Sligo is a maritime county in the Northwest of Ireland nestled between Mayo and Leitrim, perhaps most famous for its scenery and as the home of the poet W.B. Yeats.
The population of about 60,000 in 1792 rose to over 180,000 by the mid-1800s when trade was dinimated by the flax, wool and linen industries sergving the textile trade. The population continuiously decreased since the Great Famine with a high level of
emigration to North America and elsewhere, and the port of Sligo was a
major port of embarkation during the mass exodus of the famine period.
Sligo families are a mixture of native Gaelic families, and of some Cromwellian settlers who arrived in the 17th century. Common names include Scanlon, O'Healy, Brennan, Gallagher, O'Hara, O’Gara, O'Dowd, Kelly, Burke, Boland, McDonnell, McDonagh, Conlon, Breheny, Kelly, Feeney, Gallagher, Gilmartin, McGowan, (O)'Hart, Higgins, Connor/ O'Connor, McDonagh, Walsh, Egan and (O)'Crean. The main 'gentry' families in the county are Cooper, Crofton, Gore, Nicholson, Ormsby, Parke, Phibbs, Irwin and Wood.
This book sets out the records available for Sligo, where they can be accessed, and how they can be used to best effect in tracing Sligo families.
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Administrative Divisions
Chapter 3. Civil Registration
Chapter 4. Census and Census Substitutes
Chapter 5. Church Records
Chapter 6. Land and Estate Records
Chapter 7. Wills, Administrations and Marriage Licences
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