County Limerick


"Limerick, a county of Ireland, province of Munster, bounded N by the Shannon which separates it from Clare, S by Cork, NE and E by Tipperary, and W by Kerry, 51 m. long and 32 broad. The surface of this county, though diversified by small hills, is not, generally speaking, mountainous, excepting on the SE, where it is bounded by the Galtees, a lofty ridge which extends into Tipperary, and on the borders of Kerry, where the land rises, and forms a grand amphitheatre of low but steep mountains, which extend in a wide area from Loghill to Drumcolloher. The land is generally fertile. The principal rivers are the Maig, Feale, Gale, and Blackwater. It sends 2 members to parliament. The climate is wet. Pop. 214,286."
[From The New London Gazetteer (1826)]


Archives and Libraries

  • Limerick Archives
  • Tipperary Heritage Unit -  (now part of Tipperary Excel) records cover all 46 parishes of the Archdiocese of Cashel & Emly.
  • Land Valuation Office - holds a list of occupiers of property for the 26 Counties in the Republic of Ireland which is broken down into Townlands within Rural Districts and into Rural Districts within Counties. The records go back to 1846.
  • National Library of Ireland - microfilms of Catholic parish registers, copies of the important nineteenth century land valuations (the Tithe Applotment Books and Griffith's Valuation), trade and social directories, estate records and newspapers
  • Public Records Office of Ireland.  Four Courts, Dublin 7, Ireland.  Tithe Applotment Books, estate records, court records, etc.
  • Genealogical Office.  2 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.  Includes a variety of materials on Irish famililies, now a part of the National Library.
  • Registrars General's Office.  8-11 Lombard St, Dublin 2, Ireland.  The official birth, death and marriage records of Ireland from 1864 onwards.
  • Registry of Deeds.  Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, Ireland.  Property transactions since 1608


  • Families of County Limerick.  Volume V of the Book of Irish Families, great & small.  By Michael C. O'Laughlin, 1997
  • Exploring Limerick's Past, An Historical Geography of Urban Development in County and City.  By Patrick J. O'Connor, 1987.
  • A Pauper Warren, West Limerick 1845-49.  By Gerard Curtin, 2000.
  • Lough Gur & District, Historical Society Journal 2000, Vol. No. 11.
  • The Old Limerick Journal, Famine Edition. Number 32, Winter, 1995.
  • Cappamore, A Parish History.  Cappamore Historical Society, 1992.
  • Index to the Townlands, and Towns, Parrishes and Baronies of Ireland. Based on the census of 1851.
  • A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland, 2nd Edition.  By Brian Mitchell, 2002.
  • A Guide to Irish Parish Registers.  By Brian Mitchell, 1988.
  • Irish Records and Sources:  For Family and Local History.  By James G. Ryan, 1997.
  • Tracing Your Irish Ancesters, Second Edition.  By John Grenham, 1999.

Church History


Church Records

  • Civil Parishes - with Catholic, Church of Ireland and other church parishes, first available records, where they are available

Description and Travel



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



  • The Ireland Genealogy Project's County Limerick page, and its listing of the Project's available Limerick 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 Limerick website.
  • The LDS FamilySearch Wiki's Ireland Online Genealogy Records for County Limerick.
  • The Fianna website's pages for County Limerick 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 Limerick coverage includes Baptismal/Birth Records, Marriage Records, Burial/Death Records, Census Records and Griffith's Valuation (Free Access).
  • Limerick Records - Kathryn McCarthy
  • From Ireland site offers journals, graveyard inscriptions, parish records, etc.
  • Tipperary Heritage Unit -  (now part of Tipperary Excel) records cover all 46 parishes of the Archdiocese of Cashel & Emly.

Land and Property

  • Irish Flax Growers, 1796 for County Limerick.  Individuals who planted one or more acres of flax.
  • 1851 Griffiths Valuation for Doon Civil Parish.  List of head of household property leasers.
  • 1826 Tithe Applotment for Cappamore Catholic Parish.  List of head of household property leasers.
  • 1826 Tithe Applotment for Gortavalla, including Moher and Cottage. 
  • Locate the land divisions of County Limerick:  Baronies, Poor Law Unions, Civil Parishes, dioceses, Catholic Parishes, townlands
  • The Tithe Applotment Books, 1823-1838 listed each landholder along with details such as townland, size of holding, land quality and types of crops for all of Ireland.  The LDS Family History Library has filmed these records and are listed in their catalog by townlands.  Another list, Tithe Defaulters was collected in 1831.
  • Property Registration Authority. Information concerning the Registries and some of the services provided by the PRA (Formerly the Land Registry):
    • Indexes to Transcripts, for all of Ireland by townland.  Use these Indexes to Locate the Volume, Page and Memorial Number of Interest
    • Grantors' Index.  A Grantor is the name the name of the person selling, giving or otherwise disposing of land or some other asset.
    • Registry of Deeds, 1708 to 1929.  This repository (the Registry of Deeds, Dublin) now offers one of the most certain sources of genealogical information concerning families in a wide range of social station and material wealth. Records of tenants in modest circumstances, comfortably established gentry and great landlords are all represented here.


  • The Civil Parishes of County Limerick, there are 130.
  • The Poor Law Unions of County Limerick.  Glin, Newcastle, Croom, Kilmallock, Michelstown, Tipperary, Limerick and Rathkeale.
  • The Roman Catholic Parishes of County Limerick.  There are 65 in the dioceses of Limerick, Killaloe, Cloyne and Cashel & Emly.
  • The Baronies of County Limerick.  Connello Lower, Kenry, Pubblebrien, Limerick City, Clanwilliam, Owneybeg, Coonagh, Small County, Kilmallock, Coshma, Connello Upper, Glenquin, Shanid, Coshlea.
  • The parish map of the Limerick Catholic Diocese.
  • Townland map for Cappamore Catholic parish.

Names, Personal

  • List your surname in the County Limerick Surname Roster and find connections.me.
  • Post a query into CousinConnect, it's free! You can edit and delete them at any time. You have total control, and total privacy.
  • The "Index of Surnames" or "Householders Index" records the occurrence of household of a particular surname in each of the civil parishes of a county, giving the exact number of households in the case of Griffith's Valuation (1851) and the presence a surname in the Tithe Applotment Books (1826).




From Fianna:

Annual Observer (annual), Mr. J. Cussan,
Newcastlewest Historical Society, Newcastlewest, Co. Limerick

Crom Abu (annual),
Mr. M. Spillane, Toureen, Croom, Co. Limerick

Old Limerick Journal (One per year - December issue),
Mr. Larry Walsh, Limerick City Museum, Limerick Museum, Castle Lane, Nicholas Street, Limerick City
Tel +353 61 417826, Fax +353 61 415266


Public Records

  • The General Register Office (Oifig An Ard-Chl√°raitheora) 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.
  • Ardagh Deaths, 1869-70.  Civil registration.  Database includes name, date of death, place of death, cause of death, age, occupation, marital status and at times a close relative.


  • Genealogical Society of Victoria.  The GSV is the second largest family history/genealogical society within Australia with approximately 7000 members. The GSV has three member services groups - Irish Ancestry Group, Scottist Ancestry Group and the International Settlers Group. These groups are very active, hold regular meetings and have quarterly newsletters.