NOTES and Coats of Arms
Finding Your Family in County Longford
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This illustrated, well indexed book, was created exclusively to help you find your family in County Longford, Ireland. Focusing specifically on families within the county, it includes an introduction to research and sources in Longford. The most numerous families from birth records are given, as well as rather rare Longford 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 Published by the Irish Genealogical Foundation, this book was originally made for members researching in Longford.
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 Longford - 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 Longford
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 Longford, and the surrounding areas. " County Longford Genealogy and Family History Notes", volume 19 in the series, expands upon that coverage with added families and new resources just for Longford. (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
Some of the earlier families of Longford were Gaynor (Gainer);
Leavy; Tuite; Mac Gilna; Forbes; Aungier; Edgeworth;
Harman; King; and Lane (Layne, Lain).
Sources: Birth Index of Ireland
National Resource List
Local Resource List
Names in Longford
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 Rathcleene; Shrowell; Longford barony; and Moydowe. The full names of tituladoes are given, such as William Pillsworth, Thomas Babington, Hannibald Seaton, Arthur Forbess, Arthur Aghmooty, and so on. This is repeated for each barony. These tituladoes are tied to specific townlands. Furthermore, at the end of each barony is a list of 'Principall Irish Names and Their Number'. In one barony are listed the names of Cleene 5, Cargy 5, Cormick 6, Conily 6, McConnell 6, Eslenan 5, Ferrall and Farrell 29, McGreene 6, Gwyre 6, Keernan 8, Kenny 11, McLaughlin 15, Leavy 7, and so on. 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.
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. The families included in this section with rough old sketches of coats of arms are: Calvert of Baltimore; Dopping-Hepenstal of Derrycassan; Edgeworth of Edgeworthstown; Fleming the Viscount; Forbes the Earl; Fox of Fox Hall; Gore of Fennelick; King-Harman of Newcastle; Lane; LeFroy; Lyttelton; Maconchy of Rathmore; Moore of Kilcurry; Pakenham the Earl, Porter of Belle Isle; Savile; Shuldhamof Ballymulvey; Thompson of Clonfin; and Wilson-Slator of White Hill.
Family History Extracts
From the works of O'Hart.....
Included are the families of Quinn; O'Farrell of Annaly; Forbes of Granard. Also included in this section are notes on O'Farrell and Quinn from the topographical dictionary of Ireland by Lewis.
Place Names and Locations
County Map of Longford
A selected list of place names including modern parishes and older townlands of Longford. Parish Names in County Longford.
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. Longford in this work: Abbeylara,
Templemichael. Keep in mind the spelling of place names and parishes can change over time. Be flexible in your research when looking for these names.
Ruins of Goldsmith's Early Home
Maria Edgeworth's Residence
The Site of the Hawthorn Bush
County Longford includes the towns of Granard; Longford; Edgeworthstown; Ballinamuck; and Ballymahon....
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:
Mac Cormac, L.
Mac Gilligan, C.
O' Ferral, P.
O' Fox, C.
O' Quinn, L.
O' Slevin, and
The Final Word
A hands on guide to find your family within the county Longford. New; Full size 8 1/2 x 11; 46 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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