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County Kilkenny is one of twelve counties in the province of Leinster and is situated in the south east of Ireland. Notable industries in the eighteenth century included woollen mills, limestone quarries and coal-mining. A lack of infrastructure resulted in a decline in the nineteenth century. The county town is also called Kilkenny.

Here’s some things you should know if you’re tracing your Kilkenny ancestors:

If you’re searching for your family’s births, marriages and deaths in Kilkenny you’ll need to know which civil registration district they were registered in. Eight districts lie within the county’s borders – Callan, Carrick on Suir, Castlecomer, Kilkenny, New Ross, Thomastown, and Waterford

Early street and trade directories are a great way of finding your ancestors in Kilkenny at a given time. You’ll find great resources like Bassett’s Kilkenny City and County Guide and Directory 1884 and Shearman’s Directory of Waterford, Kilkenny & The Southeast 1839 on Findmypast.

Kilkenny is very much a medieval city and the best symbol of this is the magnificent Kilkenny Castle. It’s also home to the first recorded charge of witchcraft in Ireland. Could you be descended from the Kilkenny witches?

There are over 2 million family history records related to Kilkenny on for you to explore. Discover your Marble County ancestors today.

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