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County Kildare takes its name from St. Brigidís monastery beneath an oak tree; Cill Dara the church of the oak tree. This 6th century saint is one of the three patrons of Ireland. Little factual evidence is known about the saint but it is traditionally believed that she founded a monastery at
Kildare which was unique in that it was a mixed community of nuns and monks. It wasthere that she died in 525 AD. The eternal fire, which was tended by the nuns there, was extinguished at the time of the Reformation.

The stories about Brigid have been linked to a pagan sanctuary dedicated to the goddess Brigda on the same site, beneath the oak trees. Many miracles are attributed to Brigid, one of which explains her links with the Curragh plains.In reward for curing the local king of an ailment he offered her whatever she wished.
Her request was that her give her as much ground as her cloak would cover to graze her flock of sheep on the plain.

He agreed, and when she spread her cloak it marvelously spread out to cover the entire plain.
St. Brigidís Cross, woven from rushes, is said to have been first plaited by the saint when she was explaining the mysteries of the Christian gospel to a dying pagan.
The cross is still being made, and is place over the door to protect people from illness or bad luck.




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List of Kildare Civil distract's are Athy, Baltinglass, Celbridge, Edenderry & Naas.

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Irish Information

Griffiths Valuation, a property assessment of all properties in Ireland, took place during the
years 1848 to 1864.

Need a birth certificate or a marriage certificate from Ireland?

Birth certificates include the date and place of birth; the name; the sex; the name, surname
and residence of the father; the name, surname, maiden surname of the mother; the rank,
profession or occupation of the father; and the name and qualifications of the informant,
usually a family member. A given name was not obligatory, so some entries are Kelly, Male
or Clarke, Female. The FHLC holds microfilm copies of the index and certificates for 1864-1955.

Marriage certificates include the date and place of marriage; groom's name, age, marital status,
occupation or title, and residence; bride's name, marital status, age, occupation or title, and
residence. The names of the fathers of both parties and their occupations or titles are given
which makes them particularly relevant to genealogy. The church and the names of two
witnesses are also listed. Witnesses to the marriage are commonly family members and may
add clues to family linkages. Full age indicates that the person was at least 21 years old.

Registration of non-Catholic marriages began in 1845 in Ireland. Registration of births,
marriages and deaths, regardless of religion, began January 1, 1864. Certificates for
births, marriages and deaths for all of Ireland until 1922 and for the Republic until the
present are housed in Dublin. Belfast has the records for Northern Ireland from 1922 to present.

General Register Office
Joyce House
8-11 Lombard St.
, Dublin


What are Sealings for the Dead?
Sealings for the Dead" have to do with the LDS religion. They believe that if they search
and find their ancestry they can take each ancestor into the temple and have them baptized
and sealed.

The Ancestral Files found on the LDS family search are generally families who have been sealed.


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Newbridge, Co. Kildare.
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