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Galway Geographical Information

County Galway (Irish: Contae na Gaillimhe) is located on the west coast of Ireland. It is in the Irish province of Connacht. The county takes its name from the city of Galway. It is the second largest county in Ireland, after County Cork. There are several strongly Irish-speaking areas in the west of the county. The population of the county at the April 2006 census was 159,052 (Figure does not include that of Galway City as it is a separate administrative unit).

Queries relating to specific families should go to one of the query forums listed or contact the  Ireland County Coordinator.

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Galway Records

Click on the links below to be taken to our online records submitted by our volunteer's and misc. data sources. Below are the pages of information that you can review containing mostly information about County Galway and some references to Ireland as a whole. These pages contain historical data and tolls that can be used for genealogy research and family connection to the people of Galway.

Birth Records    Baptisms    Death Records    Marriage   Land Owners

Galway Townlands

This section lists all the townlands and parishs of County Galway

This is a table of the approximately 4,556 townlands in County Galway, Ireland from Wikipedia

Townlands (A thru F)                         Townlands (G thru Z)

 Surname Registry

Check the surnames in our Ireland Surname Registry for your surnames.  Add your surnames for FREE to connect with others researching the same family names from Ireland

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Galway Maps 

Click the buttons below to research locations in County Galway. There are interactive maps as well as searchable maps

MyGuideIreland    GoIreland   County Courthouses


Current Project Pages

New records available from the Glinsk Parish Transcription Project

Part One of this project is available for all baptisms between 1851-1876. These records contain parents names, child sponsors, presiding priest, township and more...

Glinsk Transcription Project Part 1851 - 1876

Glinsk Transcription Project Part 1836 -1851 (NOW AVAILABLE)

Glinsk Transcription Project Part Three (3) (Available soon)

2009 Updated Volunteer Look-up page

Check out the newest information available from Cathy O'Neill including "Old Pension Records" and St. Nicholas Parish Records

Volunteer Researchers

Featured Family Website Pages

Galway GenWeb featured FAMILY WEBSITE

 O'Shaughnessy Family Homepage

Feeney Family Website

(Send us your family site to add to our pages and your family could be featured next)

County Galway Surname Interests Please check the Surname Interests section, as you may find others researching the same surname! If you would like to add your surname interests, please use our register HERE

County Galway Volunteer Researchers
NOTE: If you have any Galway records or information and would like to volunteer to do Look-Ups for people PLEASE email me. I would love to be able to add more to our Look-Up Volunteer page, and we would be delighted to have you join the team!

Galway Genealogy Resources Links to resources for county Galway with sections on historical sites and Ireland tourism. There is also a section for links to resources for the country of Ireland.

County Galway Family Homepages Please check the Homepage section, as you may find others researching the same surname! If you have a homepage dedicated to your family history research and would like it added, please email me

Other Irish Pages of Interest



The Origin and Signification of the Name of Galway - Galway took its name from a foreign colony alleged to have settled there at an early period. Tradition informs us, that previously to the arrival of Henry II, Galway was but an inconsiderable fishing village, under the protection of an Irish dune or fortress.

Old Irish Naming Pattern - In search for names of your Irish ancestors, it might be helpful to identify a family that is related to your by the names in each family. Below is a typical pattern the Irish families would us when naming their children.

Irish Family Mottos - This site won the Links2go award in July 1998
There are 350 Irish surnames listed together with their mottos and their meanings

Eighteenth & Nineteenth Century Census Substitutes, provided by Patrick Hogan  -
Here is a list of various records that could help in your research where standard public documents have not produced the results you need. Search any of the titles listed in an Internet Search engine to find out more.

Irish Emigrant Publications -  READ ABOUT -On the 24th April 1916, it was Easter Monday in Dublin, the second city of the extensive British Empire which long included, among its captured dominions, the four provinces of Ireland. At four minutes past noon, from the steps of Dublin's General Post Office, the President of the Provisional Government, Patrick Pearse, read the Proclamation of Independence.

The First Arrival To Ellis Island - She was Annie Moore, a thirteen year old girl from Ireland, the first immigrant to step foot at the newly opened Ellis Island Immigration Station. The year was 1892. They celebrate Annie’s heritage every March 17, on St. Patrick’s Day! 

The Origin of the Rosary - Theologians have traced the origin of the Rosary back to the Ninth century as a form of prayer that evolved in the monasteries of the early Irish church. Prayer and labor filled the days of the Irish monks, and one of the most important forms of monastic prayer was the daily chanting of the 150 psalms of David. Lay people around the monastery would hear the psalms every day as they were sung or recited, and the beauty of this form of prayer intrigued them. They yearned to join in, but the psalms were too long to memorize, copies could not be found since printing was rare, and few knew how to read Latin anyway.

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