Traditional Irish Homestead in Ballyduffy, Moyne, County Longford

Ancestry Research
Many of the visitors who come to County Longford from abroad are in search of information on their ancestors and are usually, but not always, of Farrell descent. Other family names associated with the area are Sheridan, Murphy, Rathigan, O’Neill and Kane. Their ancestors would usually have left Ireland during the famine years but also right up to and during the early 1900s’. The Longford diaspora have a wide reach, with communities in Britain, USA, Canada, Argentina, Mexico and even further afield in some cases.

Before beginning your research, it is essential that you collect as much information as possible. It is particularly important to try to establish the place (townland or parish) of origin of your ancestors. The key sources for genealogical research are the church and civil records. The original records of Catholic parishes are still held by the local clergy. Those of Church of Ireland parishes are held locally or else are in the Representative Church Library, Churchtown, Dublin. For information on the Presbyterian and Methodist congregations, you are advised to contact the clergy in both cases.

Important online sources.

The tithe applotment books, 1823-35 contain the names of landholders who paid tax to the Church of Ireland. They are available at:

Griffith’s Valuation (published in 1854 for Longford) contains the names of all occupiers of property and has very brief details of each holding. This is available at:

The 1901 and 1911 census records (the first complete censuses surviving for Longford) are available at:

Longford County Library, Heritage and Archives Services,
Town Centre,

There is a wide range of sources for Longford history and genealogy available in Library HQ. For further information, see

The Longford Genealogical Centre,
17 Dublin Street,

The centre has most church records in database format. Open on a part-time basis, it will deal with queries submitted by post or email. There are charges which are available on application.

Office of the Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths,
Health Centre,
Dublin Road,
00353- (0)43-3332226

The office holds state (civil) records of births, marriages and deaths from 1864. Please note it is a working office and does not have a research facility. You are advised to contact it to discuss your enquiry prior to visiting.

Further information on Genealogical Research in Longford can be found on the Explore Longford App available for download for both Apple iOS and Android Devices :
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County Longford Tourism Office Market Square, Longford, Ireland    Phone: +353 (0)43 33 42577 +353 (0)85 8888876    Email: