County Clare in Ireland
County Clare (Contae an Chláir in Irish) is in the
Irish province of Munster. It is located on the west coast of Ireland,
northwest of the River Shannon and bordering Lough Derg. Area: 3,147
km² (1,215 square miles). Its capital is the town of Ennis.
County Clare succeeded the district of Thomond (which was part of
Connacht), and when first created it was sometimes called County
Thomond. Its nickname is the Banner County, which refers to a
former local tradition of carrying banners at political meetings and
Clare plays host to two of the Country’s natural attractions.
Firstly, the Cliffs of Moher and secondly. The Burren, whose
geology, flora, caves, archaeology and history set it apart as a place
of great mystery and beauty.
The River Shannon and Lough Derg form the eastern
boundary of County Clare. On the west is the wonderfully varied
Atlantic coast, with mighty cliffs, caverns and sandy bays. To the
north this rugged coast rises nearly 700 feet above the sea in the
sheer Cliffs of Moher; here also is the amazing limestone district
called the Burren, with its many caves, underground streams and rare
flora. On the south is the broad Shannon estuary, where Ireland's
greatest river meets the sea.
Register Office (Oifig An Ard-Chláraitheora) is the
central repository for records relating to Births, Deaths and
Marriages in the Republic of Ireland. It is concerned with civil
registration matters only, and does not engage in genealogical
research. Records of marriages other than Roman Catholic marriages
date back to 1st April 1845. Records of Births, Deaths and Roman
Catholic Marriages date to 1st January, 1864.
for County Clare genealogy researchers
Guide to Irish Research, includes links to maps, Irish
history, FHC film #'s, census records and anything important
for the Irish genealogy researcher
- County Clare Library
Their website includes some very good articles on the history of
the county. You can search the Griffiths Valuation for
County Clare at this site. Also available for search:
Origins of Heraldry, Parishes and Church Records, Land Owners in
Clare 1876, Deaths in the Liscannor area 1864-1870, List of
Tenants on Colonel O'Callaghan's Estate, Bodyke, 1890s,
Biographical Notices appearing in The Clare Champion newspaper
- The Clare Champion
County Clare's local newspaper
Parish/town History Book Website Many town and/or
parishes in Ireland have written histories. The Parish
History Book website is a central point where local history books
are listed by county and can be very helpful to the Irish
genealogical research. First, they tell the history of the
area, recount many local stories and at times include the tithes
and Griffiths Valuation data for the area.
LDS Family Search listing of County Clare holdings.
This site lists all microfilms, fiche and publications that can be
found in the LDS Family History Library near you. You can
get the film numbers on line at this site and order the film at
Griffiths Valuation, This Full Name Index to the valuation
gives Surname, Forename, Town or Townland, Parish and Poor Law
Union of individuals named in the published valuation. A person
owning or leasing property in more than one townland will appear
separately for each townland. Thetype of property held (i.e. house,
garden, office or acreage of land), its valuation and map
reference numbers are not included and theprinted valuation will
have to be consulted for this information.
of Ireland Parish Registers. A table by parish with
corresponding earliest dates when records are available, includes
baptism, marriage and death records.
to County Clare, genealogy, heritage and historical sites.
Clare Roman Catholic Church Registers. A table
showing the available records and the earliest date when records
are available. It is listed by both Civil Parish and
corresponding Catholic Parish.
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