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Waterford County Library

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL:
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): WAT

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Waterford County Library H.Q.
Main Street
Co. Waterford
Tel: 058 54128
Fax: 058 54797
Contact: Eddie Byrne

Opening hours:

Monday: 0930-1300, 1400-1700
Tuesday: 0930-1300, 1400-1700
Wednesday: 0930-1300, 1400-1700
Thursday: 0930-1300, 1400-1700
Friday: 0930-1300, 1400-1700
Saturday: closed

Other Libraries:

3. Research Service

Service available? -

Fee-based? No

Provided by local Record Office? -
4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations None
Civil Registrars for Deaths for Waterford County from 1864-1900 soon to be available via the Waterford County Library OPAC

5. Census returns


6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Waterford sections of the following trade directions soon to be available via the OPAC:
Pigot: City of Dublin and Hibernian Provincial Directory 1824
Shearman: The New Commercial Directory for the Cities of Waterford and Kilkenny, Towns of Clonmel, Carrick-on-Suir, New Ross and Carlow 1839
Wenham Harvey & Co. The Waterford Almanack and Directory for 1877
Slater's Royal National Commercial Directory of Ireland 1856
Slater's Royal National Commercial Directory of Ireland 1881
Thom's Directory of City and County 1909/1910
Egan's Waterford Guide, 1894
Index of Slater's directory 1846 for the South East of Ireland

6(b) City and Town Directories


6(c) Telephone Directories


7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers


7(b) Poll Books


8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)


9. Unpublished Indexes


10. Parish Registers


11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)


12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material


13. Other material

Griffiths Valuation (a mid 19th century land valuation and a major census substitute) for County Waterford is now available via the OPAC
Index to biographical notices in newspapers of Limerick, Ennis, Clonmel and Waterford 1758-1821 (microfiche)

14. Guides to Collections

In-house-printed county bibliography

15. Local Record Offices

St Joseph's Hospital
Co. Waterford
Tel: 058 42199

Other information

Waterford County Library is a Local Authority Library. As such, it has a Local studies Collection, but could not by any means be described as a Family History Resource Centre having neither the staff time or indeed expertise to provide a 'Genealogical Service'. Having said that, the library does hold items of a genealogical nature and indeed actively seeks to build that resource, it being part of the heritage of the County. People do come to 'trace their ancestors' and are provided with as much attention as we can give them i.e. we make the index, microform, journal etc., available, set up any equipment, explain how it works, but they do the work themselves.