To those with Irish ancestry, there is a new addition to the Tracing Your Ancestors series. Hot off the presses, and straight in from the Emerald Isle, is Tracing Your Sligo Ancestors, by James G. Ryan.
Sligo is a “maritime” county with the Atlantic to its west/northwest, and sits nestled between Leitrim above and Mayo below, with Roscommon to the east/southeast. Like many Irish counties, Sligo’s population peaked before the Great Famine. The population topped in 1841 at 181,000, dropping 52,000 in ten years. The population has continued to drop and stands at only 56,000 to this day. The counties most famous “son” was the poet William Bulter Yeats; though, his brother Jack B. Yeats was a painter of some note.
The original population was predominately Gaelic. After the 1641 Uprising, a Cromwellian settlement brought disbanded officer who took land in lieu of payment. These families carry the names Cooper, Crofton, Gore, Nicholson, Ormsby, Parke, Phibbs, Irwin, and Wood. Other principle names in the area, according the 1659 census, are:
- Connor/ O’Connor
This publication is designed to help researchers find and identify their Irish family origins. All the standard sources are evaluated with explanatory introductions and full references.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Administrative Divisions and Maps
Chapter 3 Civil Registration
Chapter 4 Censuses and Census Substitutes
Chapter 5 Church Records
Chapter 6 Land and Estate Records
Chapter 7 Will, Administrations and Marriage Licenses
Chapter 8 Commercial and Social Directories
Chapter 9 Family Names and Histories
Chapter 10 Newspapers
Chapter 11 Gravestone Inscriptions
Chapter 12 Further Reading and Miscellaneous Sources
Chapter 13 Archive and Internet Information
Copies of Tracing Your Sligo Ancestors are available from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $19.55
Other titles in this Irish research series include: