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County Meath & Westmeath
County Meath & Westmeath
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Family History
NOTES and Coats of Arms

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 Published by the Irish Genealogical Foundation, this book was originally made for members researching in Meath & Westmeath.

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 Meath & Westmeath- 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 Meath & Westmeath 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 Meath & Westmeath, and the surrounding areas. " County Meath & Westmeath Genealogy and Family History Notes", volume 21 in the series, expands upon that coverage with added families and new resources just for Meath & Westmeath. (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 Meath in the 19th century were:


The most numerous families in Westmeath were:

County Meath includes the towns of Trim, Duleek, Kells, Navan & Athboy and many more...
County Westmeath includes the towns of Mullingar, Athlone and Kilbeggan and many more...

Passengers Listed from Meath & Westmeath.
The Ancient Kingdom of Meath from Keatings.

P a r t O n e
Introduction to Sources; Birth Index..
National Resource List .
Local Resource Lists..
Some names in these counties.
Family search examples on file
Fagan extract from King James Irish Army List

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 in Meath are Duleek; Scryne; and Ratouth. The baronies included in West Meath are: Demifoure; Moygoishe; Corkerie; Majaskell and Magheredernan; Fertullagh; May Cashell (Moy Cashell); Rathconrath; Farbill; Clonlonan; Kilkenny barony; and Delvyn. The full names of tituladoes are given, such as in one barony Henry Pardon, John Furlong, Redmond Frayne, Andrew Darcy, George Wilton, William Rowles, 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 Coffy 29, Conally & Conelly 13, Connelan & Connalan 14, Carmick 17, Dalton 50, Dunegan & Donegan 12, Daly 10, Doyle 12 ...and so on are given. This repeats for each barony. Different surnames appear in different baronies, thus providing a clue for researchers. It is important to remember that the spelling of place names and family names have changed over time. It is often wise to look for names spelled similar to yours.

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. Providing specific locations for families, and clues for future research. Among the families with sketches of arms included for them in this work are those of: Matthew Aylmer; Nicholas Barnewell; Battersby of Loughbawn; Bayly-Vandeleur of Wardenstown; Thomas O'Beirne; John Bellew of Duleek; Bligh of Brittas; Bomford of Gallow; Boyd-Rochfort; Brabazon the Earl; Butler of Priestown; Caldwell of New Grange; Cary- Caddell of Harbourstown; Chambers of Fosterstown; Coddington of Oldbridge; D'Arcy of Hyde Park; Daniell of New Forest; Dease of Turbotson; Dowdall; Fitzherbert of Black Castle; Forbes of Granard; Fowler of Rahinston; Gernon of Athcarne; Gradwell of Dowth Hall; Grimston of Dunboyne; Grogan; Hamilton of Stackallen; Hawley of Donamore; Holroyd; Hussey of Rathkenny; Hyde of Lynnbury and so on, there are many more families given.

Family History Notes
Irish Chiefs, Leaders & Pedigrees from O'Hart...
We have specific entries for the families of Plunket of Irishtown; Mooney of Ringstown; Dalton of Miltown; Dracot; Lowther of Skryne; Darditz of Johnstown; Tirrell; Clibborn; Everard; Brett of Coltrummer and Fay. Also are given a list of persons transplanted in Meath and Westmeath along with a history of the Chiefs and Clans of Meath and Westmeath.

P a r t F o u r
Finding Locations..
Map of Meath.
Map of Westmeath
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 selection includes modern parish names and older townland names.

