Research Help & Links

On this page we offer information on where to look for information relating to Shea and O’Shea ancestors. With more Irish indexes and records going online, genealogical research is getting easier. Note that most Kerry and Cork “O’Shea” families used “Shea” until at least the late 1800s, if not until the early 20th century, so make sure you look for both.

Here are links to information which deals with Land Occupancy in Kerry and Land Occupancy in Cork. Other counties follow similar patterns but the Tithe Applotments and Griffith’s Valuation may have been undertaken, at a slightly different time, in other counties. Also, the source of this data will not be O’Kief, Coshe, Mang as these volumes deal mostly with parts of Kerry and Cork. [updated January 2010]

Ireland – general links

Irish Civil Records Index courtesy of the Mormon website, free and searchable

Griffith’s Valuation free and searchable survey (circa 1850)

1901 and 1911 Irish Censuses, Tithe Applotments and Soldiers’ Wills 1914-1917 Free and searchable

Here is a link to A FREE and searchable website for some Irish Church records including some for West Cork, Cork City, Kerry, Carlow and Dublin

Irish Townland list. The townland is the smallest land denomination in Ireland and can often be the key to locating a family

Ordnance Survey Maps of Ireland. You can zoom in to see townland names etc.

Irish Family History Foundation an online paying Irish Genealogical website. Note that County Kerry records are not online and ONLY Cloyne Diocese (North Cork and part of Kerry) are available for County Cork. Check for availablity of records for other counties.

List of deaths (newspaper source) Search for Surname in obituary list

Online Irish Genealogical resources Great List of Resources

Online of Irish Genealogical Sites Cyndi’s List of Resources

Irish Genealogy useful links

Ulster Ancestry has some interesting information.

Irish Genealogy

A good information guide to Irish genealogical resources and repositories

Irish Origins a paying site but good value

Irish Genealogy Archives free, voluntary archive

County Kerry

Here is a link to the Kerry County Council online graveyard records: Kerry Co. Co. Burial records

Here is a link to A FREE and searchable website for Catholic records in Kerry.

The following online webpage townlands of Kerry might help with finding locations in the census.

Map of Kerry Catholic Parishes on Diocese of Kerry website. Click on Parish Index to see map.


List of townlands in Kerry

Website with Kerry Data

Irish Times RC Parish Map for Kerry. Click on a parish for more information.

Kerry Genealogy Extensive Genealogical site

Tracing Your Kerry Ancestors book on tracing Kerry ancestors.

County Cork

Here is a link to A FREE and searchable website for Catholic records in West Cork and Cork City…not all are online yet.

Mallow Heritage Centre church records online for the Diocese of Cloyne – North and East Cork (payign site.

Irish Times RC Parish Map for NW Cork. Note you can find maps for S.W. Cork and East Cork by clicking on the map

Cork Genealogical Society Great Cork site

Diocese of Cork and Ross Cork and Ross (Catholic) Diocese site

Tithes by Dioceses for County Cork Search for Sheas in early 1800s, Cork

Irish Times RC Parish Map for NW Cork. Note you can find maps for S.W. Cork and East Cork by clicking on the map

Tithes by Dioceses for County Cork Search for Sheas in early 1800s, Cork

Tracing Your Cork Ancestors book on tracing Cork ancestors

Mallow Field Journal Names Index

Bandon Genealogy

Skibbereen Heritage Centre

County Limerick

Limerick City Council Archives includes online digital archives.

County Waterford

Waterford Library Family History Good Genealogical Site

County Kilkenny

Kilkenny Library Local Studies Good start for research

County Clare

Co. Clare Library genealogy resources

North American (USA and Canada)

Shea Marriages:Shea marriages at the Basilica of St John the Baptist 1793-1870, Newfoundland

Shea Marriages:Shea baptisms at the Basilica of St John the Baptist 1803-1867, Newfoundland

Steven Morse: “One-Step Portal for On-Line Genealogy”
Link to 1911 Census for Canada

Irish in New York City
Data on Irish Immigrants to the USA
Familysearch.org

Castle Garden
Ellis Island

Misc. Shea Links

Mary Maureen Shea of Co. Mayo born 1784 probably in Sandyhill, Killadeer she married a Costello who was from Gorthbawn Co Mayo he was a tailor.

Descendants of Walter Shea Newfoundland (from Waterford, Ireland).