We’re lucky that the Millstreet Parish (and Kerry Dioscese) baptism and marriage registrers have been digitised and indexed online since 2009, but yesterday the National Library of Ireland have put the microfilm of the of the Catholic Church Registers (pre 1900) for the whole country online. So where we had the information previously, we can now go and see the original entry in the parish registers.
There are four Registration Books for the Millstreet Parish (click the links below to see each one):
- Baptisms – 4th December 1853 to 16th July 1863
- Marriages – 14th January 1855 to 13th April 1881
- Baptisms – 21st July 1865 to 8th Sept 1878
- Baptisms (Cullen) – 12th January 1873 to 27th Feb 1881
Bordering Millstreet Parish, other register books of interest are:
- Carriganima Church Records are in the Clondrohid Register Books (Cloyne Diocese)
- Dromagh Church, and Derrinagree Church records are in the Dromtarriffe Registers (Cloyne Diocese)
- Kilcorney and Banteer Church records are in the Banteer (Clonmeen) Registers (Cloyne Diocese)
- Boherbue and Kiskeam Church records are in the Boherbue (Kilmeen) Registers (Kerry Diocese)
- Rathmore, Gneeveguilla, Knocknagree, and Shrone Churches are in the Rathmore Registers (Kerry Diocese)
Having browsed some of the records, and having compared them to the online records, it became obvious that whoever was transcribing the online records left entries blank where they could not decipher the handwriting.
One example is the marriage of Thomas Pomeroy and Maria Keliher of Ballydaly on 19th February 1855.
My advice is that if you have the details of your ancestor, check the register to make sure there isn’t more detail.
Unfortunately the records are not digitised and indexed, so you have to know what you’re looking for before you go browsing, otherwise you’ll have a tough time trying to find what you want. The plan is to have these digitised and online in the next three years.
It is strange though these are only a few of Millstreet’s registers. Millstreet’s online records cover from 1751 to 1903 (though there are a number of blanks in the middle). Maybe some of the records are not with the national library, we will try to find out.