History & Genealogy


At most of the branch libraries, a selection of local histories on County Monaghan is available, for example:

  • The Monaghan Story by Peadar Livingstone
  • Shirley's History of Monaghan
  • Clogher Records
  • History Of Monaghan For Two Hundred Years 1660-1860 by Denis Carolan Rushe
  • Patrick Kavanagh poetry & prose
  • Local Parish Histories
  • Carrickmacross & Clones Lace
  • Archaeological Inventory of County Monaghan
  • At The Ford Of The Birches: The History Of Ballybay, It's People and Vicinity
  • The Plight Of Monaghan Protestants, 1912-1926
  • County Monaghan Sources in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
  • Monaghan In The Eighteenth Century by Denis Carolan Rushe
  • A Time of Desolation, Clones Poor Law Union 1845-50
  • Death Notices & Obituaries in the Northern Standard Newspaper 1839 - 1939.
  • Death Notices & Obituaries in The Peoples Advocate Newspaper 1876 - 1906.
  • Death Notices & Obituaries in The Monaghan Argus Newspaper 1954 - 1959
  • Death Notices & Obituaries in The Farney Leader Newspaper 1908 - 1909
  • Index to the North Monaghan Inquisition Book April 1846 - December 1855 hend by William Charles Waddle.
  • Tithe Applotments, c1830 in book format.

The Local History Collection for the county is located in Clones Library, which also includes various books by local Monaghan authors.

Available only at Clones Library:

  • Roman Catholic Church Records for the Diocese of Clogher up to 1880  (On MicroFilm)
  • Presbyterian Church Records for Ballyalbany, Legnacreeve/Braddox, Scotstown, Corlea & *Derryvally (Marriages only) (On CD Rom)
  • Church of Ireland Records for Tydavnet, Tyholland, Donagh, Errigal Shanco & Trough, Clontibret, Drumsnat & Kilmore. (On CD Rom)
  • Folklore Collection of County Monaghan 1930’s (On Micro Film)
  • Grand Jury Presentments 1822-1834 (On Micro Film)
  • Outrage Papers 1832-1852 (On Micro Film)
  • Manuscripts of Irish Civilisation (On Micro Film)
  • Clogher Records 1953 to Present (Books)
  • Register of Presbyterian Marriages for Derryvalley 1846-1953 and 1849-1956 (Books)
  • The Corry’s of County Monaghan (Book)
  • The Cahan’s Register & Index (Books)
  • Admittance Register for Monaghan County Infirmary 1846-1849 + Index (Books)
  • North Monaghan Inquisition Book April 1846 – December 1855 by Coroner William Charles Waddle (Books)
  • Club and Parish Histories (Books)
  • The Northern Standard Newspaper 1839 to Present (Micro Film)
  • The Peoples Advocate Newspaper 1876 - 1906 (Micro Film)
  • The Farney Leader 1908 – 1909 (Micro Film)
  • The Clones Weekly Chronicle 1906 – 1908 (Micro Film)
  • The Monaghan People 1906 – 1908 (Micro Film)
  • The Anglo Celt 1846 – 2007 (Micro Film)
  • The Monaghan Argus 1875 – 1881 and 1954 – 1959 (Micro Film)
  • The Dublin Penny Journal 1832 – 1836 (Micro Film)
  • The Dundalk Democrat 1849 – 1929 and 1931 – 1948 (Micro Film)
  • Griffiths Valuation Maps (Books)
  • 1835 Parish Maps (Book)
  • Transportation of County Monaghan Convicts to Australia (Books)
  • Report of Condition of Poor in Ireland 1836
  • Workhouse Minute Books For Carrickmacross and Castleblayney

The 1901 & 1911 Census are available on microfilm in Clones Library and are also available online. Click on the following link http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/search/ 

Check our online catalogue for more titles.


Monaghan County Library Services published a booklet on Researching your ancestors in County Monaghan. View this booklet in PDF format below, which also lists sources available in the Local History Collection.

Trace Your Ancestors Booklet (pdf 514KB)

Local History & Genealogy Research Facilities:

There are 3 Microfilm readers & printers located in the Clones Library. It is advisable to book in advance for use of the microfilm reader by contacting the staff at Clones Library 047-74712

Access Hours for the Microfilm reader is as follows:

Monday 11.00am -8.00pm
Tuesday to Friday 11.00am -5.00pm

Local History & Genealogical Services Contact Person - Catriona Lennon clennon@monaghancoco.ie or 00353-47-74713

Useful Local History Websites: