Parish Registers

Parish Registers: An Overview

Family history researchers in County Waterford now have access to baptism and marriage records RC Parishes  from the Roman Catholic Parish Registers. Dungarvan Central Library and the County Archive holds microfilm copies of registers for the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore. Unlike earlier records, parish registers provide evidence of direct links between one generation and the next, through baptismal entries, and one family and another via marriage entries.

These registers take researchers back generations, some parishes having records going back to 1700, providing genealogical information to the date that the Civil Registers in 1864 can be accessed. With a bit of concentrated searching these microfilms offer family history researchers an opportunity to delve deeper into their roots.

Guide to Using Registers

The List of Parish Registers on Microfilm includes:Folklore Image (tn)  

  • Alphabetical list of parishes
  • Covering dates of the registers in each parish
  • Microfilm Reel Number of each film.

Download Index to Parish Registers on Microfilm below:

Diocese of Waterford & Lismore: Index (Diocese of Waterford & Lismore: Index, 73 kbs)    

If you only know the name of the civil parish, you could consult either Samuel Lewis’s Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837) which gives a description of each civil parish and includes information regarding the corresponding Catholic parish.

Booking Microfilm Services

Contact Dungarvan Library at 058-41231 or email dungarvanlibrary@waterfordcoco.ieMicrofilm Reader  

Contact County Archive at 058- or email

Alternatively complete our Enquiry form, providing us with contact details and date/time requested.

  • Those using Microfilm Readers must sign in at the library desk prior to commecing a session.
  • A maximum of two sessions per day only is allowed. Session duration is one hour.
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