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Finding Your Family in County Sligo
This illustrated, well indexed book, was created exclusively to help you find your family in County Sligo, Ireland. Focusing specifically on families within the county, it includes an introduction to research and sources in Sligo. The most numerous families from birth records are given, as well as rather rare Sligo 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 Published by the Irish Genealogical Foundation, this book was originally made for members researching in Sligo.
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 Sligo- 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 Sligo
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 Sligo, and the surrounding areas. " County Sligo Genealogy and Family History Notes", volume 24 in the series, expands upon that coverage with added families and new resources just for Sligo. (In this way both books can work together as a set if desired, or they may be used independently for research.)
Table of Contents
P a r t O n e
O'Gara extract from King James Irish Army List
Introduction to Sources;
National Resource List .
Local Resource List.
Names in Sligo
Town Hall of Sligo Town (illus)
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. The census includes parish, townland, and tituladoes full name. The Irish families are mostly grouped by barony according to surname. The baronies covered are: Carbry; Leynie; Correnn; Culavin; Tireragh; and the barony of Tirerill.
Many specific individuals are also given, such as Humphry Booth; Rowland Thomas; Henry Crafford; Phillipp Sulevane; Thomas Gryffith; Thomas Osborne; Capt. E. Wood; Edward Pole; William Webb; Francis King; Timothy Howes; John Duke; Richard Meredith; John Clifford; Edward Tibb; Donell Conellane; John Houlder; John Nicholson; Christopher Armstrong; Nicholas Rutledge; John Irving; Lewis and Jeremy Jones; and William Boswell, to name a few of those given. The summary at the end of each barony gives the 'Principall Irish Names and their number', one example follows: Albonagh 5, Bourke 15, Beolan14, O Connor 7, Cassey 8, Conellan 13, Clery 6, Dowde 17, McDonogh 9, McDermott 5, Dunegan 6, and so on. This procedure is repeated for each barony. The researcher should be aware that the spelling of place names and of family names has changed over time. Be sure to look for spellings similar to yours.
P a r t T h r e e
Coats of Arms and Genealogical Notes.
Rough sketches of Arms of families connected in some way to the county, as taken from the Irish Book of Arms. The original listings often provide specific locations for families, and clues for future research. The following families are some that are included in this section with illustrated arms: Beamish of Comphull; Blake - deBurgh of Rath ONora; Brinkley of Fortland; John-Dennis Brown, Marquis of Sligo; Cooper of Markree Castle; Richard Coote with family notes but no coat of arms; arms of MacDermott of Coolavin; O'Hara of Annaghmore; Kirkwood of Curramabla; Orme of Enniscrone; Perceval of Temple House; Taaffe of Ballymote; Henry Temple of Mount Temple; Tweedy of Cloonamahon; Webber of Leefield; and Wood-Martin of Cleveragh.
P a r t F o u r
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 among the selection are modern parish names and Townland names.
Parish Names in County Sligo.
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. Sligo 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.
Appendix: A List of Passengers from County Sligo.
Appendix: Sligo Directory (illus.)
Includes local sources in the county itself. Many families are noted and pinpointed as to location and many are noted only in passing. (End of Table of Contents).
Most Numerous Families
Among the most numerous families given in the county were (variant spellings follow the main spelling given):
Other noted families of Sligo included O'Dowd; MacFirbis; McDonough; and Coleman. Major towns include Sligo, Enniscrone, Ballymote and Collooney....
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:
Mac Dermott, P.
Mac Donogh, L.
O' Conor, L.
O' Crean, C.
O' Donnell, P.
O' Dowd, P.
O' Flannelly, L.
O' Gara, L.
O' Hara, L.
O' Hart, C.
O' Kernaghan, C.
O' Mulclohy, L.
O' Mulvany, and
The Final Word
A hands on guide to find your family within the county Sligo . New; Full size 8 1/2 x 11; 44 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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