Welcome to County Kerry
We are working on this parish page and will add content here shortly. Feel free to post your message and we will respond as soon as possible. Remember to post as much information as you can with regard to the people you are researching. The more information you post, the more likely it is that one of our volunteers will be able to advise or assist you. Also include information concerning which sources you may have already used so others may further your search.
Please be patient - as our program has only begun to roll out across the island of Ireland and volunteers in some areas may not yet be organised.
The 1821-1851 census returns were almost destroyed in a fire, the 1861-1891 census returns were destroyed by the Government. The 1901-1911 census returns are available on line free of charge on line on the National Archives of Ireland website.
County Kerry (Irish: Contae Chiarraí) is a county in Ireland. The population of the county is 145,048 according to the 2011 census. A pre Gaelic tribe used to be stationed at this landmark and that where it got its name.
The prime places to go in this part of Ireland is the “Ring of Kerry”. There are a lot of different sites to look at starting with the towns such as Kenmare, Sneem, Waterville, Cahersiveen and Killorglin. Most of the scenic views in the region cover the mountains of the twelve pins and Macgillycuddy Reeks and Carrintohill Peeks. This Mountain range in this area stands at nearly 1100 metres in height, judging from Ground level. Many people go and climb the mountain range but it is a very dangerous mountain to climb as there were a lot of deaths and fatalities also tragedies over the last 50 to 60 years. The reeks are also a hazard for climbers too.
There are plenty of more places on the Iveragh Peninsula in the region including Killarney National Park. Every year the attraction brings a lot of people right across Europe, America and even Australia come to visit on a regular basis. Valentia Island is a well-known tourist point and is situated out in the Atlantic about a few miles from the shores of Kerry. A lot of people go and take photographs and footage.
History of Kerry
This county is the Irish name known as Ciarrai which illustrates “people of Ciar” derives from a pre Gaelic tribe of where they came from. Ciar a tribe in the county founded the region surrounding the countryside of Kerry. A man by the name of Fergus Mac Roich was a son of Ciar. The word “Ciar” is the science of Black and Dark brown or more commonly known to the people at the time as a Dark Complexion. People or Tribe is said to be the Irish name raighe would be very common across the nation of Ireland. Another way of saying the name is the term Osry which illustrates Osraighe/ Deer – People/Tribe. The 1st Earl of Desmond Maurice Fitzgerald was granted the lands in the Kingdom by giving money to a Knight as he would be crowned ownership of the state.
Before this place was called Kerry, the county would have been known to people at the time as County Desmond dating back to the 15th century. It was the earl of Desmond to who were the Fitzgerald's of that particular era established the county name. Hiberno – Norman Fitzgerald dynasty were called the Geraldine's.
To assist you and your genealogy journey.
To assist you researching your family tree and where your ancestors came from please click on the history tab above. The history page provides vital links that will be useful in sourcing where your ancestors came from, such as Kerry census 1901, Griffiths Evaluation and Tithe applotments.
When posting a genealogy message
When posting a genealogy messages, the more information that you have about your ancestors, the more likely it is that one of our volunteers can assist or advice you. Try and have, names, dates places, if they were married (and to whom), children’s names, descendants names and anything else you can think of. When your query has gathered enough information for you, then you can decide what parish your ancestors came from, post your query to that parish message board.
Some useful links in Kerry
This will be an exciting journey for (and us).
County Council Website
County Library Website
Family History/ Genealogy Website
County Newspaper Website
Best of luck with your research.