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Research Aids - People

  •  Estate Maps of County Limerick - A pdf format database of all known maps and many estate rentals for the county and city of Limerick. All tenants' names have been transcribed, making it a valuable resource for genealogical research. It is an ongoing project which will be added to.​


  • Who was who in Medieval Limerick - A fully referenced index to people in medieval Limerick. It is believed to contain well over 95% of people whose names were recorded through the medieval period. It is hoped that the database will encourage further research on medieval Limerick. 


  • Who was who in early modern Limerick is a fully referenced index to people in 16th and 17th century Limerick. It is the continuation of the medieval Who was Who. It is an ongoing work and will expand over time. 



  • The Black Book of Limerick (76 Kb), published by James MacCaffrey in 1907 is a collection of medieval Latin documents relating to St Mary's Cathedral, Limerick. The original index of the book was extremely poor. This is a new index of people mentioned in the text. For an annotated index of place names click on  Black Book places (134 Kb) 

  •  Civil Survey of 1654 lists all people in the survey. No attempt has been made to regularise spellings of people and places. If searching try known variants of the names. 


  • The Limerick Corporation Index of 1843 (273 Kb) is a manuscript summary of Corporation leases compiled by the City’s Law Agent, Robert Potter in 1843, and contains leases from the 17th century onwards. There is an index of names at the end of the document.  This searchable file was published in the North Munster Antiquarian Journal, Volume 39, 1998-99.


  • Annates (78 Kb) is a record, in Latin, of appointments to church benefices in the Limerick diocese from 1421-1519. This searchable download is a simple index of the places named in the text. For the full Latin text see:- Obligationes pro Annatis Diocesis Limiricensis, 1421-1519 in, Archivium Hibernicum (Irish Historical Records) Vol. 10, 1943 pp104-62. English translations of most of the Annates can be found spread out within Begley’s, Diocese of Limerick, Ancient and Medieval, 1906, Dublin.


  • Constables is a fully referenced list of the constables of King John's Castle. While researching an article on Brevet Major William Butts RA, court-martialled in Limerick in 1829, the acting curator accumulated some information about his family which may be of use to family history researchers.


  • Brevet Major William Butts The information in this file was uncovered while researching the background of Brevet Major William Butts of the Royal Artillery who was court-martialled in Limerick in 1829 and dismissed the service.


  • Limerick and Clare soldiers in the Bombay Army This list was abstracted from the Families in British India Society website in September/October 2015 by Brian Hodkinson, Limerick Museum. It is intended as a search aid and not every bit of information is included.





Local Studies

An extensive collection of Limerick related materials, this local collection is an essential aid for anyone researching the history of Limerick Local Studies


The digitised collections are made freely available to the public to promote research into the history of Limerick via a virtual archive.

Museum Online Catalogue

Browse the Jim Kemmy Municipal Museum online catalouge and access our catalouge of over 55,000 artifacts showcasing the rich historical heritage of Limerick.

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Format: 2017-01-23
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