My Ancestor Was A … Clergyman

Should your ancestor have been a clergyman, the following sources will get you started in tracing further information on these family members:

Roman Catholic

  • The Irish Catholic Directory, which is printed annually from 1837

Eneclann have published A Complete Catholic Registry, Directory, and Almanack 1836 and A Complete Catholic Registry, Directory, and Almanack 1837 which states the priests and curates for each parish.

Church of Ireland


  • An Alphabetical Arrangement of all the Weslyan Methodist Preachers and missionaries (Bradford T Inkersley) covers Methodist clergy in the British Isles giving locations and years of service.


  • The Rev. James McConnell’s Fasti of the Irish Presbyterian Church 1613-1840 (Presbyterian Historical Society, Belfast: 1938) and
  • John M. Barkly’s Fasti of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland 1840-1910 (3 vols., Presbyterian Historical Society, Belfast: 1936-1987)

Obituaries for clergymen dating from the latter half of the nineteenth century may also provide further genealogical information.  Likewise, contemporary directories would provide listings of clergymen serving at the time.

Further sources can be found in the National Library of Ireland.

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