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County Mayo
County Mayo
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Family History
NOTES and Coats of Arms

Finding Your Family in County Mayo

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 Published by the Irish Genealogical Foundation, this book was originally made for members researching in Mayo.

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 Mayo - 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 Mayo 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 Mayo, and the surrounding areas. " County Mayo Genealogy and Family History Notes", volume 20 in the series, expands upon that coverage with added families and new resources just for Mayo. (In this way both books can work together as a set if desired, or they may be used independently for research.)

From the Works of O'Hart
The following families are given with family history and/or family tree notes from the works of John O'Hart :

Crean of Mayo and Sligo;
MacDonnell of Mayo;
MacHale of Tubbernavine
O'Donel (O'Donnell) of Oldcastle and Castlebar;
O'Malley of Murrisk and Burrishoole;
O'Neill of Mayo and Leitrim;
Bourke, Lord Marquis Mayo and other branches;
Gibbons of Erris;
Kane of Mayo;
Jordan (De Exeter):
and the Moore Family of Ballina.

The Source section gives you the address and location of records for more research in Ireland. Includes local sources in the county itself. Many families are noted and pinpointed as to location......

Most Numerous Families
Among the most numerous families here in the 19th century were:

Walsh, Welsh, Welch,
Gallagher, Gallaher, Gallager,
Kelly, Kelley, Kellie,
Malley, Malloy, O'Malley,
Moran, Morane, Mooran,
Duffy, Duffey, Duffie,
McHale, MacHale, McHail,
Gibbons, Gobbons, McGibbons,
Joyce, Joyse, Joice,
Connor, Conner, Conor,
Conway, Convey, Conwey,
Higgins, Higins, Hickins,
Murphy, Morphey, Murphey,
Burke, Bourke, Burk,
Reilly, Riley, Rielly,
Durkan, Durkin, Dorkin,
Doherty, Dougherty, Daugherty,
McHugh, MacHugh, McQue,
Sweeney, Sweaney, Sweeny,
Lyons, Lions, Lyans.. .

Other noted families of Mayo included Flaherty, Flannery, Jordan, Burke, Barrett, Nangle and Costello and many more.. . Major towns include Killala, Westport, Ballina, Crossmolina and Castlebar...

List of Books, ISBN data.
Lt. John Mally from King James Irish Army List

P a r t O n e
Introduction to Sources; Birth Index.
National Resource List..
Local Resource List..
Names in Mayo
Resources from our Library.
Family searches listed from the Irish Families Journal..

P a r t T w o
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
The following are included with rough sketches of Irish coats of arms and brief family history notes from centuries past, including specific individuals: Arthur Gore of Castle Gore; John Bourke of Castle Bourke; Joshua Allen whose line comes through England and Holland; William Hall-Gage, of Castlebar; John Browne of Mount Eagle; Richard Bingham of Castlebar; John Bingham of Newbrook; John Bourke, earl of Mayo; John Dennis Brown of Mount Eagle; James Cuff of Ballinrobe; Bingham of Bingham Castle; Blake - De Burgh of Coolcon; Bowen of Hollymount; Carter of Shaen Manor; Gildea of Clooncormack; Jackson of Carramore House; Lamber of Brookhill; Lynch of Partry House; Miller of Millford; Orme of Owenmore; Ormsby of Ballinamore; Pike of Glendarary; Ruttledge of Bloomfield; Jones of Ardnaree; Moore of Moore Hall; Knox of Mount Falcon; Fitzgerald of Turlough Park; Theobald Bourk, viscount; Endymion Smith of Strangford; Charles O'Hara of Tyrawley; and Thomas Gage of Castlebar. The foregoing all have illustrated rough sketches of arms taken in many cases from sources several hundred years old.

Names in the Books of Survey and Distribution
Sources for further Reference.
Several Hundred family names are found in the Books of Survey and Distribution in County Mayo, and are listed as such in this work. Please check our online index for all the names that appear, as there is not enough space to list all the names here. A few of the names follow: Branagh Brannagh Brehane Mc Brehane Brehune Brentmoore Browne Bryen Mc Bryen Burditt Burgh Burk Burke Butler O Byrn

P a r t T h r e e
Notes on Families of County Mayo from Irish Pedigrees and the
Landed Gentry by O'Hart.. In this section you will find special entries on Crean; MacDonnell of Mayo; MacHale of Addergoole; O'Donel of Oldcastle and Castlebar;O'Malley of Murrisk and Burrishoole; O'Neil of Mayo and Leitrim; and many more are given among the Irish clans and new settlers here.

P a r t F o u r
Finding Locations..
County Map.
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 Mayo. 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.Mayo in this work: Achill, Addergoole, Aghagower, Aghamore, Aglish, Annagh, Ardagh, Attymass, Balla, Ballinchalla, Ballinrobe, Ballintober, Ballyhean, Ballynahaglish, Ballyovey, Ballysakeery, Bekan, Bohola, Breaghwy, Burriscarra, Burrishoole, Cong, Crossboyne, Crossmolina, Doonfeeny, Drum, Islandeady, Kilbeagh, Kilbelfad, Kilbride, Kilcolman, Kilcommon, Kilconduff, Kilcummin, Kildacommoge, Kilfian, Kilgarvan, Kilgeever, Killala, Killasser, Killedan, Kilmaclasser, Kilmainebeg, Kilmainemore, Kilmeena, Kilmolara, Kilmore, Kilmoremoy, Kilmovee, Kilturra, Kilvine, Knock, Lackan, Manulla, Mayo, Meelick, Moorgagagh, Moygawnagh, Oughaval, Rathreagh, Robeen, Rosslee, Shrule, Tagheen, Templemore, Templemurry, Toomore, Touaghty and Turlough. Keep in mind the spelling of place names and parishes can change over time. Be flexible in your research when looking for these names.

Grace O'Malley (12)
Mountain Dance (A-12)
Cong Cross & Abbey (C-20),
Map of Mayo (C-22, P-2)

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:

Barrett Bourke, MacWm, L. Browne, B. Browne Cusack (O'Cisoghe) Fleming Joyce Lawless Mac Aveeley Mac Garry Mac Gavan Mac Costello Mac Davett Mac Geraeghty Mac Gibbon Mac Greal Mac Hale (MacCail) Mac Jordan, deExeter, L. Nangle O' Bannan, C. O' Birn O' Bligh O' Brody O' Brogan O' Cahaney, C. O' Callaghan, C. O' Connegan O' Connellan O' Conor, King O' Conor Mac Nally Mac Nulty Mac Phillips O' Cummin O' Dogherty O' Dolan O' Donnell O' Dowd, P. O' Duffy O' Dugan O' Finan O' Finegan O' Flannery O' Flynn O' Gavagan O' Gormly O' Gormoge, C. O' Grady O' Hara, B. O' Hara, L. O' Higgin O' Kearny O' Keerin O' Kerrigan O' Killeen O' Larrissey O' Lavell O' Lennon O' Loghnan O' Loughnan O' Malley, L. O' Milford O' Moghan O' Moran O' Mulleeny O' Mulrenin O' Mulroy O' Murray, L. O' Quinn O' Roddan O' Ronan O' Rothlan O' Talcharan O' Tierney, L. O' Toole Petit Prendergast Staunton Synott Taaffe, B., and Mac Cail as MacHale.

The Final Word A hands on guide to find your family within the county Mayo . New; Full size 8 1/2 x 11; 54 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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