Mayor launches Kerry Burial Records Website

Released: 02 August 2011

Details of over 70,000 burial records in Kerry have been uploaded to a new website, which will greatly assist those in looking to trace their roots.

The website www.kerrylaburials.ie was officially launched by the Mayor on Thursday, 28 July, at Áras an Chontae has seen the burial registers for all public graveyards in Kerry collected and scanned into one database.

Details of over 70,000 burials in Kerry, dating back to the 1800’s have also been indexed, allowing people all over the world to search the records by name, address, date of burial or graveyard. The website also contains detailed maps giving directions to each of the public graveyards in Kerry.

Mayor Buckley stated that this project was hugely important to those interested in their family history and those looking to trace their roots and would also benefit the county in terms of visits from those looking for where their predecessors come from and are buried.

“Just think of the many hundreds of thousands of people who left from Kerry over the past centuries to travel to foreign shores in search of work,” he explained.

“Now their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren are scattered across the globe in their millions. These are people who are hugely aware of their Irish and Kerry heritage and are actively looking to trace their roots.

“This website will greatly increase their chances of tracing where their ancestors came from, and in doing so will, we hope, lead to greater visits to Kerry as people look to visit their ancestors’ birthplace and burial place.”

The project was a joint venture between Kerry County Council and the LEADER groups in Kerry: North & East Kerry Development, South Kerry Development Partnership, IRD Duhallow and Meitheal Forbartha an Gaeltachta.

At the launch the Mayor also paid tribute to Kerry County Council’s Head of Finance, John O’Connor, who is retiring shortly, and played an integral role in ensuring the project came to fruition.

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie

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