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Maps, Gazetteers, and Ordnance Survey Memoirs

Bartholomew, John. Philip's Handy Atlas of the Counties of Ireland, 1881, is on film 0912415.

Census of Ireland, 1871: Alphabetical Index to the Townlands and Towns of Ireland. Shows the civil parish, city, and county in which a townland is located. On fiche 6020345 - 6020353.

General Alphabetical Index to Townland & Towns, Parishes, & Baronies of Ireland (Based on the Census of Ireland for the Year 1851). Commonly called the Townland Index.

General Alphabetical Index to the Townlands and Towns of Ireland for the 1901 census includes electoral divisions and 1901 census schedule reference numbers. It is on film 0865092.

Lewis, Samuel. A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (2 vols.) Published in 1837.

Lewis, Samuel. Atlas to the Topographical Dictionary of Ireland is a book of county maps on film 0496477.

Mitchell, Brian. A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland contains county maps showing civil parishes, baronies, and poor law unions.

Parish Maps of Ireland shows all parish boundaries.

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland (10 vols.) was published in 1844. It is similar to Lewis's Topographical Dictionary, but it also contains statistical information from the 1831 and 1841 censuses. The gazetteer is on microfiche 6020358 - 6060382. Shows civil parish, barony, and county for each location.

Ordnance Survey Memoirs were written in the 1830s to accompany the Ordnance Survey Maps. They contain detailed information about parishes, including "the landscape and situation, buildings and antiquities, land-holdings and population, employment and livelihood of the parishes." Some parishes have very in-depth coverage listing such details as the names of people who emigrated or the names of people buried in the churchyard. The Memoirs cover the northern half of Ireland and are essential for understanding life in the years immediately preceding the Great Famine. See the table of Ordnance Survey Memoirs for a list of volumes and the parishes included. The entire series of Ordnance Survey Memoirs was recently indexed in the Ordnance Survey Memoirs: Index of People and Places (2002).
Irish Townland Maps are arranged by county and are on fiche 6342438 - 6342453 and 6343060 - 6343070.

Irish County Maps Showing the Location of Churches are in four volumes, one for each of Ireland's four provinces. They are county maps that show the locations of Church of Ireland (E), Roman Catholic (R), and Presbyterian (P) Churches. There are also tables stating the dates of commencement of records. These maps are on microfiche:



Microfiche Number

Munster 6020286
Ulster 6020301
Leinster 6020302
Connaught 6020303

For an online map see County Map of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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