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County Waterford
County Waterford
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Family History
NOTES and Coats of Arms

Finding Your Family in County Waterford

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 Published by the Irish Genealogical Foundation, this book was originally made for members researching in Waterford.

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 Waterford- 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 Waterford 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 Waterford, and the surrounding areas. " County Waterford Genealogy and Family History Notes", volume 27 in the series, expands upon that coverage with added families and new resources just for Waterford. (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 The most numerous families here in the 19th century were Power, Walsh, O'Brien, Murphy, Ryan, McGrath, Foley, Flynn, Morrissey, Kelly, Phelan, Sullivan, Whelan, McCarthy, Butler, and Tobin. Other noted Waterford families include Phelan (Phalen), Mc Grath, Keane (Keene), Ayleward, Wall, and Wadding. Among the major towns of Waterford are Waterford city; Dungarvan: Cappoquin; Lismore and Tramore.

List of Books, ISBN data.
Aylward 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 Waterford

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 Deaces; Cosmore and Cosbride; Glanahiry; Upperthird; Middlethird; Galtire; and the city of Waterford. The full names of tituladoes for each barony are given, such as "Henry Gee, Walter Mansfield, Arthur Anthony, John Power, Teige Kelly, Giles Russell, Nicholas Osburne.." 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 "Arlant 6; Brennagh and Bernagh 65; Bryne and O Bryne 27; Browne 30, Baldon 8; Butler 13; Cahane 15; Christopher 8;" and so on, are given. Likewise, this is done 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 listed here are Barry (Coghlan of Ardee); Bushe of Glencairn Abbey; Chenevix, Bishop of Waterford; Lloyd of Strancally Castle; Viscount Lumley; Dr. Richard Marlay; Elizabeth Mason of Dromana; Henry Petty of Shelburne; Power (De la Poer) of Gurteen Le Poer; Purcell-Fitzgerald of Little Island; O'Shee of Gardenmorris; Smythe of Headborough; Wyse of the Manor of St. Johns; and a sketch also of the arms of the Irish septs of O'Meara; Fogarty; Keating; and Hackett.

P a r t F o u r
Finding Locations..
County Map of Waterford
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 includes modern parish names and older Townland names.
Parish Names in County Waterford. 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. Waterford in this work: Affane, Aglish, Ardmore, Ballygunner, Ballylaneen, Ballymacart, Ballynakill, Clashmore, Clonagam, Clonea, Colligan, Corbally, Crooke, Drumcannon, Dungarvan, Dunhill, Dysert, Faithlegg, Fenoagh, Fews, Grange or Lisgenan, Guilcagn, Inishlounaught, Islandikane, Kilbarry, Kilbarrymeaden, Kilbride, Kilburne, Kilcaragh, Kilcockan, Kilcop, Kilgobnet, Kill St. Lawrence, Kill St. Nicholas, Killaloan, Killea, Killoteran, Killure, Kilmacleague, Kilmacomb, Kilmeadan, Kilmolash, Kilronan, Kilrossanty, Kilrush, Kilsheelan, Kilwatermoy, Kinsalebeg, Leitrim, Lickoran, Lisgenan or Grange, Lismore & Mocollop, Lisnakill, Modelligo, Monamintra, Monksland, Mothel, Newcastle, Rathgormuck, Rathmoylan, Reisk, Ringagonagh, Rossduff, Rossmire, Seskinan, St. John's Within, St. John's Without, St. Mary's Clonmel, St. Michael's, St. Olave's, St. Patrick's, St. Peter's, St. Stephens Within, St. Stephens Without, Stradbally, Tallow, Templemichael, Trinity Within, Trinity Without, Waterford City and Whitechurch . 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
The Castle of Kin-Corr
St. Declan's Wall
Cromlech at Knockeen
Round Tower at Ardmore

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:
Barron Butler Comerford Dalton Fitzgerald, B. Lombard Magrath Morris O' Baire, C. O' Begley O' Bric, L. O' Brien, C. O' Conran, C. O' Crotty, C. O' Dennehy O' Felan, P. O' Flahavan O' Flannagan O' Geary O' Mullane O' Mullany le Poer, L. le Poer (Power) Sherlock Talbot Wadding Wall Walsh White, and Wyse.

The Final Word A hands on guide to find your family within the county Waterford . New; Full size 8 1/2 x 11; 48 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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