County Clare

"Clare, a county of Ireland, province of Munster, 55 miles long and 38 broad; bounded on the W by the Atlantic, N by Galway, and E and S by the Shannon, which separates it from Tipperary, Limerick, and Kerry. It is divided into 79 parishes, has two market towns, and sends three members to parliament. It breeds more horses than any other county in Ireland, beside a great number of cattle and sheep. Pop. 209,595. Capital, Ennis."
[From The New London Gazetteer (1826)]

Archives & Libraries

  • Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre
  • The East Clare Heritage Centre does genealogy research for a large area of East County Clare and publish an annual Historical and genealogical Journal called Sliabh Aughty.  They have also published histories of Scariff Tuamgraney and Mountshannon and are presently publishing a History of the O'Gray Clan.
  • Clare County Archives - was established in 1999 and provides a service to researchers at home and abroad. It is a county-wide service and in addition to local authority records, it also collects other material relating to the county including private papers, solicitors papers, architectural drawings, maps and plans, estate papers, photographic collections, and records of academic, social, and economic institutions
  • County Clare IGP Archives
  • Guide to records deposited in the Public Record Office of Ireland


  • The Clare Guild.  Official Guide of County Clare, by D. Roche
  • County Clare, A History and Topography.  Reprinted by Clasp Press, 1995, from A History and Topography of County Clare    which was originally published in 1837 as part of A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland.
  • The Merchants of Ennis.  By Seán Spellissy.  Published 1996 for Ennis Chamber of Commerce by On Stream Publications Ltd.,    Cloghroe, Blarney, Co. Cork.
  • The Ennis Compendium, From Royal Dún to Information Age Town. By Seán Spellissy.  A combined history and business    directory for Ennis and Clarecastle.  Published 1998 by The Book Gallery, 68 Parnell Street, Ennis, Co. Clare.
  • Families of County Clare.  Volume III of the Book of Irish Families, great & small.  By Michael C. O'Laughlin, 1996.




  • 1901 County Clare census index for assorted Poor Law Unions, over 10,000 entries transcribed by Ruth C. Hakala
  • 1659 Pender Census by barony.  Gives number of English and Irish living in each townland and principal Irish names in each barony. Edited by Seamus Pender in 1939.
  • Ireland Census, 1901 at FamilySearch — index
  • Ireland Census, 1911 at FamilySearch — index

Church Records


Civil Registration










Land & Property

  • The Ireland Land Valuation Office, The archive in the Valuation Office holds a list of occupiers of property for the 26 Counties in the Republic of Ireland. The records go back to 1846.
  • Land Owners in Clare 1876
  • List of Tenants on Colonel O'Callaghan's Estate, Bodyke, 1890s
  • The Tithe Applotment Books, 1823-1838 list each landholder along with details such as townland, size of holding, land quality and type of crops for all of Ireland.  They have been filmed by the LDS Family History Library and are arranged in the catalog under civil parishes.  In 1831 a list was made of Tithe Defaulters.
  • Griffith's Valuation Index 1855
  • 1796 Irish Flax Growers for County Clare.  Lists names and civil parish for those who grew an acre or more of flax.

Names, Personal

  • Join the County Clare mailing list devoted to those doing genealogical research in County Clare.
  • Post a query into CousinConnect, it's free! You can edit and delete them at any time. You have total control, and total privacy.
  • Surname Index, County Clare for all spellings of Cullinan(e)
  • Surname Index, County Clare for all spellings of Fahy/Fahey




  • From Fianna: Dal gCais (annual), Mr. G. Hughes, Glandine, Milltown, Malbay, Co. Clare
  • The Other Clare (annual), Ms. R. Donovan, Shannon Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 Tullyglass Hill, Shannon,
    Co. Clare ISSN 0332-088X
  • Irish Families.  ISSN 1056 0378
  • The Old Limerick Journal
  • The Clareman
  • North Munster Antiquarian Society Journal
  • Sliabh Aughyt.  (East Clare Heritage Centre)  ISSN 0791-4571

Politics & Government

  • Ireland, Information on the Irish State.  This site will help you find government organizations or information by providing  links, indices of recent publications and a search engine that searches all government sites.
  • The National Statistics of the UK website contains a vast range of official UK statistics and information about statistics, which can be accessed and downloaded free.

Probate Records

  • Indexes to Irish Wills, by Phillimore & Thrift.  volume 3. (1653-1800 Diocese of Killaloe and Kilfenora.  1615-1800 for the Diocese of Limerick) 1909
  • From the Family History Library:
    • Index to Killaloe & Kilfenora administration bonds 1704-1857 (#100962)
    • Index to Limerick administration bonds 1789-1855 (#100959)
  • Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810.  Sir Arthur Vicars.  1897. Dublin
  • There is an exhaustive description of Ireland Probate Records on Familysearch.

Public Records

  • The General Register Office (Oifig An Ard-Chláraitheora) is the central repository for records relating to Births, Deaths and Marriages in the Republic of Ireland. It is concerned with civil registration matters only, and does not engage in genealogical research. Records of marriages other than Roman Catholic marriages date back to 1st April 1845. Records of Births, Deaths and Roman Catholic Marriages date to 1st January, 1864.
  • UK National Archives, on line census, records, medieval seals, Macmillan on-line