County Cavan & Leitrim Genealogy
NOTES and Coats of Arms
This illustrated, well indexed book, was created exclusively to help you find your family in County Cavan & Leitrim, Ireland. Focusing specifically on families within the county, it includes an introduction to research and sources in Cavan & Leitrim. The most numerous families from birth records are given, as well as rather rare Cavan & Leitrim 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 Published by the Irish Genealogical Foundation, this book was originally made for members researching in Cavan & Leitrim.
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 Cavan & Leitrim - 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 Cavan & Leitrim
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 Cavan & Leitrim and the surrounding areas. "County Cavan & Co. Leitrim Genealogy and Family History Notes" , volume 11 in the series, expands upon that coverage with added families and new resources just for Cavan & Leitrim. (In this way both books can work together as a set if desired, or they may be used independently for research.)
Many families are noted and pinpointed as to location...some are mentioned in passing. Includes several family histories from the works of John O'Hart.....
Most Numerous Families
According to this work the most numerous families in County Cavan in the 19th century were: (geneology)
(Possible variant spellings after each name have been added) :
Most of the old Irish names can have the Mac or 'O' before the name dropped or added at will. Additionally many old Irish names were translated or 'mistranslated' into English from the original gaelic.
And Most Numerous In County Leitrim :
Table of Contents
List of Books, ISBN data..
Extract from the Topographical Dictionary.
P a r t O n e
Introduction to Sources; Birth Index..
National Resource List ..
Local Resource Lists..
Names in Cavan and Leitrim..
P a r t T w o
Existing returns from the 'census' of 1659 for County Leitrim, also showing the methods of spelling family names and place names at that time in history, (only a few pages survive). This census is organized by barony, townland and parish. The baronies included are Leitrim; Mohill; Carrigallan and Dromagheire. The full names of tituladoes are given, such as William St. George; Edward Wood; Thomas Barrington; Hugh Gray; Stephen Chamberline, 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 Bryan; Brady; Birne; Bohane; Caffery; O Cannon; Carten; Dolan; Gowran, and so on are listed. Different surnames appear in different baronies, thus providing a clue for researchers. Also included in this section is a list of Freemen, dated 1697 - 1838 and members of Parliament for the Borough of Cavan in the 1700's.
P a r t T h r e e
Coats of Arms and Genealogical Notes.
Arms connected in some way to the counties, as taken from the Irish Book of Arms. The original listings provide specific locations for families, and clues for future research. Among the specific families with rough sketches of coats of arms in this work are: Adams of Northlands; Beresford of Cavan; Burrowes; Coote; Duff of Kilbride; Fay of Faybrook; Humpnrys of Ballyhaise; Lambert, earl of Cavan; Maxwell of Farnham; Nugen of Farren Connell; Rathborne of Kilcogy; Roe of Ballyconnell; Sanderson of Cloverhill; Twigg of Thorndale; Mary Verney, Baroness; Vernon of Erne Hill; Whyte-Venables of Redhill; Clements of Manor Hamilton; Adamson of Glenfarne; La Touche of Bellevue; Marsham; Peyton of Laheen; Slacke of Annandale; O'Reilly; White of Cloone Grange; Lyons- Montgomery of Belhavel.
P a r t F o u r
Examples of Family History Extracts from the works of O'Hart and from King James Irish Army List. This section includes O'Reilly Family Notes from the 1600's; A listing of Irish chiefs and clans in the area of Brefney; Principal Families of Ulster; A pedigree of Brady of Brefny; a pedigree of MacTiernan of Brefney; and some notation on the Cox family of Brefny.
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.
Parish Names in County Cavan
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. Cavan in this work:
Loughan or Castlekeeran,
. Keep in mind the spelling of place names and parishes can change over time. Be flexible in your research when looking for these names. Some old townland names in Leitrim are given as Beagh,
Dromkerine, Farrow, Leytrim,
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:
(For Cavan) Fitzsimon
Mac Brady, C.
Mac Cabe, C.
Mac Gauran, L.
Mac Gowan (Smith) C.
Mac Tiernan, L.
Mac Tully, C.
Mac Kiernan, L.
Mac Smith, C.
O' Farrelly, C.
O' Reilly, P.
O' Sheridan and
(and for County Leitrim):
Ford (McConsnava) C
Mac Clancy, L.
Mac Consnava (Ford) C.
O' Carroll, C.
Mac Rannall (Reynolds)
Mac Rannall, L.
Mac Shanley, C.
O' Meehan, C.
O' Mulvey, C.
O' Rodaghan, C.
O' Rourke, P.
The Final Word
A hands on guide to find your family in county Cavan and county Leitrim. New; Full size 8 1/2 x 11; 50 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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