Historic Catholic Church and Chapel Maps

As a work-around for recent removal of OSI Historic Map viewer, I’ve made a few changes to the Catholic Parish link system – hopefully temporary until a better solution can be found.

1. Find the parish of interest using the map search, civil parish lookup, Diocese etc as usual.  The old OSI maps links have been removed, and the entry now shows the Irish Transverse Mercator (ITM) coordinates.

2. Open the GEOHive map viewer (opens in a new tab/window), and select ‘Data Catalogue/Base Information and Mapping’ option on the top left, and scroll down
to the ‘Historic Map 6 inch Colour (1837-1842)’ and select this using the checkbox.

3.  Return to the parish link page and copy the ITC coordinates of the Chapel. These coordinates consist of two six digit numbers separated with a comma, and paste these into the search option at the top of the GEOHive page, and press enter.

4. GeoHive should select the correct location and zoom in, with a red marker at the location. Drag the the transparency option to the right to show only the historic map.

5. Some chapels only show on the later maps – for these select ‘Historic Map25 inch (1888-1913)’

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Misclassified Locations in online Tithe records

The Tithe Applotment record images available online on the National Archives of Ireland website, along with corresponding transcripts, have been a great addition to the resources available to those researching online – and also save a trip into Dublin city for those living closer. Since the time these were released people were reporting issues finding townlands – many due to the expected variable spellings used, but some turned out to be misclassified – e.g. a civil parish listed under the incorrect county, or a townland not listed in the expected parish.

Two other issues which can cause problems are the use on the Tithes of local names or names of villages rather than townlands, or in some cases redefined parish boundaries as a result of the OS mapping which can result in townlands appearing in adjacent parishes.

As far as I know the original Tithe transcriptions and location classification was carried out by FamilySearch volunteers, and their system seem to show the same issues regarding locations.

Some of the examples of the location issues that turned up are listed below :

Drumlease, Co. Leitrim

Tithe Records for Drumlease civil parish do not appear on the list of Co. Leitrim civil parishes on the National Archives website – for corrected link to the images see here
(via my IrelandGen.com website) These entries also include some nice maps.

The transcripts of Drumlease records appear to have been mixed with the records for Drumhome parish, Co. Donegal.

Bray, Co. Wicklow  (see also previous topic)

Tithe Applotment Records for Bray, civil parish Co. Wicklow have been misclassified under Brannockstown parish, Co. Kildare on the NAI website. For the correct images see this link  (images are sideways)

Kilcummin, Co. Mayo

Entries for Kilcummin parish Mayo are to be found under Kilcummin, Co. Kerry – mixed in with the correct Co. Kerry records.  For the correct Kilcummin, Co. Mayo record images see this link

St. Mary’s (Fore), Co. Westmeath

This one is a little more obvious – the clue is in the name of the parish – St. Mary’s (Fore), Co. Westmeath is listed under ‘St Mary’s Castlepolland (Cork)’
For the correct images for St. Mary’s (Fore) Westmeath see this link.

Kilscoran, Co. Wexford

Some of the locations listed under Kilscoran Co. Wexford, are actually in Kilseily civil parish in Co. Clare. For the correct Kilscoran Co. Wexford images see this link and for Kilseily Co. Clare see this link.

[updated 23rd Apr – 17:30]

Tankardstown, Co. Kildare

This parish is listed under County Dublin on the Tithe transcriptions, but is actually in Co. Kildare, see the images at this link. The County is not listed on the introduction page but the Diocese for the parish is Dublin which may account for the error.

All Saint’s, Co. Donegal

This parish is also listed under Co. Dublin, but should be under Co. Donegal – see the images starting at this link. These entries contain extensive descriptions, maps and diagrams.

Carnew, Co. Wicklow

Townlands in Carnew Co. Wicklow and Co. Wexford are listed under  Carnalway parish Co. Kildare, the correct images for Carnew civil parish start at this link.

Hacketstown, Carlow/Wicklow

All the Co. Wicklow townlands for this parish are indexed under Co. Carlow

I’ll check through my notes and update this list if I find other examples – if anyone out there has spotted any others let me know , and I’ll add to the list. (I’m on twitter as @Shanew147 or see email address on my website homepage)

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Tithe Applotment Records – Bray Civil Parish, Co. Wicklow

The Tithe Applotment Records for Bray Civil Parish, Co. Wicklow do not appear to have been categorised correctly on the National Archives website system. Some records appear under other parishes – e.g. entries for parts of Bray town, Great Bray, Killarney townland etc are listed as ‘Brannockstown parish, Co. Kildare‘.  The correct images are present but the images were filmed sideways, which possibly accounts for the mixup.

