They were used as the smallest geographical unit in both the Tithe Survey and Griffith’s Primary Land Valuation, as well as census returns, and are still in use today. Anything from 5 to 30 townlands may be grouped together to form a civil parish. If you are searching for your family anywhere in Ireland, knowing the Townland they came from is one of the best ways of tracing them. Knowing the Barony, Parish, etc will also be of great help to you, since many townlands share the same name - for example there are 47 Townlands named Dromore and 56 Kilmores. To find which Civil Parish, Barony, Province etc a Townland is in, visit www.thecore.com/seanruad/ or www.townlands.ie.