The civil parish of Kilcolagh (near Ballinameen) is in the barony of Frenchpark in North Roscommon. Kilcolagh was in the Poor Law Union of Boyle and the Registrar's District of Ballinameen. It's Electoral District or DED is Kilcolagh. It is bounded by Tibohine to the far west, Estersnow to the north, Creeve, Killummod and Killukin to the east, and Kilmacumsey to the south.
Kilcolagh has a wealth of records available to assist you in your search:
Kilcolagh is unusual in that it comprises two land clusters which were separated by the northern arm of the civil parish of Kilmacumsy. (Parts of 'Kilcola' also cross over into various Roman Catholic parishes).
The www.leitrim-roscommon.com website is also very handy for pinpointing where exactly the townland of your ancestors is located.
It is particularly helpful to note whether a townland sits on the boarder of another parish (meaning you should not ignore a search there also). With this at hand, you can make a lot more sense of the Catholic Parish Registers, which began in 1811 for Croghan. List of townlands: Kilcolagh (civil)
To cut through the spelling confusion ...
Check out the Archival Records the Irish Placename database.
– when you select a townland, click on "Archival Records" to find a list of spelling variations (and aternative names) for any given townland dating back to 1837 or earlier.
You can also confirm the townland address for later BMDs (from 1890-1960) on:
Ballinameen's "Civil Registration District" was generally BOYLE but don't rule out CARICK-ON-SHANNON, STROKESTOWN or ROSCOMMON (to discover a more recent relative who may have died in any of those hospitals).
CENSUS, LAND & SUBSTITUTES
Electoral Registers (FMP)
Landed Estate Court Rentals (FMP)
Roman Catholic: The RC Parish of "Ballinameen" (Diocese of Elphin) today, was originally part of the Parish of Killukin & Killummod aka "Croghan" up until 1859.
From 1811, the "Catholic Parish of Croghan" (Diocese of Elphin) historically known as Killucan & Killummod, included the townlands in the "Civil parish of Kilcoalgh" (no townland address recorded).
Unfortunatley the Catholic Parish registers did not record the townland address of couples EXCEPT for a small window during the periods from May 1815 up to Sep 1816 (BAPTISMS only) and from Jan 1829 until June 1833 (MARRIAGES only - but good for cross referencing against Tithe Applotment Records).
From 1859 the "Catholic Parish of Ballinameen" (Diocese of Elphin) kept records for townlands within the "Civil parish of Kilcolagh" (no townland address recorded).
SEARCH ONLINE (FREE)
1. transcriptions: https://familysearch.org/search (to give you a starting point date, to save you scrolling...)
SEARCH ONLINE (PAID)
3. full transcriptions https://rootsireland.ie/roscommon/ (to search for an ancestor's name as a godparent, and to discover other relatives)
TO CONFIRM A TOWNLAND ADDRESS
Cross-ref names of parents & godparnets with those recorded in the Tithe Applotment Books for Kilcolagh.
- Beirne / Burn
- McGarry / Magreevy
- Sharkey / Sharkett
- Dignam / DIgnan
- Dyer / Durr
- Paden / Padian
- Roddy / Reddy
MIDDLEMEN / AGENTS
LANDLORDS / ESTATES
Arthur O'Connor of Bella; George McGusty of Mountjoy Sq; Right Hon. & Rev. Lord John de Freyne of Frenchpark; Thomas W Goff of Oakport; Daniel H. Ferrall (1788-1853) of Beechwood; John Treston; Thomas Barton; Oliver Grace of Mantua; Thomas Wills of Willsgrove.
NEWSPAPERS & DIRECTORIES
Kilcolagh, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, Ireland