Sources in the Cork City and County Archives Relevant to Family History and Genealogy
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Records of relevance here include:
Poor Law Unions / Workhouses
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. This was termed 'Indoor Relief'. Many thousands of individuals and families passed through this system. There were about 15 union workhouses in Cork City and County. Each union was run by a separate Board of Guardians, that each maintained a large set of records (see the Boards of Guardians collections page for full lists of all records). For genealogical purposes, the most important documents are 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 union workhouses in County Cork:
- Cork Union Workhouse (Cork City and environs)
- Kinsale Union Workhouse (West Cork)
- Midleton Union Workhouse (East Cork)
Cork Union Workhouse, Douglas Road, covered the area of Cork city and environs (it later became the Cork County Home and Hospital). Records include:
- 29 indoor relief registers (some with indexes) plus related records; 1840-1925 (with gaps)
- Cork Poor Law Union National School, Registers of Male pupils, 1873 - 1904
- Records of Deaths 1853-1863, 1876-1909, 1922-1925
Kinsale Union Workhouse records include:
- Indoor relief registers 1841 - 1927 (with gaps)
- Admission and discharge Books, 1845 - 1925 (with gaps)
- Pauper discharge books, 1855-1884
- Register of fever hospital patients, 1849-1850
- Record of death book, 1842- 1899
Midleton Union Workhouse records include:
- Indoor relief registers 1841-1923 (with gaps)
- Admission and discharge books 1913-1925
- Record of Births 1844-1898, 1908-1930
- Record of Deaths 1899-1932
Limited numbers of indoor relief records are also available here for the following Poor Law Unions/ Workhouses in Cork;
- Bandon Union, West Cork, 1920-1925
- Macroom Union, Mid-West Cork, 1916-1921
- Youghal Union, East Cork, 1848-1851
- Aghabullogue, 1938-88 (near Macroom, mid-West Cork)
- Caherlag, near Carrigtohill/ Midleton, Oct. 1896 - May 1972.
- Clonmult, 1946-98 (near Midleton, East Cork)
- Cobh/Queenstown, Clonmel, register of internments Jul. 1897 - Jul 1985
- Cobh, Clonmel, register of burial grants, May 1897 – Dec 1919.
- Cobh, Old Church graveyard, applications for licences for internment, Aug. 1880 - [1900's]
- Cobh/Queenstown Cemetery, register of persons interned, May 1879 - Mar 1929, Nov. 1933 - Sep. 1975
- Dunbullogue, 1896-1988, Templeisque, 1896-1986, Balivinny, 1959-1982, all near the Riverstown/Glanmire area, to the Northeast of Cork City.
- Inniscarra, 1896-2002 (10km West of Cork City)
- Kilroan, near Kinsale, Feb. 1949 - Apr. 1973,
- Kilcully, just to the North of Cork City, July 1931 - August 1974 (Now online).
- Rathcooney, Glanmire to East of Cork City, Oct 1896 - Mar 1941 (Now online).
- St. Joseph's Cemetery, Cork City (major Catholic Cemetery), 1876 - 1947
- Society of Friends (Quakers), microflims, including burial lists.
For access to records of St.Finbarr’s public cemetery in Cork City, contact the Cork City Council Recreation Amenity and Culture department, cemeteries section, email email@example.com.
Property Rate (Tax) Valuation and Payment Records
Valuation lists 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–c.1980
- Valuation Lists, County Cork, 1888-c.1980
- Rate and Valuation Books, Fermoy, County Cork, 1861-1979
- Rate and Valuation Books, Mallow, Co Cork, 1936-78
Rate Collection Books.
These volumes record the payment of rates to the local authority by property owners and occupiers. They usually show Rating Number; Address and Description of Tenement/Property; Name of Owners / Occupiers; Rateable Valuation; Rate for that Year; Arrears; Total Demanded; Arrears paid; Remarks. Some volumes have a page index to streets.
- Rate Collection Books, Cork City, 1929-1961 CP/R/RC List
- Rate Collection Books, Youghal, County Cork, 1844-1969
- Rate Collection Books, Clonakilty, County Cork, 1911-1975
- Rate Collection Book, Cobh, 1917-1919
Other Local Government and Health Records
- Index/Digest to Council Books of the Corporation of Cork, including List of Freemen of Cork City 1710 – 1841
- Cork Corporation records, including committee minute books, 1867-1929
- Cork County Council records, from 1899-
- Cork Mental Hospital (Our Lady's Hospital) (Formerly Cork District Lunatic Asylum) 1880-1958 (Access Restrictions Apply)
Electoral Registers, Cork City and County
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)
These may include personal details of pupils attending. (Items older that 100 years open for general research).
- Blackpool National School, Cork City, 1869 - 1988
- Cork District Model School, Anglesea Street Cork City, 1865 - 1988 NS/MS List
- Cork Poor Law Union (workhouse) National School, Male Registers, 1873 - 1904
- Crosshaven and Myrtleville National School, 1854 - 1954
- Dromina National School, Charleville, 1872 - 1995
- Slievereagh/St.Michael's National School, near Ballyvourney, (1867) 1886-1950
- Shandrum National School, Newtownshandrum, 1854 - 2003
- St.Luke's National School, Cork City, 1887 - 2003
- Templebreedy National School, near Crosshaven, 1880 - 1972
- Buckingham House School, Protestant Charity School, 1891 - 1971
Some other collections in CCCA of family history interest
- Various Postal and Trade Directories, published, series, with gaps, from 1844-1955 (Aldwells 1845 Cork City directory now online)
- Landed estate papers; contain material such as deeds and tenant rental ledgers.
- Solicitors papers; include marriage settlements, wills, and property records such as leases and deeds of sale, for a great many Cork families.
- 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)
- 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
- See our collections section for more information