Kildare (Bed and Breakfasts, Kildare, Ireland), a county of Ireland, province of Leinster, 37 m. long and 20 broad; bounded E by Dublin and Wicklow, W by King’s county and Queen’s county, N be E. Meath, and S by Catherlough, and containing 593 English acres, divided into 100 parishes. It sends 2 members to parliament. Its principal rivers are the Liffey, Barrow, and Boyne. A unique plain called the Curragh stretches across County Kildare (Self Catering, Kildare, Ireland), which is famous for horseracing, breeding and it has been the main training base for the Irish Army. Naas which comes from the Irish N� na Riogh, the assembly of Kings was the seat of the Kings of Leinster. There is a butterfly farm in Straffan, County Kildare (Holiday Homes, Kildare, Ireland). Before the arrival of the Normans, the region was part of the territories of the O’Byrnes and O’Tooles. Following the granting of the county to the Norman Fitzgeralds, these were forced to migrate east, into the barren and impregnable Wicklow Mountains. The Fitzgeralds became earls of Kildare and, later, Dukes of Leinster, and were virtual rulers of Ireland up to the sixteenth century. The seat of the Irish Oireachtais (parliament), Leinster House in Kildare Street, Dublin is named for these Fitzgeralds. In recent years, the county has seen a large growth in its population, due almost entirely to the expansion of the suburbs of Dublin.
The common surnames in Co. Kildare (Holiday Apartments, Kildare, Ireland) are Kelly, Byrne, Dunne, Nolan, Murphy, Lawler, Farrell, Doyle, Walsh, Dowling, Connor, Neill, Brennan, Moore and Kavanagh
This county has experienced steady emigration from 1800 to the 1860s. England and the north east of the USA were the main locations where Kildare emigrants settled.
The Kildare Heritage and Genealogy Company, History & Family Research Centre, Riverbank, Main Street, Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland
The Kildare (Holiday Cottages, Kildare, Ireland) Heritage & Genealogy Company offers a research service to the public and has access to church, land and census records for Co. Kildare only. Services are undertaken for a fee.
The main records include:
Roman Catholic records from 1753 to 1899. Start date of parishes vary considerably
Church of Ireland records from 1669. Start date of parishes vary considerably
Tithe Applotment Books
1840 partial census of Castledermot & Moone
Some graveyard inscriptions
The History and Family Research Centre has a large collection of material relating to local history in the county, including maps, genealogies, directories, photographs, finding aids etc. The following sources can be accessed directly by the public by appointment with the librarian only
Alphabetical Index to Townlands of Co. Kildare
1641 Book of Survey & Distribution
1654 Civil Survey
1659 Pender’s Census
Hearth Money Rolls, 1662
Tithe Applotment Books (1820s-1830s)*
Griffith’s Valuation (1850s)*
Index to Surnames of Griffith’s Valuation & Tithes
1840 Castledermot Census*
Newspapers – the main newspaper for the county is the Leinster Leader. A computerised index of this newspaper is currently being complied from 1880 and searches can be undertaken for a fee
*These sources are available to researchers in non-computerised and non-indexed format only. The Kildare Heritage & Genealogy Company can only undertake a search of the computerised genealogical index.