Skibbereen Heritage Centre, West Cork, Ireland, Online Databases

The online databases include:
• Loan Fund Records – a searchable database of the five local Loan Funds in West Cork. These ‘annals of the poor’ offer an insight into the circumstances of the ordinary people of West Cork prior to, and as a result of, the Great Famine
• Estate Records – Tenant records of the Wrixon-Becher estate of Creagh. The surviving records cover the tenants of the estate 1803-1919. They cover 86 townlands in the greater Skibbereen area, with the majority from the Creagh and Tullagh parishes, including Sherkin and Cape Clear islands.
• Tithe Applotment Books – records of those who were eligible to pay tithes to the Church of Ireland.  Includes records for 15 parishes in the Barony of West Carbery
• Townlands Database listing the townlands and street names for much of West Cork.
• National School Records. The information recorded varies but generally includes the pupil’s name, approximate age and year of attendance. Schools include Baltimore Industrial school, Drinagh boys school, Lisbeald, Lisheen boys and Lisheen girls schools.
West Cork Graveyards – Graveyards surveyed included Caheragh, Drimoleague, Drinagh, Creagh, Kilcoe, Aughadown as well as Abbeymahon and Chapel Lane Graveyards in Skibbereen. Transcribed burial registers, held by Cork County Council, are available for Abbeymahon, Abbeystrowry, Allihies, Ardagh, Ballymoney, Brade, Castlehaven, Coronea, Drimoleague, Durrus Island, Fanlobbus, Kilheangul (near Schull), Kilcaskan, Kilmacabea, Rathbarry, Schull, Sherkin Island, Tullagh and Whiddy Island. The Skibbereen Funeral Register transcriptions record over 2,000 burials in various graveyards in the Skibbereen area.  A search of the West Cork Graveyards database can include photographs, transcripts and burial details such as name, date of death, date of burial and address. The original pages from the registers are also available to download in PDF format if available.

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