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Commericial Directories Freeholders Miscellaneous Records
  GV Field, House, etc. Books  

Censuses: While government censuses were taken in Ireland every ten years from 1821 to 1911, only 1901 and 1911 have survived for Co. Leix along with some fragments of 1821. 

1659 Census:  'Pender's Census' with number of English and Irish living in each townland and principal Irish names in each barony.  Edited by Seamus Pender in 1939.  Records the names of persons with title to land.
Barony of Ossery
Barony of Upper Ossery
Barony of Maryborrough
Barony of Sliemargeagh
Barony of Cullenagh
Barony of Ballyadams
Barony of Portnyhinch
Barony of Stradbally
Barony of Tynahinch

The number of people in County Queens and in each barony:

Barony Pages English Irish Total
Ossory 11 350 2663 3013
Upper Ossory 13 92 619 711
Maryborogh 17 231 1638 1869
Sliemargeagh 23 112 954 1066
Cullenagh 20 164 1174 1338
Ballyadams 25 104 592 696
Portnihinch 28 101 728 829
Stradbally 31 89 709 798
Tynahinch 33 153 642 795
    1396 9719 11115

1766 Religious Census:  The largest religious census was conducted in 1766, when each Church of Ireland minister was requested to provide a listing of the members of each denomination in his parish.  Although some were completed as requested, many ministers provided only the details on Church of Ireland parishioners, and omitted Catholics, Presbyterians, etc.  Others provided a complete survey of all local inhabitants, including family names and the numbers of children in the household. In County Leix only the Householders of Parish of Lea exists.

Tithe Applotments: A unique land survey taken as a way to determine the amount of tax payable by landholders to the Church of Ireland, the Tithe Applotment Books represent a virtual census for pre-Famine Ireland.  In the original enumeration, each landholder was recorded along with details such as townland, size of holding, land quality and types of crops. (parishes are civil parishes)

Bordwell Civil Parish, Donaghmore and Abbeyleix Poor Law Union,  Clarmallagh Barony
Borris Civil Parish, Mountmellick Poor Law Union, Marborough East Barony
Shrule Civil Parish, Carlow Poor Law Union, Slievemargy Barony
Skirk Civil Parish, Donaghmore Poor Law Union, Clandonagh Barony
Sleaty Civil Parish, Carlow Poor Law Union, Slievemargy Barony
Straboe Civil Parish, Mountmellick Poor Law Union, Marborough East Barony
Tullomoy Civil Parish, Athy Poor Law Union, Stradbally & Ballyadams Baronies

House, Quarto, Tenure, Field & Miscellaneous Books: The vaulation of all property and agricultural land in Ireland was a process which took almost 50 years. The records which were generated in the carrying out of his work culminated in the published Valuation of Ireland whose popular name was that of the man, Richard Griffith, who personally organized and directed the whole effort (see above). The unpublished notebooks of the Valuers who performed their tasks under detailed instructions laid down by Griffith have, in most cases, survived and provide a considerable amount of supplementary information that is available in the published Valuation Books. These notebooks have been divided into the following categories: House, Quarto, Tenure, Field and Miscellaneous Books. Some of these notebooks contain information recorded 10 or 15 years before the published valuation. Such records, together with the Tithe Applotment Books, give rare and valuable insights into people and society in pre-famine Ireland.

Griffith's Valuation: The Griffith's Valuation references individuals who occupied property in Ireland between 1848 and 1864.  Since no Irish census of the nineteenth century has survived, Griffith's Valuation is of extreme importance.  Like the tithes, it lists the head of household, townland and land information.
John Hayes' website, Griffith Valuation Index: For County Laois/Leix/Queens


Aharney Civil Parish, Abbeyleix Poor Law Union, Clarmallagh Barony
Attanagh Civil Parish, Abbeyleix Poor Law Union, Clarmallagh Barony
Bordwell Civil Parish,
Donaghmore and Abbeyleis Poor Law Union, Clarmallagh Barony
Cloydagh Civil Parish, Carlow Poor Law Union, Slievemargy
Coolkeery Civil Parish, Donaghmore/Abbeyleix Poor Law Unions, Clarmallagh/Clandonagh Baronies
Glashare Civil Parish, Abbeyleix Poor Law Union, Clarmallagh Barony
Kilcolmanbane Civil Parish, Mountmellick & Abbeyleix Poor Law Unions, Maryborough East & Cullenagh Baronies
Kilcolmanbrack Civil Parish, Abbeyleix Poor Law Union, Cullenagh Barony
Kildellig Civil Parish, Donaghmore Poor Law Union, Clarmallagh Barony
Killenny Civil Parish, Mountmellick Poor Law Union, Stradbally Barony
Killermogh Civil Parish, Abbeyleix Poor Law Union, Clarmallagh Barony
Kilteale Civil Parish, Mountmellick & Athy Poor Law Unions, Maryborough East & Stradbally Baronies
Monksgrange Civil Parish, Athy Poor Law Union, Ballyadams Barony
Rathsaran Civil Parish, Donaghmore Poor Law Union, Clandonagh Barony
Rosconnell Civil Parish
, Abbeyleix Poor Law Union, Clarmallagh/Cullenagh Baronies
Shrule Civil Parish, Carlow Poor Law Union, Slievemargy Barony
Sleaty Civil Parish, Carlow Poor Law Union, Slievemargy Barony
Tecolm Civil Parish, Athy Poor Law Union, Ballyadams Barony
Timogue Civil Parish, Athy Poor Law Union, Stradbally Barony
Tullomoy Civil Parish, Athy Poor Law Union, Stradbally & Ballyadams Baronies

Church Registers: Include baptisms, marriages and death records of the church.

County Laois Baptismal & Birth Records, interactive, submit your records, see other records that may relate to your family;
County Laois Marriage Records, interactive, submit your records, see other records that may relate to your family;
Church of Ireland Marriage Licenses from Diocese of Dublin, 1638 -1794
Diocese of Killaloe Marriage License Bonds, from the original manuscript which is in the British Museum
Dublin Prerogative Marriage Licenses (also called Marriage Bonds),  for Co. Leix, Protestant records
Laois Marriage Bonds from the Dioceses of Ferns, Ossory & Leighlin, Protestant records for surname A-D
Aghaboe RC Parish, church records, 1797-1880
Portarlington RC Parish baptisms 1820-1864, for assorted surnames
Raheen RC Parish church records 1845-1872, marriages, baptisms for assorted surnames

Meredith Church of Ireland records, extracted from the original church registers and contributed to the website by Sharon Haggerty, (these include many names other than Meredith)
Maryborough Parish Burials: 1793 - 1999
Maryborough Parish Marriages:  1793 - 1931
Maryborough Parish Baptisms:  1793-1886
Clonenagh Parish Baptisms:  1749 - 1826
Clonenagh Parish Baptisms:  1826-1881
Clonenagh Parish Marriages:  1794-1916
Clonenagh & Ballyfin Parish Marriages: 1794 - 1916
Clonenagh Parish Burials:  1749-1962
Ballyfin Parish Baptisms: 1821-1858
Offerlane Parish Baptisms, Marriages, Burials
Abbeyleix, Coolbanagher, Clonaslee & Rosenallis Parishes Baptisms

Graveyard Inscriptions:

Gravestone Markers, from all over mentioning County Leix, Laois or Queen, Page 1, Page 2
Memorials of the Dead Dysart (Enos) Churchyard, Journal of the Memorials of the Dead in Ireland Vol IX
Memorials of the Dead Killinard Churchyard, Journal of the Memorials of the Dead in Ireland Vol IX

Civil Registration:  Civil registration began in Ireland for non-Catholic marriages in 1845, and then for all births, marriages and deaths in 1864.  All events are registered in Registrar Districts (old Poor Law Union boundaries).

Assorted County Leix Flynn births, 1866 to 1875

Land Owners

John Hayes' website.  Landowners in Ireland by county in alphabetical order. The names and address of every land owner in Ireland 1876 who had at least one acre of land. These files are PDF and text format.

Encumbered Estate of Peter Gale Esqr, Barony of Slievemargy, includes Ashford, Gales Hall, Raheen, see maps in Facts & Maps section, Source: FHL# 0258813
Lands of Lisbigney in Barony of Cullinagh, Queen's County, see map in Fact & Maps section, Source: FHL# 0258813
Landowners in County Laois ca. 1870, contributed by Jean Rice

Specific Surname Records for County Leix/Laois/Queens

Assorted County Leix Flynn births, 1866 to 1875
Langton Baptismal and Marriage Records Diocese of Kildare and Laois, contributed by Jim Langton
Miscellaneous Langton Records, contributed by Jim Langton
Dempsey Baptisms From Portarlington, contributed by Carmela Kelly
Loughman Baptisms, extracted by Geralyn Wood Barry
Meredith Church of Ireland, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, see above under Church Records
Ryan Baptisms, contributed by Cheryl Ryan
Fitzpatrick and Bergin Records

List of Freeholders of Co. Leix, gives name, address and date of registration

Freeholders in the Queen's County from 1 Jan 1758 - 1 Dec 1775  

Commerical Directories

1824 Pigot's Directory of Maryborough

Miscellaneous Records

Petitioners for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors - 1783
Oaths of Allegiance, contributed by Sheryl Zenzerovich
Assorted Names and Records, contributed by Carmela Kelly

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