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“Carlow, or Catherlough, a county of Ireland, in Leinster, 28 miles long and 8 broad, bounded E by Wicklow and Wexford, W by Queen's county and Kilkenny, and N by Kildare, divided into 50 parishes, and sends 3 members to parliament. Chief rivers, the Barrow and Slaney. Pop. 81,287.” [From The New London Gazetteer (1826)]

"COUNTY CARLOW, an inland county of the province of Leinster, Ireland, bounded on the N. by the counties of Kildare and Wicklow, on the E. by the counties of Wicklow and Wexford, on the S. by Wexford, and on the W. by Kilkenny and Queen's County. It is about 30 miles in length from N. to S., and 20 miles in breadth at the southern extremity. In form it approaches a triangle, and comprises an area of 346 square miles, or 221,342 acres, of which about 184,000 are under cultivation, the remainder consisting of mountain, bog, plantation, and water.
The county is situated between 52° 28' and 52° 53' N. lat., and between 6° 30' and 7° 10' W. long. The population of the county in 1861 was 57,232, distributed into 11,318 families, occupying 10,254 houses, against 68,078 in 1851, showing a decrease in the decennial period of 10,846, or 15.93 per cent. The great bulk of the population are Roman Catholics, as shown by the government returns, viz. 50,613 Roman Catholics, 6,241 Established Church, 107 Presbyterians, 182 Methodists, 43 Society of Friends, and 46 of all other persuasions......More. [1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland, Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2018]

"CARLOW, a county, of the province of LEINSTER, bounded on the east by the counties of Wicklow and Wexford, on the north by those of Kildare and Wicklow, on the west by Queens county and Kilkenny, and on the south by that of Wexford. It extends from 52° 26' to 52° 54' (N. Lat.), and from 6° 30' to 7° 12' (W. Lon.); and comprises an area, according to the Ordnance survey, of 219,863 acres, of which 196,833 are cultivated land, and 23,030 mountain and bog. The population, in 1821, was 78,952, and in 1831, 81,988. ...More " [Transcription from A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland - Samuel Lewis - 1837 Mel Lockie ©2013]

 

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Archives & Libraries

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Cemeteries

Memorial records on the IGP site, also photographs of headstones 

Memorial cards, images  - on the IGP site

Cemeteries in County Carlow - on Find a grave

County Carlow Cemetery Records - on interment.net

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Census

National census substitutions - fianna

Census substitutes for county Carlow - fianna

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Church History

CARLOW - Roman Catholic Inhabitants of Carlow - 1792 on the IGP site

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Church Records

Church records on the IGP site

Church records by county - on Irish Ancestors (subscription)   Split into denominations i.e Church of Ireland, Methodist, Presbyterian, Quaker & Roman Catholic

Roman Catholic parishes - on Irish Ancestors   Includes records

Roman Catholic parishes, records, FHLC refs - fianna

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Description & Travel

County Carlow on wikipedia

“For civil purposes the county is divided into 7 baronies, viz., those of Carlow, Drone East, Drone West, Forth, St. Mullin's Upper, St. Mullin's Lower, and Rathvilly. It contains 35 parishes, with parts of several others, 1 corporate borough, and 5 market towns. Carlow is the county town. The other market towns are Tullow, Bagenalstown, Leighlin Bridge, and Hacketstown. Carlow is the seat of a Poor-law Union, the assize town, and the headquarters of the county police, of which the four districts are Carlow, Tullow, Bagenalstown, and Borris.” [1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland, Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2018]

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Directories

List of directories covering Ireland - fianna

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Emigration & Immigration

Protestant families preparing to emigrate from the counties of Carlow and Wexford in the insuing Spring — dated (New) Ross, 29th November 1817 - on The Ships List

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Gazetteers

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

The transcription for this county from the  1837 Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of Ireland  [Mel Lockie ©2013]

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Genealogy

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

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

The Fianna website's pages for County Carlow 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 Carlow coverage includes Baptismal/Birth Records, Marriage Records, and Griffith's Valuation (Free Access).

County Carlow Ireland Gen Web

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Historical Geography

See townlands.ie for lists of these enities in County Carlow;

  • 7 Baronies
  • 48 civil parishes
  • 54 Electoral Divisions
  • 602 townlands + 5 sub townlands

See the Carlow (Ceatharlach) page on logainm.ie for similar lists with slightly different totals in some categories but much else data besides.

  • "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."

Carlow civil parishes - on Irish Ancestors

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History

Oaths of Allegiance 1775 on the IGP site

Local history for the county - a biblography - on Irish Ancestors 

Baronies definition  on Wikipedia 

Townlands definition on Wikipedia 

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Land & Property

Lands - Alphabetical list of Landowners in the 1870s - on the IGP site

LEASES FOR COUNTY CARLOW FROM "THE HISTORY AND ANTIQUITIES OF COUNTY CARLOW" - on the IGP site

Dublin Journal - 22nd July 1746. Rent Rolls Apparently for Carlow - on IGP site

Griffiths Valuation 1852-3 for county Carlow

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 Carlow 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.
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Law & Legislation

Irish Constabulary with native county of Carlow, various dates from 1835 onwards - on the IGP site

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Monumental Inscriptions

Memorial records on the IGP site, also photographs of headstones 

Memorial cards, images  - on the IGP site

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Names, Personal

Surnames found in Ireland 1100 thru 1600 - on the IGP site

County Carlow Surname Registry

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Newspapers

Newspaper indexes/transcripts for the county - on Irish Ancestors (subscription)    Lists the titles, publication dates and where archives held

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Obituaries

Carlow obituaries on the IGP site

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Occupations

“There is a considerable extent of good pasture-land, with numerous dairy-farms, on which large quantities of butter are made for exportation. Carlow has long ranked high as a farming district; a reputation due not only to its rich soil, but its energetic and resident landowners, who have introduced improved methods and implements of agriculture. Wheat, oats, potatoes, barley, and turnips are cultivated. There area great number of extensive flour-mills along the Barrow. Much cattle is reared and fattened for the market.” [1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland, Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2018]

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Periodicals

Family/local history journals; The Carlovian, Carloviana, Carlow Past and Present - details on Irish Ancestors (subscription)

From Fianna:

  • Carlovian (Annual), The Editor
    St. Patrick's College
    Carlow
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Politics & Government

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

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Probate Records

Carlow wills - on the IGP site

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Religion & Religious Life

“The great bulk of the population are Roman Catholics, as shown by the government returns, viz. 50,613 Roman Catholics, 6,241 Established Church, 107 Presbyterians, 182 Methodists, 43 Society of Friends, and 46 of all other persuasions.‘ [1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland, Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2018]