Researching Your Family History?

The Diocesan Office, The Bishop’s Office and The Communications Office are unable to provide any information about Family History. Some of the parish records are held by the Representative Church Body Library in Dublin, some are available from the Cobh Genealogical Project (below) and a few are held by individual parishes – the R.C.B. Library can provide information about these.

The Cobh Genealogical Project

This is a project which involves the computerising of all the Church of Ireland parish registers for the County of Cork. The Project also holds microfilm of all Cork County Church of Ireland Registers which are National Archives, and which escaped destruction in the Public Record Office in 1922. These contain marriage Records prior to 1845, and Baptism and Burial Records prior to 1870. Some go back to the 1650, but 1750 is more usual.

To date 200,000 Records have been processed. Approximately half the surviving records in the diocese.

The areas worked on are:

Cork Harbour Parishes and Cork city
The Beara Peninsular on the North side of Bantry Bay
Clonakilty and Timoleague
Fermoy Union
Youghal Union
Work in hand includes Moviddy Union and St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, Youghal.

Requests for Searches should be made by letter and should include ALL the information about the individual which the inquirer knows. Include copies of any relevant Baptismal, Marriage or Death Certificates that have been obtained. The fee for a simple search of the database is 25euro/ £20st /US $30. If the record is not found the request will be put on file and the inquirer notified when the information is discovered. If the area is not in the database then the same fee will cover search on microfilm, of up to three registers if the location is known.

Requests, including the fee, should be sent to:

Mr Pat OMahony
Cobh Genealogical Project
Lower Road
Co. Cork

Telephone: +353 21 481 3307
Email: click here