Voters Register 1835 – 1839
Qualifying Freeholders and Leaseholders
Extracted from the Leinster Express
One of the most valuable sources for local history are local newspapers and Kildare Library and Arts Services has an extensive collection. In 2005, the Local Studies Department decided to extract articles and individual records from the Leinster Express Newspaper pertaining to Co. Kildare and make them available in database and text form. This therefore compliments the original work but offers the researcher easy access to the relevant Co. Kildare articles and easy access to the genealogical and other information by means of a searchable database covering all the entries.
There was an enormous amount of inputting, typing and re-editing of the material once the initial database was created and the overall format of the project decided upon. This project could not have been completed without the support of Co. Librarian Breda Gleeson and the staff of Kildare Collections and Research Services. It could not have been completed without the aid of Niamh McCabe, Roy O’Brien, James Durney, Rose Sheridan and Mary O’Hara who worked on it from 2005 to the final editing stage in 2009. Much gratitude is due to them for their enthusiasm, patience and editing abilities. Any mistakes are mine and I welcome criticism and advice should mistakes be noted so that corrections can be made. Copies of the original newspaper are available in the Kildare Collections and Research Services, Local Studies Department of Kildare County Library.
The Voter’s lists offer a sort of mini-census of a particular class of people in Co. Kildare just before the Famine. It is a source I use regularly in research and constantly recommend to people who are researching Ireland in the 19th Century. For people trying to trace their ancestors in Co. Kildare it will hopefully provide an insight into their ancestor’s lives and into the locality in which they lived or even more importantly help identify their ancestors for them.
I do hope that researchers and enthusiasts find it useful. It is part of the process of making primary and secondary material available via the Internet which has been undertaken by the combined departments of Local Studies, Genealogy and Archives, to encourage people to engage in local history and genealogy as well as increasing accessibility to the Local Studies Collection in Kildare County Library and other information by means of a searchable database covering all 4,533 entries in addition to the articles from the Leinster Express newspaper from 1836.
Kildare Collections and Research Services
To mark the 800th article we are posting a link to the Voters Register 1835 – 1839. This database of Qualifying Freeholders and Leaseholders and was extracted from the Leinster Express. The Voter’s lists offer a sort of mini-census of a particular class of people in Co. Kildare just before the Famine.