Genealogy Centres in Kerry
Killarney Genealogical Centre
Popular Surnames in County Kerry
O'Sullivan, O'Connor, Shea, Murphy, McCarthy, Moriarty, Fitzgerald, O'Connell, Donoghue, Griffin.
The Killarney Genealogical Centre offers a Full Service and has access to church, land and census returns for that County.
The main records include:
- Roman Catholic records in County Kerry commence 1798
- Church of Ireland (Anglican/Episcopalian) commence 1771
- Methodist records start in the early 1833
The Kerry Genealogical Centre also holds copies of:
- The 1901 census
- Co Kerry Newspaper Obituaries
- Slaters Directory 1846
- Guys Directory 1886
- Tithe Applotment Books c1830
- O'Casey Vols
The centre has access to 1 million plus records with additions ongoing.
Famous people with Kerry Roots
Daniel O'Connell M.P. the famous Irish politican was a Kerryman and Dick Spring, Deputy Premier of Ireland is a native of County Kerry. Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty (Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican) had Kerry roots as did Mike Quill (President, Transport Workers Union of America).
Chief Towns in Co Kerry
Tralee, Killarney, Dingle, Listowel, Cahirciveen, Castleisland, Killorglin, Kenmare, Ballybunion.
Places of Interest in Co Kerry
Slea Head, Dingle, the Lakes of Killarney, Ross Castle and the famous 'Ring of Kerry' are known the world over.
Emigration from County Kerry
Emigration from Kerry began on a large scale circa 1845, then mainly to the east coast of the USA. Later emigration tended towards UK with a peak in 1940-60 period. Places to which people went include Springfield, Mass., Boston, Birmingham, London. Deportation to Australia and Tasmania in 1840-1900 period accounts for most of those of Irish extraction there.
In 1845-1848 the peak years of the Great Famine, Kerry lost about 30% of its population to death and emigration, with an excess mortality rate of +15%.