Some of the pages are very faint and difficult to make out, the index of locations and contents below was created as a guide using the Tithe image browse tool

383 [start- ‘Bray’]
384 (blank)
385 Great Bray, Chapel …., Rock of Bray, Old Court
387 …, New Court, Bog.. , Newtown Vevay, Sea… , Windygates, Bray Head
389 Killarney, Saint…, Fassaroe[?], Berry FIeld, Spring Field, Glebe Land
391 (calculations)
392 Ballyman, Little Bray
393 (very faint)
394 LIttle Bray, Little Cork, Old Connaght
395 (very faint)
396 Old Connaght, …m.pstown
398 (summary/declaration)
399 (blank)
400 (inc. note – lodged 7th April 1827, paid)
401 Great Bray, Old Court
403 Bog…
405 Killarney, … , Glebe Land
407 (totals & notes)
408 (note re totals)
409 (notes – Bray, Lodged … Oct. 1826, J.J.)
410 (declaration)
411 (declaration & signatures – dated 20th October 1826)
412 [end]

Note – some areas listed under Bray civil parish in later records, e.g. townland index, are included in adjacent parishes  e.g. Ballywaltrim is listed on the Tithes under Powerscourt, and in Bray parish in Griffith’s and the townland index.

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Browse 1901-1911 Census Images

I’ve updated the Census Image browse tool using some elements of the code used for the recent BMD image tool. To use – navigate to a starting page on the Census Returns using the usual search or browse, and select one of the image links – e.g.  a Household Return Form A, Enumerator’s Abstract Form N, Building return form B1,  Outbuildings B2 or for the 1911 returns the additional reverse of the household form.

Copy the full URL (*) of the image and paste into the ‘Enter URL’ text box on the Census Browse tool, and click the ‘submit button.

The Next and Previous buttons move one page forward or backward through the census  images. Also available are +-5, +-10 and +-50 links which skip backward or forward in larger steps.

To start a new search, click the [reset] link to the top right.

The full image URL should have the same format and structure as one of the following :



See John Grenham’s blog post from March this year for details on using this technique to try to locate unlinked images – The strange afterlife of the census microfilms

See also the BMD Image Browse Tool and the new Tithe Applotment Image Browse (links added  Jan. 2018).

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Census Placename Errors

There are a number of errors relating to place-names on the 1901/1911 Census returns of Ireland, examples of the various types discovered during analysis are listed below. These should be kept in mind when searching the census by place-name. In addition it should be noted that some locations were not covered by the original microfilms and so not included in the online census returns. Further analysis is required on rural townland names, where some spelling variation is to be expected.

In 1911 Aghowle DED, Co. Wicklow is listed as ‘Aghawlw

Mis-transcriptions/Typos/Spelling mistakes :

Yerschoyle Place
Verschoyle PlaceMerchants QuayDublin 1901
Owenstown (aka Trimlestown)Dundrum Dublin 1901
Bundouglas Cleggen Galway 1901
Adelaid Street Adelaide StreetSligo West Urban Sligo 1901

A number of locations have stray zeros :

Mun0ly MunnillyClones_Rural Monaghan1901
Aghinillard Drumcarrow Monaghan 1901
Annagh or Druma0ra
Annagh or Drumanilra Kilbryan Roscommon 1901
Druma0ra or Mt. Eagle
Drumanilra or Mt. EagleTumna_North Roscommon 1901
BunnanilraCastleconor West Sligo 1901
Bally0ard (P.O.)
Ballyard (P.O.)
Ballyard (P.O.)
Tipperary West Urban
Tipperary 1901
Knockiniller Douglasburn Tyrone 1901
Chapel Lane (St.) (Mun0ly) Chapel Lane (St.) (Munnilly)Cootehill_Town Cavan 1911
Maxwell's Lane (Mun0ly
Maxwell's Lane (Munnilly) Cootehill_Town Cavan 1911

In addition a number of townlands have been listed with stray hyphens or spaces which can cause a problem when searching

Placename DED, County, Year
MinisterslandArdagh, Limerick, 1901
PriesttownMullary, Louth, 1901
CrossscalesTomhaggard, Wexford, 1901
Aberna Dorney AbbernadoornyDonegal, Donegal, 1901
Ballagh-moreBallaghmoreStranocum, Antrim, 1901


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