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Finding Your Family in County Monaghan
This illustrated, well indexed book, was created exclusively to help you find your family in County Monaghan, Ireland. Focusing specifically on families within the county, it includes an introduction to research and sources in Monaghan. The most numerous families from birth records are given, as well as rather rare Monaghan 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 Published by the Irish Genealogical Foundation, this book was originally made for members researching in Monaghan.
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 Monaghan- 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 Monaghan
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 Monaghan, and the surrounding areas. " County Monaghan Genealogy and Family History Notes", volume 22 in the series, expands upon that coverage with added families and new resources just for Monaghan. (In this way both books can work together as a set if desired, or they may be used independently for research.)
Most Numerous Families
The most numerous families here in the 19th century were:
Old Monaghan Families
Some of the old Irish families of Monaghan were : O'Byrne; Boylan; McWard; Treanor; MacArdle- MacArdell; MacGilmartin; Callan; McNany-McNeny; Mc Gowan (Smith); Finnegan; Cassidy; McPhillip also changed to Phillips. Settler names included Davidson; Stewart; Buchanan; MacKenzie; Cameron; Walker; Patterson; Sinclair; and McCutcheon.
TABLE of CONTENTS
List of Books, ISBN data...............................
Monaghan clans in Keatings History....................
P a r t O n e
Introduction to Sources; Birth Index.................
National Resource List ................................
Local Resource List....................................
Names in the County...................................
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 parish, townland and name of Tituladoe, along with count of people, English and Irish. The full names of tituladoes are given, such as Richard Blaney; Thomas Wyatt, Nicholas, Owen, Mathew Boyd, John Thomas, John Forster... and so on, and this is repeated for each barony. These tituladoes are tied to specific townlands. Furthermore, at the end of this census there is a list of 'Principall Irish Names and Their Number', listing names as:McArdell 20, O Boyle and Boyle 9, O Beggan 12, O Boylan 13, O Brynan 9, and so on. 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 with rough sketches of coats of arms included are: Blaney; Robert Cunninghame, Thomas Dawson of Dawson's Grove; Fitzherbert of Shantonagh; Hall of Rowantree house; Hamilton of Cornacassa; Kane of Drumreaske; Leslie of Glasslough; Lewis of Inniskeen; Lucas-Scudamore of Castle Shane; and Madden of Hilton Park....and so on
P a r t Four
Families history notes from older works, including pedigrees of Clancy of Dartry; MacKenna of Truagh; Kane of Drumreaske; Duffy; Lawlor; and MacMahon of Drumgiston. A list of forfeiting proprietors from the 17th century is included as well.
P a r t F ive
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 Monaghan.
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. Monaghan in this work:
Tullycorbet. Some old townlands are given as Ballinlogh, Ballinure, Bally Kelly, Ballyloghan, and
Keep in mind the spelling of place names and parishes can change over time. Be flexible in your research when looking for these names.
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 Ardell, Chief
Mac Cabe, C.
Mac Donnell, C.
Mac Gilmichael, C.
O' Boylan, C.
O' Connolly, C.
Mac Kenna, L.
Mac Mahon, L.
Mac Mahon, P.
Mac Oscar, C.
O' Duffy, C.
O' Marron, and
The Final Word
A hands on guide to find your family within the county Monaghan . 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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