Kilkenny Surnames Geographic Project

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The Kilkenny Surname Project is for people whose surnames are connected with the county of Kilkenny. It is open to people who have tested their yDNA mtDNA and Autosomal DNA. It can be all or any of these tests. We will try to locate the surnames within a geographic location of Kilkenny. Some surnames that have an historical connection with Kilkenny are listed below as listed in "Irish Families" by Edward MacLysaght. It is by no means exhaustive. The list of surnames will grow over time. The other source of surnames is the Griffith Valuation. It will help to locate the surnames with the geography of Kilkenny. Please include any as much geographic information as is known about your Kilkenny surname in your Family Tree. It is not uncommon for descendants to still be living in the same locale of Kilkenny. In time I hope we can link our surnames to descendants who still live in that locale with our DNA testing. The local knowledge of the Kilkenny descendants will help to overcome the brickwalls we face in the document records