Families of County Kerry
Official County Book of The Irish Families Project
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New - Irish Genealogy & Family History,
indexed, maps, heraldry, illustrated,
hardbound, gold stamped, 244+ pages.
Finding Your Family History in Co. Kerry
This is the hardbound, illustrated, book that focuses exclusively on families of County Kerry. Part of the Irish Families Project, it includes: Catholic and Protestant; native Irish; settler families from England, Scotland, and Wales; County Map; Coats of Arms; and more.. Information contained here-in dates from the earliest times to the modern era.
Expands Upon Earlier Information
The Master Volume in the Irish Families series is 'The Book of Irish Families, great & small'. It covers thousands of families from all of Ireland.
'Families of Co. Kerry' greatly expands upon the coverage given in that book and adds several hundred new families. In this way both books compliment each other. 'Families of Co. Kerry' is the 2nd volume in the series, which covers every county in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Only 7 of the 29 county books were hardbound and gold stamped. This is one of them. It was published by the Irish Genealogical Foundation and edited by Michael C. O'Laughlin.
An outline of the history of the county as it relates to Irish families, and to Irish research, is included, along with an exhaustive enumeration of thousands of Kerry families, sure to help any family researcher.
Many give this volume as the best of the series.
The Coming of Families to Kerry
Here is a column from the introduction of this book, which sets the stage for the over 1,000 families within the pages of this work. " The arrival of the Eoganacht (Eugenian) families of MacCarthy, O'Sullivan and O'Donoghue in the 12th century marks a time of great transition and disorder in Co. Kerry. Cormac MacCarthy, in 1124, banished three ruling families of the area: O'Shea of the Corcu Duibne who had ruled alternately with the Falveys of Corcu Duibne, and who seemingly fade away from Kerry history subsequently; O'Connor of the Ciarraighe, who were also on hand upon the arrival of the English in Kerry; and O'Moriarty of Loch Lein, soon to be dispossessed by the O'Donaghues.
These banishments were not without bloodshed and reversals, (Cormac MacCarthy was even banished to the monastery at Lismore for a time), but the Eoganacht families eventually prevailed. O'Moriarty, sponsored by O'Connor the King of Ireland, (this is not O'Connor Kerry), returned and caused some havoc on land and sea on more than one occasion.
The Eoganachts were opposed by old ruling families of Kerry, who received support from O'Brien of Thomand - who wanted to keep the power of these Eoganacht families in check. O'Connor Kerry was perhaps the most contentious - even raising a fleet and establishing a base of power at Innisfallen for a time, before being forced to flee with his fleet left behind on Loch Lein.
MacCarthy, with O'Donaghue and Sullivan, received support from O'Connor, king of Connaught and others. Culminating in the battle of Moin Mhor in 1151 in which O'Brien and allies were defeated, MacCarthy was firmly established as king of Desmond. O'Briens power was held in check from that time forward outside of the area of Thomand (Co. Clare and surrounds). "
Major Family Entries
Among the many families given a full column of coverage in this comprehensive work are:
Genis Ginnis Guiness;
The full list of names is to large to cover here, as there are hundreds of families given (see index at end of this listing for more surnames found within this book...
History and Sources
An outline of the history of the county as it relates to these families, and to Irish research, is included, along with an exhaustive enumeration of thousands of Kerry families. A special address list of resources and genealogical aids is included in this one of a kind source, and it will be sure to help the family researcher, giving common and not so common avenues for study. Information from other works on Co. Kerry are included too, including the research of Jeremiah King, a Kerry historian.
This is the #1 primer of its kind.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Map of County Kerry
Ortelius Map of Kerry 1576
Ancient Sketch of Kerry Castle
Invasion and Settlement
Settler Families Detailed
Denny Muster Roll
Irish Forces, settlement of Tralee
Chart of Settlers before 1641
Chart of Settlers after 1641
Ancient Sketch of Castle Maine
Sources, Old Kerry Newspapers Listed
1776 List of Papists
Ancient Families of County Kerry
Kerry Family History Sources.......
Families of Co. Kerry, History and Locations
Thousands of Families Given. Listed in Alphabetical order.....
Co. Kerry Landowners List
Listing of Kerry Placenames
Household list of some major Kerry Families.
Index of Surnames.
Parish Names in County Kerry
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 Kerry in this work:
Keep in mind the spelling of place names and parishes can change over time. Be flexible in your research when looking for these names.
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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 Carthy, L.
Mac Carthy Mor, P.
Mac Clancy, (Brehon)
Mac Egan (Brehon)
Mac Fineen, C.
Mac Gillycuddy-Reeks, C.
Mac Sweeny, C.
O' Carroll, L.
O' Conor, L.
O' Conor, P.
Mac Sheehy, C.
O' Donoghoe (Donahue)
O' Donoghoe Mor, P.
O' Falvey, L.
O' Harney, C.
O' Mahony, C.
O' Moriarty, C.
O' Mullane, C.
O' Shea, L.
O' Sullivan More, L.
Walsh. These are of course, only a small percentage of families found in County Kerry.
The Final Word
This is a one of a kind book. "Families of County Kerry, Ireland" is hardbound and gold stamped, with a smyth sewn binding for a lifetime of use. Includes over 3,000 families and is a must have for anyone with family in Kerry.
Specifications: 6" x 9" size; 244 + xxvi pages; 40 illustrations; well indexed by surname. Includes Castles in County Kerry; family seats of power; locations; variant spellings of family names; full map of County Kerry, coats of arms, and sources for research. From ancient times to the modern day. First Edition in dust jacket. Author/Editor: Michael C. O'Laughlin. Please remember that the first book in the Irish Families Project, "The Book of Irish Families, great & small" has information on Kerry families not contained in this book.
Special Note: This is the larger of two books on County Kerry in the Irish Families Project. The other title is: "County Kerry Genealogy and Family History Notes". The two are meant to compliment each other.