A fascinating and important repository for County Cork is the Cork City and County Archives in Blackpool: www.corkarchives.ie A wide variety of records are housed at this archive. Some of the record categories include; cemetery/burial registers, the workhouse records from the Poor Law Unions, tax and valuation books, local government and health records, election and voters records, school registers, landlord estate papers, directories, Quaker records and published genealogical indexes and reference material.
Where records have been digitized and placed online, this has been noted on the website. For example, some of the major cemetery interment registers are online; as is an 1831 Valuation List of tenants from Holy Trinity Parish in Cork City. Other important works are the Cork Electors of Freemen prepared for the 1783 Irish Parliament election in Cork City; a list of Freemen in Cork City (1710-1841); directories (1845) and a membership in the Irish Volunteers (1913-14).
One part of the website not to be overlooked is the inventory of “Collections.” These are inventories of the collections by name of the depositor, topic or place. They range from the straightforward to the pleasantly surprising and odd. One of these odd ones is the “Cork Shakespearian Society” (1894-1901, 1941). If this involved your ancestor then the minute books, lectures, and newspaper clippings would certainly be of interest. Detailed inventories also include more common records such as the Poll Books and the Board of Guardian records. Another important inventoried source is to the Quaker records (Cork and Munster) which is to the 32 rolls of microfilm of records held in Dublin covering 1650-1909.
This archive is not only amazing, but has the potential to help fill in details in your family history beyond what you may have already found in the church registers.
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