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Kings County-Offaly, Queens County Leix/Laois
Kings County-Offaly, Queens County Leix/Laois
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Family History
NOTES and Coats of Arms

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 Published by the Irish Genealogical Foundation, this book was originally made for members researching in Kings & Queens counties.

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 Kings & Queens - 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 Kings & Queens 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 Kings & Queens, and the surrounding areas. "Kings County & Queens County, Genealogy and Family History Notes", volume 18 in the series, expands upon that coverage with added families and new resources just for Kings & Queens. (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 in Kings County (now Offaly) in the 19th century were: (variant spellings follow the name)

And In Queens County , (Co. Leix or Laois):

Part One
Sources: The Birth Index
National Resource List
Local Resource List
Notes from other sources
Passenger List extracts

Part Two
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 Phillipstowne; Coolis Towne; Ballaboy; Ballycowen; Geshell; Clonlisk; Garriecastell; Kilcourcy; Eglish; Ballybritt; Ossery; Maryborrough; Cullenagh; Sliemargeagh; Ballyadams; Portnyhinch; Stradbally; and Tynahinch. The full names of tituladoes are given, such as Barnaby Dunn, William Lestrange; Walter Warnford; Joseph Hamon; James Barnwall, Edmond McShane, Thomas Piggott, 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 Bane 5, Bryan and McBryan 5, Carroll 6, Conner and McConner 7, Conraghy 17, Dun 18, Divoy 5, McEdmond 5, Mallone 5, McRory 6, and so on, are listed 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.

Part Three
Family History Extracts.
Including specific notes on the families of Dunne; Colgan; MacCoghlan; Moore or O'Moore; Doyne; Fox; Harte; Hennessy; Henry; Hoolahan; Molloy; Mooney; Mulheeran; O'Connor Faley; and O'Reilly of Heath House. These are extracts from the works of O'Hart.

Part Four
Coats of Arms and Genealogical Notes
Arms connected in some way with the county as taken from the Irish Book of Arms. The original listings provide specific locations for families, and clues for future research. Families in this section with sketches of arms displayed include: Andrews of Rathenny; Bannon of Broughall Castle; Bland of Blandsfort; Blundell; Burdett; Bury; Coote; Cosby of Stradbelly; Drought of Lettybrook; Fitzgerald of Coolanowle; Fitzpatrick baron of Gowran; Fox; Franks of Westfield; Frederick Hamilton; Heaton-Armstrong; Homan-Mulock of Bellair; L'Estrange of Moystown; Magan; Molesworth; Molineux; Molyneux; Morrison of Coolegegan; Pigott of Capard; Smyth of Mount Henry; Waldergrave; Warburton of Garryhinch; Webber of Leekfield; White of Gracefield; and Young of Brockley Park.

Part Five
Place Names and Locations.
Map of the Counties

Garry Castle
Rock of Dun a mase
Clonmacnoise Cross and Ruins
Canal Fly Boat

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:

In Kings County or Offaly: Fitzgerald Fitzsimon Hussey O' Bannan, C. O' Behan, C. O' Bergin O' Carroll, P. O' Conor, P. O' Dempsey, V. & B. O' Hennessey, C. O' Hoollaghan O' Madden, C. O' Molloy, P. O' Mooney, C. O' Mulvany O' Muready, C., and Warren.

In Queens County or Leix:
Butler Fitzgerald, E. Fitzpatrick or . MacGilpatrick, P. Grace Mac Cashin Mac Cogan Mac Coghlan, L. Mac Colreavy Mac Evoy, C. Mac Donnell, C. Mac Gilpatrick or Fitzpatrick, P. Mortimer, L. O' Brogan O' Dempsey, L. O' Dowling, C. O' Duff, C. O' Dunn, L. O' Harty O' Kelly, C. O' Lawlor, C. O' Mooney, C. O' Moore, P. O' Regan, C., and de Vesey, L..

The Final Word A hands on guide to find your family within the County Offaly (Kings County), or the County Leix (Queens or Laois) . New; Full size 8 1/2 x 11; 76 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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