sea-coast. The area is 613 square miles, or 392,363 acres, of which 249,350 are arable, 115,869 uncultivated, 3,396 planted, and 23,748 covered by water. It extends from 53° 45' to 54° 29' N. lat., and from 7° 53' to 8° 8' W. longitude. According to the geographer Ptolemy, Leitrim, with Fermanagh and Cavan, was occupied by the tribe of Erdini, or Erneigh, and this district subsequently was known as Breifne, or Brenny. Leitrim was known as West Breifne, Hy-Brinia-Breifne, or Breifne O'Rourk, the former name arising from Brian, son of Eachod, the first Scotch king of Connaught, and the latter from the chief family in the district; while Cavan was called Breifne O'Reily, from the name of the ruling family there. ....More " [Description from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2018]


Archives and Libraries



Leitrim Cemetery Records - on IGP

Leitrim Headstone photographs - on IGP

Cemeteries in County Leitrim - on Find a grave



National Censuses/Substitutes, list - on fianna

1911 census FHLC numbers - on fianna


Church History

Leitrim Church photographs - on IGP


Church Records

Leitrim Church Records - on IGP

Leitrim Roman Catholic Records - on Irish Ancestors

County Leitrim; Roman Catholic Records  - on fianna


Civil Registration

Leitrim Vital Records - on IGP


Description and Travel

County Leitrim on wikipedia



List of national commercial directories - on fianna


Emigration and Immigration

Leitrim Immigration Records - on IGP



The transcription for this county from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.



The Ireland Genealogy Project's County Leitrim page, and its listing of the Project's available Leitrim 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 Leitrim website.

The LDS FamilySearch Wiki's Ireland Online Genealogy Records for County Leitrim.

The Fianna website's pages for County Leitrim 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 Leitrim coverage includes Baptismal/Birth Records, Marriage Records, Burial/Death Records, Gravestone Inscriptions, Griffith's Valuation (Free Access), and Census Substitutes.

The Leitrim-Roscommon Home Page

Leitrim-Roscommon Surnames List

Leitrim-Roscommon Townland search engine - an extensive and very useful database


Historical Geography

Leitrim Civil Parishes - on Irish Ancestors

List of townlands in county Leitrim on wikipedia

See the Liatroim​/​Leitrim page on logainm.ie which has links to county Leitrim civil parish pages

  • "The Placenames Database of Ireland was created by Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge in collaboration with The Placenames Branch (Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht). This is a comprehensive management system for data, archival records and placenames research conducted by the State. It is a public resource for Irish people at home and abroad, and for all those who appreciate the rich heritage of Irish placenames."

Land and Property

Searchable database of Griffiths Valuation for Leitrim and Roscommon

Leitrim Landowners 1870 - on IGP

Griffiths Valuation 1856 for county Leitrim

Griffiths Valuation 1847/64 on the Ask about Ireland site. Use the search box to bring up entries showing Barony/Parish/Townlands and lists of Occupants

The Tithe Applotment Books for county Leitrim and its  parishes are available online on the National Archives of Ireland website (free).

  • The Tithe Applotment Books were compiled between 1823 and 1838 as a survey of land in each civil parish to determine the payment of tithes (a religious tax). Unlike Griffith's Valuation they do not cover cities or towns.

Military Records

Leitrim Military & Constabulary Records - on IGP


Monumental Inscriptions

Leitrim Headstone photographs - on IGP


Names, Personal

Surnames found in Leitrim Co 1100 thru 1600 - on IGP



Leitrim Obituaries - on IGP



From Fianna:

Leitrim Guardian (annual),
Mr. N. Moloney, Hon. Secretary, Ballinamore

Politics and Government

History of the Irish Parliament - County Leitrim on the  Ulster Historical Foundation site


Probate Records

Leitrim Wills - on IGP