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Ireland: Local history studies & Research projects

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Allan, Kenneth. Annaghroe Road, Kilsampson townland, parish of Aghaloo (2015). Online at Wikimedia Commons (accessed 2023-10-14). Edited by Alison Kilpatrick (2023). Image is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0.


The following is a list of local history studies and research projects conducted or in progress for selected parishes or townlands in Ireland: —

Please note that many of the local history articles presented on Arborealis flow from the editor’s family history research interests. Thus the depth and breadth of topics will be specific to certain districts and delimited by certain periods of time. — Republication of transcripts under the sub-menu items, above, is in progress. (2021-01-28).

Short reading list :: local history studies:

  • Crawford, W.H. Townlands in Ulster: Local History Studies. Belfast: Ulster Historical Foundation, 1999.
  • Edwards, Ruth Dudley, and Bridget Hourican. An Atlas of Irish History. London: Routledge, 2006.
  • Gillespie, Raymond, and Myrtle Hill. Doing Irish Local History: Pursuit and Practice. Belfast: Institute of Irish Studies, Queen’s University of Belfast, 1998.
  • Lewis, Samuel. A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland. Published by Samuel Lewis, 1837. — Digital versions available for download at AskAboutIreland (supported by the Irish Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.)
  • Maynooth Research Guides. Dublin: Four Courts Press.
  • Mitchell, Frank, and Micahel Ryan. Reading the Irish Landscape. Dublin: Town House, 2003.
  • Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland, an incomplete survey of the island of Ireland as the scheme was halted in 1839/40; consists of 40 vols., pub. 1830s, covering the counties of Antrim, Armagh, Donegal, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry, and Tyrone, with briefer survey material for counties Cavan, Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan, and Sligo. Sample bibliographical reference:
    • Day, Angélique, and Patrick McWilliams, eds. Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland. Parishes of County Armagh. Belfast: Institute of Irish Studies, Queen’s University in association with the Royal Irish Academy, 1991.
  • Statistical Surveys of many counties around Ireland, including Antrim (1802?), Armagh (1804), §Cavan (1802), §Clare (1808), §Cork (1810), §Donegal (1802), Down (1802), §Dublin (1801), §Galway (1824), §Kildare (1807), §Kilkenny (1802), King’s [Offaly] (1801), §Leitrim (1802), Londonderry (1802), §Mayo (1802), §Meath (1802), §Queen’s [Laois] (1801), §Roscommon (1832), §Sligo (1802), Tyrone (1802), and §Wexford (1807); various authors. Sample bibliographical reference:
    • Coote, Charles. Statistical survey of the county of Armagh, with observations on the means of improvement : drawn up in the years 1802, and 1803, for the consideration, and under the direction of the Dublin society. Published in Dublin, 1804.

Modern reprints have been published.
§ Digital copies available for download at AskAboutIreland. Start with that site’s eBooks by County page. Each of the county pages (i.e., those counties in the Republic) also feature county history texts.

Source citation for this page: — Kilpatrick, Alison. “Ireland: Local history studies and research projects.” Index page for Irish local history studies and research projects undertaken by Alison Kilpatrick; online at Arborealis,, accessed [insert date of access].

Updated 15th Oct. 2023.