Civil Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths

Civil registration began in 1864. Records of births (from 1864), marriages (from 1870), deaths (from 1878) are available up to 100, 75, and 50 years ago respectively at The addition of the missing death records has been repeatedly delayed over the past number of years.

The relevant locations for searching Annaghdown records are Galway (which includes Turloughmore Registrar’s District, townlands in the south and west of the parish) and Tuam (which includes Headford Registrar’s District, townlands in the north and east of the parish). We have transcribed some of these records as follows:
The first four Annaghdown registrations in the Registrar’s District of Turloughmore
Census Records, 1901 & 1911

Census records are available at The relevant District Electoral Divisions are Annaghdown, Liscananaun, and Killower (mistranscribed as Killoner in 1911). No distinction is made between the two electoral districts of Annaghdown, in the Unions of Galway and Tuam, respectively. None of the surviving nineteenth century census records relate to Annaghdown or the areas surrounding it.

Roman Catholic Parish of Annaghdown 

Parish Registers (baptisms and marriages) for years 1834-1880, are available online at, and can now be searched for free at Note that there are several gaps in the Annaghdown registers, for various reasons, most notably for 1869-1875. These may be substituted by searching the Registers of Births for Turloughmore (Galway Union) and Headford (Tuam Union) – see the civil records section above.

A particularly useful page from the Catholic Marriage Register of 1866, giving the names of the parents in addition
A particularly useful page from the Catholic Marriage Register of 1866, giving the names of the parents in addition to the usual details
Established Church of Ireland Parish of Annaghdown 

Baptisms (1811-1877), marriages (1815-1856) and burials (1835-1856) were recorded. All of these records were lost in the Public Records Office of Ireland fire in 1922. Corresponding civil marriage records from the 1850s onward survive, and will eventually be available on The records for Lackagh, which was united with Annaghdown, were similarly lost.

Griffith’s Primary Valuation, 1851-55

Griffith’s Primary Valuation of Ireland, giving the names of heads of household in the mid 1850s, are available at

Tithe Applotment Books, 1821

A complete set of searchable images is available online at The recorded tithes for Annaghdown are an incomplete listing of tenants in the case of most townlands, although they are in fact better than most of the surrounding parishes. In principle, medium to larger tenant farmers and landholders seem to have been recorded. It should be noted that townland boundaries and names were not standardised until Griffith’s Valuation, and the spellings appearing in the Tithe Applotment Books are largely different from the standard spellings..

Cemetery Records

Limited voluntary transcriptions are available on the Find A Grave website. Transcriptions for Annaghdown Abbey have been completed and are available here.

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