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Finding Your Family in County Roscommon
This illustrated, well indexed book, was created exclusively to help you find your family in County Roscommon, Ireland. Focusing specifically on families within the county, it includes an introduction to research and sources in Roscommon. The most numerous families from birth records are given, as well as rather rare Roscommon families found in heraldic records. Included you will find a full page county map from the Atlas of Ireland, along with a listing of modern parishes and old townlands, along with the address and location of records for more research. Published by the Irish Genealogical Foundation, this book was originally made for members researching in Roscommon.
What this book does
This work includes copies of actual records (some worn, torn and faded), from the IGF Library. It also includes rough sketches of family coats of arms and notes from centuries past - seldom found elsewhere. The resources provided here will help research any family in the county, including old Irish families, and settler families from England, Scotland, Wales and the continent. This book is a hands on guide for finding your family in Roscommon- some family history is included - but it is not a gigantic collection of family histories . (For that see 'The Book of Irish Families, great & small', the first book in the Irish Families series by O'Laughlin.)
The Irish Families Project for Roscommon
The Master book to the 29 volume Irish Families series is 'The Book of Irish Families, great & small'. That book gives hundreds of family histories from County Roscommon, and the surrounding areas. " County Roscommon Genealogy and Family History Notes", volume 23 in the series, expands upon that coverage with added families and new resources just for Roscommon. (In this way both books can work together as a set if desired, or they may be used independently for research.)
The Most Numerous Families
Among the most numerous families here in the 19th century were:
Among the many other noted families of Roscommon were Hayes, (Hays) McAneeny (MacAniny), Mc Dockery, Gormley (Gormly) and Duignan. The major towns of Roscommon included Strokestown, Boyle, and Castlerea......
TABLE of CONTENTS
Septs & Territories from Topographical Dictionary......
P a r t O n e
MacDermot Entry from King James Irish Army List
Introduction to Sources; Birth Index.................
National Resource List ................................
Local Resource List....................................
Names in Roscommon. ..............................
P a r t T w o
The complete existing returns from the 'census' of 1659,
also showing the methods of spelling family names and place names at that time in history. This census is organized by barony, townland and parish. The baronies included are Roscomon; Ballintobber; Boyle; Ballimoe; Moycarnan; and Athlone. The full names of tituladoes are given, such as "Steeven Fallon & his sonn", Murtagh Naghten, Michaell Stanley, Michael Boyer, Edmond Ormesby, Terlagh Bryan, and so on. These tituladoes are tied to specific townlands. Furthermore, at the end of each barony there is a list of 'Principall Irish Names and Their Number'. In one barony the names of 'OCahan 11, Dillon 6, Dolane and Dollane 14, O Higgin and O Higgan 7, Kelly 32, McLoughlin 5, O Teige 11' and so on, are listed. This is repeated for families in each barony. Different surnames appear in different baronies, thus providing a clue for researchers. It is important to note that the spellings of place names and family names changed over time. The researcher should be aware of minor changes in the spelling of his name.
P a r t T h r e e
Coats of Arms rough sketches and Genealogical Notes.
Arms connected in some way to the county, as taken from the Irish Book of Arms. The original listings provide specific locations for families, and clues for future research.
Among the specific family arms shown in this section are:
Coote of Castle Coote; Ann Crofton of Mote; Patrick Dillion, Irish earl;
George King of Kingston; Maurice Mahon of Strokestown; Henry Moore Sandford of Castlerea; O'Connor of Ballindubber;
Kelly of Kilcash; O'Conor of Mount Druid; Irwin of Rathmoyle;
French of Cloonyquin; Mulloy of Hughestown; Walsh of Mul Hussey; Lloyd of Croghan House;
Talbot of Mount Talbot; and French-Brewster of Cloonanartmore.
P a r t F o u r
Map of Co. Roscommon.............................................
Index of Place Names, ancient & modern.
A sampling of place names to assist in finding locations in the county, as taken from the Master Book of Irish Placenames. Included in this selection are modern parish names and older townland names.
Parish Names in County Roscommon.
The parish is an important subdivision of the county. Parish records can be vital to research in the county. The following modern parishes are listed as in Co. Roscommon in this work:
Keep in mind the spelling of place names and parishes can change over time. Be flexible in your research when looking for these names.
P a r t F i v e
Extracts from O'Harts Irish Pedigrees, Including:
Dillon, Earls of Roscommon; Fallon of Clan Uadach; Flanagan of Roscommon; Hanly of Doohy-Hanly; MacDermot of Moylurg; O'Carroll of Coologe; O'Naughten of Lislea; Molloy of Harperstown; O'Connor of Annagh; O'Donel of Larkfield; and many other noted clans of Ireland are given in specific areas of the county. Extracts are included on the names and locations of Irish chiefs and clans in the county.
Families on the 4 Masters Map
What families were in the county in earlier days ? This might provide a clue to the locations of your family today. Here are some of the families given on the Map in the History of Ireland by the 4 Masters (Connellan translation. 2003, I.G.F.) E. = Earl, L.=Lord, C. = chieftain, V = Viscount, B.= Baron:
O' Beirne, C.
Mac Brennan, C.
O' Connelan, C.
O' Connor, King
O' Conor Don
O' Conor Roe
Mac Dermott, P.
O' Feenaghty, L.
O' Flannagan, L.
O' Flynn, L.
O' Hanley, C.
O' Kelly, P.
Mac Keogh, C.
O' Maol Conry, C.
O' Monahan, C.
O' Mulrenin, C.
O' Norton, C., and
Mac Oiraghty, L..
The Final Word
A hands on guide to find your family within the county Roscommon. New; Full size 8 1/2 x 11; 50 pages; heavier parchment type cover; lay flat binding; illustrations, some of which may appear faded with age as in the originals; County Map; Local Sources; Coats of Arms; and record extracts. Many families are given with family history notes, specific locations; coat of arms; and seats of power. Some are only mentioned. A must for any researcher. ( For a large collection of family histories within the county we also recommend "The Book of Irish Families, great & small", by O'Laughlin.)
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