While Leitrim was divided into Civil Parishes for the purposes of administration these are now largely unknown. And while not all of the county's population belonged to the Roman Catholic faith, at least we can say that they all lived within the boundaries of Catholic Parishes.
These Catholic Parish boundaries and names are better known today and for this reason, with apologies to those who have no affiliation to the Catholic church, are used in creating the Place Index. The map below shows the outline of all of the Catholic Parishes in the county and highlights those for which there are most people, while indicating those for which there are details on a few.
Although not shown on the map, note that Bornacoola Parish contains about 15 townlands that are actually in Co Longford and people from these are also included in this collection.
As is explained in my book Tracing Your Leitrim Ancestors , Leitrim, like the rest of Ireland, is divided into different Administrative Divisions and, depending on what records are being sought, different Divisions have to be searched. The table below gives an overview of the three key divisions that the researcher will come across.
|Catholic Parish||Church Parish||Civil Parish||Superintendent Registrar's District/Poor Law Union|
|Aghavas||RC - Aghavas, CofI - Cloone||Cloone||Mohill|
|Annaduff||RC and CofI - Annaduff||Annaduff||Carrick-on-Shannon (northern portion of parish); Mohill (southern portion of parish)|
|Bornaoola||RC - Bornacoola; CofI - Mohill||Mohill||Mohill|
|Cloone||RC and CofI - Cloone||Cloone||Mohill|
|Drumreilly Lower||RC - Drumreilly Lower; CofI - Drumreilly||Drumreilly||Bawnboy|
|Drumreilly Upper||RC - Drumreilly Upper; CofI - Drumreilly||Drumreilly||Bawnboy|
|Fenagh||RC and CofI - Fenagh||Fenagh||Mohill|
|Gortletteragh||RC - Gortletteragh, CofI - Cloone||Cloone||Mohill|
|Kiltoghert||RC and CofI - Kiltoghert||Kiltoghert||Carrick-on-Shannon|
|Kiltubrid||RC and CofI - Kiltubrid||Kiltubrid||Carrick-on-Shannon|
|Mohill||RC and CofI - Mohill||Mohill||Mohill|
|Murhan||RC - Murhan or Drumshanbo; CofI - Kiltoghert||Kiltoghtert||Carrick-on-Shannon|
The listed divisions hold through for most townlands but there are the odd strays!