County Armagh Genealogy
NOTES and Coats of Arms
Finding Your Family History in Co. Armagh
This illustrated, well indexed book, was created exclusively to help you find your family in County Armagh, Ireland. Focusing specifically on families within the county, it includes an introduction to research and sources in Armagh. The most numerous families from birth records are given, as well as rather rare Armagh 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 Published by the Irish Genealogical Foundation, this book was originally made for members researching in Armagh.
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 Armagh - 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 Armagh
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 Armagh and the surrounding areas. "County Armagh & Belfast Genealogy and Family History Notes" , volume 10 in the series, expands upon that coverage with added families and new resources just for Co. Armagh & Belfast. (In this way both books can work together as a set if desired, or they may be used independently for research.).
Most Numerous Families
The most numerous families here in the 19th century according to this book were:
Some of the other families of Armagh were: O'Neill, Hoey, Hanlon, MacMahon, Keelaghan, McPartlan, MacVeagh, Heaney (Bird), MacSherry, MacAlinden, Rogan, Mulcreevy, Heron, Garvey, Loughran, and McGinty.
More settler names are found in Armagh including those of Brownlow; Blacker; McHenry; Boyd, Fraser; Morrison; Patterson; Bradshaw; Lindsay; Bradford; Walker; Jackson; Young; Johnson; Taylor; Wilson; Watson and Johnston. County Armagh includes the towns of Armagh; Keady; Portadown; Lurgan; and Tanderagee....
Table of Contents
List of Books, ISBN data.
Families and Territories, topographical dictionary extract
P a r t O n e
Introduction to Sources; Birth Index.
National Resource List .
Local Resource List.
Names in County Armagh
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 are Ardmagh; Tarranney; Oryer; Upper Fewes; Lower Fewes; O Neyland; Clanbrassell; and Charlemount. The full names of tituladoes are given, such as James Maxwell; Francis Stafford; Nicholas Severs; Samuell Powell, 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 McCarran, O Carbry, O Cromy, O Donelly, O Dally, O Diuin, O Fenighan, Mc Girr, O Hugh, Martin, McWard, and so on are listed. Different surnames appear in different baronies, thus providing a clue for researchers.
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. The original listings provide specific locations for families, and clues for future research. Among the families in this section with rough sketches of coats of arms from earlier centuries, are:
Arthur Aceson of Gosford; Alexander of Fork House; Annesley of Mountnorris; MacArtney of Rosebrook;
Barrington of Orange Hill; Blacker of Carrickblacker; Gray of Enagh; Mac Geough- Bond of Drumsill;
Hart - Synnot of Ballymoyer; Cope of Drummilly; Francis-William Caulfield, earl of Charlemount;
Close of Drumbanagher; Cooke- Cross of Dartran; Morris Robinson, Baron Rokeby;
Irwin of Mount Irwin; Johnston of Kilmore; Pooler of Tyross; Dr. William Stuart;
Wright-Armstrong of Killylea; and St. George of Wood Park, Co. Armagh.
P a r t F o u r
Family History Notes on Armagh Families.
In this section are included notes on the family of McCann of Clanbrassil; and Cowell of Tynan, among others. Also included are notices of office holders taken from Ordnance Survey Memoirs listed by parish for the dates 1835-38. New settlers and mordern nobility are listed as well, from the works of O'Hart.
P a r t F i v e
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. Townlands, modern parishes and baronies are included in the selection.
Parish Names in County Armagh
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. Armagh 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.
Extracts and Illustrations
O'Hanlon history from King James Irish Army List
Barony Map of County Armagh
Sketch of the Town of Armagh
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: Mac Cann, L.
O' Duvany, C.
O' Garvey, C.
O' Hanlon, L.
O' Hanratty, C.
O' Heir, C.
O' Keiran, C.
O' Larkin, C.
O' Neill, L.
O' Neylan, C., and
The Final Word
A hands on guide to find your family in county Armagh. 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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