Cork City & County Archives

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Genealogy

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Sources for Genealogy and Family History in the Cork City and County Archives

See our Online Digital Archive section for some documents and records, such as cemetery records, that may be viewed and searched online.  Most of the records listed below and on our collections page are available for consultation, by prior appointment, in our public research room. Enquiries are welcome: archivist@corkcity.ie. We also provide a limited free research service and a copying service.

See also: Notes on sources held elsewhere.

Burial/Cemetery Records:  Mid/Late 1800s - 1900s

We have cemetery records and gravestone inscriptions mainly for the 1870 to 1950 period from about 20 cemeteries in both Cork City and Cork County, out of an estimated 100 or more. Some records from 5 of these locations are available online in our digital archive. For records that are not yet not online, you may visit the research room to view them or, if you can supply us with the date of death (or at least the month and year), and a possible location, we have a limited free research service available to supply you with a copy or transcript of the burial record: Enquiries to archivist@corkcity.ie.

 

Postal/Trade Directories and Almanacs 1821- 1973

Postal and trade directories and almanacs contain names and addresses, occupations, and information on businesses, trades, and officials of governmental and public institutions and organisations. The Archives collection of these spans the period 1821 to 1973 and contains several directories not available in Cork City Library. The collection is available to view in our public research room. See the Directories and Almanacs section of our collections pages for a list of these.

 

Poor Law Unions/Workhouse Records: 1838-1923

From 1838, Ireland was divided up into Poor Law Unions. Within each union was a workhouse where the poor and the destitute could be accommodated. There were 15 poor law unions in Cork City and County. Each union was run by a separate Board of Guardians, that each maintained a separate set of records (see the Boards of Guardians collections page for full lists of all records). For genealogical purposes, the most important documents are often the indoor relief registers and related records, that may record the name, address, occupation, age, sex, condition, date of admission, and date of discharge or death, of those admitted to the workhouse.

We hold extensive indoor relief and related records for the following poor law unions/workhouses in Cork:

Limited numbers of indoor relief records are also available here for the following Poor Law Unions/ Workhouses in Cork;

For the other workhouses in County Cork, it is mainly only administrative records that survive, such as minute books recording the proceedings of meetings of the Board of Guardians for each Union. These will give background information on what was happening in the workhouse/poor law union but they rarely contain personal information apart from some relating to officials and staff of the Union.

Rate Valuation Lists: 1853 - 1980

Property rate/tax valuation lists, of which the Griffiths/Primary Valuation was the first, record the names of occupiers and immediate lessors of property, extent of property, its valuation, and rates due. Valuation lists remained in use for several years, and changes, eg in ownership, were noted.  Cork City lists are arranged by ward/electoral area. The main body of County valuation lists held consist of volumes for the years 1908 to c.1948, with one or more volumes for each electoral division within each rural district. Also held are valuation lists covering the years from c.1888 to 1897 arranged by barony, based on the old Cork baronies as per the earlier Primary Valuation (Griffith’s Valuation) in the 1850's.

  • Valuation Lists, Cork City, 1853, 1900–1980s
  • Valuation Lists, County Cork, 1888-1980s
  • Rate and Valuation Books, Fermoy, County Cork, 1861-1979
  • Rate and Valuation Books, Mallow, Co Cork, 1936-78  

 

 Local Government Records 1600s-1990s

Hospital and Health Records 1880-1960

(Access restrictions apply to personal material less than 100 years old).

  • Our Lady's Hospital (Formerly Cork Mental Hospital/ Cork District Lunatic Asylum), 1880-1958
  • Cork Board of Health & Public Assistance, 1925-1960.
  • Cork County Home & Hospital, 1925-1957.

 

Electoral Registers, 1957 - 2000

These contain the names and addresses of those registered to vote.
Access: Registers more than 30 years old are open for general research.

  • Cork Borough / Cork City 1957/8, 1963/4, 1966 - 2010
  • Cork North East, 1965-1982
  • Mid Cork, (Mid West and North West of County Cork ) 1965-1982
  • Cork South West, 1965-2000
  • Cork South Central, 1982-2000
  • Cork East, 1982-2000
  • Cork North Central, 1983-2000
  • Cork North West, 1982-2000
  • South Kerry, 1969-1982

Also held is a series of 4 election poll books plus 1 electors register for Youghal, 1830-1837 (see list  YTR/PB)‌

(Note: Cork City Library, Cork County Library and the National Archives of Ireland also hold some Cork electoral registers)

School Records, 1865-1980

School registers and roll books include personal details of pupils attending and can be of interest as they record dates of birth and registration, parents occupation, and address.

Items older that 100 years open for general research. Regarding access to school records less than 100 years old, contact the Archivist.

Schools include:

  • Aughadown National School (CI) near Skibbereen, West Cork, 1897-
  • Ballyphehane National School, Cork City, 1959-
  • Blackpool National School, Cork City, 1869-
  • Cathedral National School, Cork City, 1925-
  • Clogheen/Kerry Pike National School, Cork, 1884-
  • Cork District Model National School, Anglesea Street Cork City, 1865-, see descriptive list: NS/MS List
  • Cork Poor Law Union (Workhouse) National School (Male), Douglas Rd. Cork City, 1873-
  • Crosshaven and Myrtleville National School, 1854-
  • Dromina National School, Charleville, North Cork, 1872-
  • Glanmire National School, (CI) near Cork City 1869-
  • Inch No.2 National School, (CI) near Whitegate, East Cork, 1869-
  • Kilmalooda National School, (CI) near Ballinascarthy, West Cork, 1904-
  • Meenies National School, (CI) near Drimoleague, West Cork, 1871-
  • Slievereagh/St.Michael's National School, near Ballyvourney, West Cork (1867) 1886-
  • Shandrum National School, Newtownshandrum, near Charleville, North Cork, 1854-
  • St.Luke's National School, (CI) Cork City, 1887-
  • St.Michaels National School, (CI) Blackrock, Cork City, 1866-
  • St.Nicholas National School (CI), Cove Street, Cork City, 1905-
  • Summerhill National School, Cork City, 1940s-
  • Templebreedy National School, near Crosshaven, South Cork, 1880-
  • Trimbaths Lane National School, off Cathedral Rd, Cork City, 1914-

(Those marked '(CI)' are/were managed by the Church of Ireland/Anglican community).

Other collections in CCCA of family history interest

  • Landed estate and solictors papers; contain material such as deeds and tenant rental ledgers, marriage settlements, wills, and property records such as leases and deeds of sale, for a great many Cork families.
  • Collections of business archives, often containing staff material.
  • Various small collections that include some personal/family material
  • Society of Friends (Quaker) records, Cork and Munster, c.1650 - 1909 U622 List
  • Paddy O’Keeffe Papers: consist of local history and genealogical writings and notes concerning the Bantry area and other parts of West Cork.
  • O'Kief, Coshe Mang, several volumes, published by Dr. A.E. Casey, contains transcriptions of many original genealogical sources, including transcripts of birth, baptismal and marriage records for a number of parishes in the North Cork/Blackwater valley and Cork/Kerry border areas of north County Cork. (Hard copy only)
  • See our collections section and search our online catalogue for more information