Ballyferriter Genealogy
Ballyferriter Catholic Parish Barony of Corca Dhuibhne, Dingle Peninsula
County Kerry
The Catholic Parish of Ballyferriter (or Ferriter) is located on the northwestern tip of the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, on the southwestern coast of Ireland. It consisted of the civil parishes of Dunquin, Dunurlin, Marhin, Kilmalkedar, and Kilquane, which together covered an area of nearly 64 square miles. Along with most of the rest of the peninsula, it fell within the Barony of Corkaguiny (Corca Dhuibhne), as well as the Dingle Poor Law Union. Today the area lies within the Gaeltacht Chorca Dhuibhne, one of the few remaining Gaeltachtaí, or areas in which the Irish language is still in everyday use.

Heads of Household, 1827-1852 V2.0

The main resource on this page. A compilation of names taken from the Tithe Applotment Books of 1827-1831, a religious census of 1834-1835, and Griffith's Valuation of 1851-1852.

Interactive Surname Map

A Javascript map showing the locations of families of each surname, utilizing much of the same data as the Heads of Household compilation. Requires Netscape 4.08 or higher.

Surname Distribution, 1834-1835

A survey of the relative frequency and geographical distribution of surnames appearing on the 1834-1835 religious census.

Church Records

General information on the parish baptismal and marriage registers, as well as records contributed by fellow researchers.

Irish Language Town Names

Names of Ballyferriter townlands in the Irish language, with translations.

Lord Ventry

An excerpt from "The Complete Peerage", giving the history of the English family of nobles that owned much of the Dingle Peninsula.


Townland Map
A map of the towns comprising the five parishes.
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Roadmap of West Dingle
Courtesy of Mapquest (
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Relief Map of Dingle Peninsula
Courtesy of Microsoft Expedia (
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Catholic Parish Map of County Kerry
Courtesy of Mary in Orlando (
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Query Board

View questions submitted by other researchers, or add your own.


Genealogy articles

The Corcu Duibne
A short but scholarly history of of the ancient kinship group which would come to give its name to the Barony of Corkaguiny.
Territories and Nobility of Desmond
Notes on the pre-Norman history of southern Munster, with several links to maps and other information.
Desmond Septs
A list of the Gaelic Irish septs in ancient Cork and Kerry, giving their associated kinship groups and territories.

Genealogy resources

A Dingle page
by Mary in Orlando (
The RootsWeb County Kerry Page
hosted by Mary in Orlando (
The RootsWeb County Kerry Mailing List (
Also available in digest format. Just type the word "subscribe" in the body of your message.
Kerry Surname Queries
from GenConnect at Rootsweb

Dingle information

Gaeltacht Chorca Dhuibhne
Information on the Irish-speaking parts of the Dingle Peninsula, from the Institute of Technology, Tralee
Dingle Peninsula Tourism
with information on several villages, including lists of businesses

Kerry information
Tourism information
from Kerry Telephone Directory Ltd.
Local Ireland's Kerry page
with local links


The Kerryman
Kerry's Weekly Newspaper
Kerry's Eye
a Tralee weekly newspaper
The Kingdom
Kerry's Community Newspaper
The Irish Times
Ireland's largest newspaper
RTÉ Online
with live audio and video feeds


Fios Feasa
Irish interactive multimedia
DingleWeb Internet Services
Dingle's first Internet Café, with a local chat area
Breakfast by Internet
featuring unique Irish food items

W.J. Mansfield (