County Galway Genealogy and Family History Notes
NOTES and Coats of Arms
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Finding Your Family in County Galway
This illustrated, well indexed book, was created exclusively to help you find your family in County Galway, Ireland. A full color map of the county from the 1800’s adorns the cover. Focusing specifically on families within the county, it includes an introduction to research and sources in Galway. The most numerous families from birth records are given, as well as rather rare Galway 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 Published by the Irish Genealogical Foundation, this book was originally made for members researching in Limerick.
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 Galway- 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 Galway
The Master book to the 34 volume Irish Families series is 'The Book of Irish Families, great & small'. That book gives hundreds of family histories from County Galway, and the surrounding areas. " County Galway Genealogy and Family History Notes", volume 33 in the series, expands upon that coverage with added families and new resources just for Galway. (In this way both books can work together as a set if desired, or they may be used independently for research.) There is also another book in the series, “Families of County Galway, Ireland” which is dedicated to family history on each individual family in Galway.
Most Numerous Families
The most numerous families in Galway in the 19th century were:
The Families of Co. Galway contents:
Table of Contents
List of Books, ISBN data..
Barony Map of Galway (1878)..
Introduction to Sources; Birth Index..
National Resource List ..
Local Resource List..
Names in County Galway ..
The 1659 census does not exist for Galway. We include a survey and valuation with proprietors and houses in 1657, and forfeiting proprietors from earlier years. Many Irish families are given in specific locations in this census substitute. The baronies of County Galway are :
Arran; Athenry; Half Ballymoe; Ballynahinch; Clare; Clonmacnoon; Dunkellin; Dunmore; Kilconnell; Killian; Kiltartan; Leitrim; Longford; Loughrea; Moycullen; Ross and Tyaquin.
Note the names on the first page: Captain Bird; Thomas Williams; George Duffett; Thomas Marshell; Blanerhassett Wells; George Burwast; Thomas Symper; Jarvis Hines; John Blake Fitz-Robert; Stephen Browne; Thomas Nolan; Mathew Martyn and James Lynch Fitz-Marcus.
These are but a few of the names given in specific locations. It should be remembered that place names and family names were spelled differently in earlier days, so the researcher should look closely at spellings given here.
The 14 Tribes of Galway
We also have a section on the 14 Tribes of Galway which were: Athy; Blake; Bodkin; Browne; Darcy; Deane; Fonte; French; Joyce; Kirwan; Lynch; Martin; Morris; and Skerrett.
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. Old illustrations of arms are included for the families of : Athy; Bagot; Berridge; Birmingham; Blake of Ardfry; Blake of Corbally; Blakeney; Chevers; O’Connor-Henchy; D’Arcy; Daly; De Burgh; Deane; DeB urgh; Dillon; Donelan; Evans; Eyre of Eyrecourt; Fallon; O’Farrell of Dalystown; Ffrench; Fitzgerald; Fitzmuarice; French; Garth; Turnour; Gore; Graham; Guinness; Handcock; O’Hara; Hume; Jameson; Jenings; Kelly; Kirwan; Lawrence; Lynch; Staunton; Mahon; Martyn; Miller; Moncton; Nolan; Plunket; Segrave; Trench; Ussher; and Wenman, all with County Galway connections.
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.Parish Names in County Galway.
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. Galway:
Keep in mind the spelling of place names and parishes can change over time. Be flexible in your research when looking for these names.
Townland names and modern parishes are given in this selection. County Galway includes the towns of Galway; Tuam; Athenry; Loughrea; Eyrecourt; Gort; Headford; Ballinaslow, and many others...
Family Name Index
Additional Illustrations and Extracts
Warden Lynch’s House A-2
Claddah, Gort and Galway C-2
Seal of Christopher Bodkin T-8
Map of Galway County P-2
Map of Galway City P-4
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: Fitzgerald, E.
de Burgh (Burke) E.
de Burgo, V.
Mac Conry, C.
Mac Egan (Brehon)
Mac Hugh, C.
Mac Hugh or Hughes
Norton (ONaghten) C
O' Brien, L.
O' Cawley, C.
O' Clery, L.
O' Connell, C.
O' Conor, C.
O' Conor, P.
O' Daly, B.
O' Donnellan, L.
O' Flaherty, L.
O' Halloran, C.
O' Haverty, C.
O' Heyne, P.
O' Hoollaghan, C.
O' Horan, C.
O' Kelly, P.
O' Madden, L.
O' Manning, C.
O' Mullally, L.
O' Naghten (Norton) C.
O' Shaughnesy, L.
The Final Word
A hands on guide to find your family within the county Galway . New; Full size 8 1/2 x 11; 58 pages; heavier parchment type cover; lay flat binding; illustrations, some of which may appear faded with age as in the originals; Full color detailed County Map from the 1800’s; Local Sources; Coats of Arms; and record extracts. Some 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.). This work also continues a third book in the Irish Families Project entitled “Families of County Galway Ireland” which concentrates on family history.
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