Parish Names in County Meath & Westmeath. 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. Meath & Westmeath in this work: Agher, Ardagh, Ardbraccan, Ardcath, Ardmulchan, Ardsallagh, Assey, Athboy, Athlumney, Balfeaghan, Ballyboggan, Ballygarth, Ballymagarvey, Ballymaglassan, Balrathboyne, Balsoon, Bective, Brownstone, Burry, Castlejordan, Castlekeeran or Loughan, Castlerickard, Castletown, Churchtown, Clonalvy, Clonard, Clongill, Clonmacduff, Collon, Colp, Cookstown, Crickstown, Cruicetown, Culmullin, Cushinstown, Danestown, Derrypatrick, Diamor, Donaghmore, Donaghpatrick, Donore, Dowdstown, Dowth, Drakestown, Drumcondra, Drumlargan, Dulane, Duleek, Duleek Abbey, Dunboyne, Dunmoe, Dunsany, Dunshauglin, Emlagh, Enniskeen, Fennor, Follistown, Gallow, Galtrim, Gernonstown, Girley, Grangegeeth, Greenoge, Inishmot, Julianstown, Kells, Kentstown, Kilbeg, Kilberry, Kilbrew, Kilbride, Kilcarn, Kilclone, Kilcooly, Kildalkey, Killaconnigan, Killallon, Killary, Killeagh, Killeen, Killegland, Killyon, Kilmainham, Kilmessan, Kilmoon, Kilmore, Kilsharvan, Kilshine, Kilskeer, Kiltale, Knock, Knockcommon, Knockmark, Laracor, Liscartan, Lismullin, Loughbrackan, Loughcrew, Macetown, Martry, Mitchelstown, Monknewtown, Monktown, Moorechurch, Moybolgue, Moyglare, Moylagh, Moymet, Moynalty, Navan, Newtown, Newtownclonbun, Nobber, Oldcastle, Painestown, Piercetown, Rataine, Rathbeggan, Rathcore, Rathfeigh, Rathkenny, Rathmolyon, Rathmore, Rathregan, Ratoath, Rodanstown, Scurlockstown, Siddan, Skreen, Slane, St. Mary's, Stackallan, Staffordstown, Staholmog, Stamullin, Teltown, Templekeeran, Timoole, Trevet, Trim, Trubley, Tullaghanoge and Tullyallen . Keep in mind the spelling of place names and parishes can change over time. Be flexible in your research when looking for these names.

Surname Index

c-2: Fagan from King James Irish Army List
c-32: Nugent from King James Irish Army List
A-10: Dunmoe Castle
P8: Newgrange

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:

For County Meath:
Barnwall, B. de Bathe Bellew, Baron Betagh Butler, B. Chevers Cruise Cusack (O'Cisoghe) Dalton, B. Darcy Dardis Dillon Dowdall Drake FitzEustace, B. Fleming, B. de Geneville, L. Hussey, B. de Lacy Langan Mac Grane Marward, B. Missett, B. de Mortimer, L. Nangle, B. Netterville, B. Nugent, B. O' Carolan O' Connolly, L O' Dunn, L. O' Duvan, C. O' Finnelan, L. O' Fox O' Gogarty O' Halligan O' Hart, P. O' Hea, C. O' Kelly, P. O' Kindellan, P. O' Melaghlin, King O' Murtagh O' Regan, P. O' Reilly, C. O' Rory, P. O' Scully, B. O' Traynor Phepoe, and Plunkett, E..

And For County Westmeath:
Dease Dillon, B. Fagan Fitzsimon de Lacey de Lacy de Lamare Mac Auley, L. Mac Evoy, L. Mac Geoghegan, L. Mac Geoghegan, P. Nugent O' Carbery, C. O' Casey O' Coffey, C. Mac Ruarc O' Corrigan O' Curry O' Daly, L. O' Dooley, C. O' Fay O' Fox O' Hanrahan O' Hanvey, C. O' Hennessy, C. O' Higgin, C. O' Kearney, C. O' Malone O' Melaghlin, P. O' Mulleady O' Reilly O' Shiel, C. O' Sionagh (Fox) O' Tolard, L. Petit, B. Tuite, B. Tyrrell de Verdon, and deLamare.

The Final Word A hands on guide to find your family within the county Meath and the County Westmeath . New; Full size 8 1/2 x 11; 80 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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