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County Wexford
County Wexford
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NOTES and Coats of Arms

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Finding Your Family in County Wexford This illustrated, well indexed book, was created exclusively to help you find your family in County Wexford, Ireland. Focusing specifically on families within the county, it includes an introduction to research and sources in Wexford. The most numerous families from birth records are given, as well as rather rare Wexford 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 Published by the Irish Genealogical Foundation, this book was originally made for members researching in Wexford.

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 Wexford- 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 Wexford 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 Wexford, and the surrounding areas. " County Wexford Genealogy and Family History Notes", volume 28 in the series, expands upon that coverage with added families and new resources just for Wexford. (In this way both books can work together as a set if desired, or they may be used independently for research.)

Most Numerous Families
Among the most numerous families here in the 19th century were:
Murphy, Murphey, Morchoe,
Doyle, Doyel,
Walsh, Welsh, Welch,
Byrne, Burn, Bierne,
Cullen, Cullan, Callen,
Kavanagh, Cavanaugh, Kavanah,
Brien, Brian, Bryan,
Roche, Roache, Roach,
Kelly, Kellie, Kelley,
Nolan, Nolane, Nolin,
Redmond, Redmon, Redmonds,
Connor, Conner, Conor,
Kehoe, Keyhoe, Keehoe,
Ryan, Rian, Ryane,
Bolger, Bulger, Bolgir,
Whelan, (Whalen),(Walen).

Other noted families of Wexford included O'Dea, O'Leary (O'Leery), Kinsella, Dugan, Parle, Sinnot (Synnott), Devereux, Esmond, Stafford, Meyler (Miler)and Bolger. Major towns include Wexford Town, Gorey, New Ross, and Enniscorthy ....

List of Books, ISBN data.
William Synnott from King James Irish Army List.

P a r t O n e
Introduction to Sources; Birth Index..
National Resource List
Local Resource List
Names in Wexford

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 Wexfford Towne; New Rosse; Eniscorthy (Enniscorthy); Forth; Bergie; Shelmaleer; Shelbyrne; Bantrie (Bantry); Ballaghkeene; Goary; and Scarwelsh.The full names of tituladoes are given, such as Mathew Stotnard; Wm. Lambe; John Denison; Captn. Buttler; Anthony Rudd; Richard Woodward; Francis Wheeler; and so on for each barony. 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 Doyle 25; Doran 10; Duffe 8; O Fowly 9; Jourdon 7; Murphy 7; Nowlan and Nolan 10; Neale 7; Redmond 12; and so on are listed. This is repeated for 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 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 families included in this section with old sketches of their family arms are: Keating; Keogh; Doyle; Murphy; Alcock of Wilton; Barrett-Hamilton of Kilmanock; Blacker of Woodbrook; Bryan of Upton; Cliffe of Bellevue; Cornock; Dare-Hall; Devereux; O Donovan of Ballymore; Doyne of Wells; Drake of Strokestown; Gore; Harman of Palace; Hatton of Clonard; Hervey; Hore of Pole Hore; Hughes of Ballycross; Le Hunt; Leeson; Leigh; Maher of Ballinkeele; Meadows of Thornville; Monck; Phipps; Ram of Clonattin; Saunders-Gore; Solly-Flood of Ballynaslaney; Stopford of Courtown; Talbot of Castle Talbot; Westropp-Dawson of Charlesfort and Tottenham Loftus.

P a r t F o u r
Finding Locations..
Map of Wexford.
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. This section includes modern parish names and older townland names.
Parish Names in County Wexford. 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. Wexford in this work: Adamstown, Ambrosetown, Ardamine, Ardcandrisk, Ardcavan, Ardcolm, Ballingly, Ballybrazil, Ballybrennan, Ballycanew, Ballycarney, Ballyconnick, Ballyhoge, Ballyhuskard, Ballylannan, Ballymitty, Ballymore, Ballynaslaney, Ballyvaldon, Ballyvaloo, Bannow, Carn, Carnagh, Carnew, Carrick, Castle-ellis, Chapel, Clone, Clongreen, Clonleigh, Clonmines, Clonmore, Coolstuff, Crosspatrick, Donaghmore, Doonooney, Drinagh, Duncormick, Edermine, Ferns, Fethard, Hook, Horetown, Inch, Ishartmon, Kerloge, Kilbride, Kilbrideglynn, Kilcavan, Kilcomb, Kilcormick, Kilcowan, Kilcowanmore, Kildavin, Kilgarvan, Kilgorman, Killag, Killann, Killegney, Killenagh, Killesk, Killiane, Killila, Killincooly, Killinick, Killisk, Killurin, Kilmacree, Kilmakilloge, Kilmallock, Kilmannan, Kilmokea, Kilmore, Kilmuckridge, Kilnahue, Kilnamanagh, Kilnenor, Kilpatrick, Kilpipe, Kilrane, Kilrush,, Kilscanlan, Kilscoran, Kiltennell, Kiltrisk, Kilturk, Ladysisland, Liskinfere, Maudlintown, Mayglass, Meelnagh, Monamolin, Monart, Moyacomb, Mulrankin, Newbawn, Oldross, Owenduff, Rathaspick, Rathmacknee, Rathroe, Rossdroit, Rosslare, Rossminoge, Skreen, St. Bridget's, St. Doologe's, St. Helen's, St. Iberius, St. James & Dunbrody, St. John's, St. Margaret's, St. Mary's, St. Michael's, St. Mullin's, St. Nicholas, St. Patrick's, St. Peter's, St. Selskar's, Tacumshin, Taghmon, Tellarought, Templeludigan, Templescoby, Templeshanbo, Templeshannon, Templetown, Tikillin, Tintern, Tomgaggard, Toome, Wexford City, Whitechurch and Whitechurchglynn . Keep in mind the spelling of place names and parishes can change over time. Be flexible in your research when looking for these names.

Illustrations and Extracts
Rathmacnee Castle
Bargy Castle
Wexford from the Topographical Dictionary

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:
Browne Butler Butler, V. Colclough Comerford Devereux Esmond Fitzgerald Fitzharris Fitzhenry Fitzstephen French Furlong Hay Hore Keating Laffan Le Mareschal, E. Masterson Meyler de Montmorency Morgan O' Cavanagh, L. Mac Keogh Mac Murrough, K. O' Cosgry, C. O' Doran (Brehon) O' Doyle O' Dugan, C. O' Garvey, C. O' Larkin, L. O' Murphy, L. Prendergast Redmond de Renzy Rossiter Sinnott Stafford Strongbow, E. Sutton Talbot, E. Wadding, and Walsh.

The Final Word A hands on guide to find your family within the county Wexford . New; Full size 8 1/2 x 11; 52 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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