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Tracing Your Westmeath Ancestors

Publisher: Flyleaf Press

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 160 pages
Author: G. Connell
Year: 2012
ISBN: 9781907990038
Other: b&w photos, maps, further reading, index
Publisher: Flyleaf Press

Westmeath is an inland county in the province of Leinster, and is often referred to as the 'Lake' County’.

It is primarily agricultural, with prime grazing land and a reputation for its beef. The main towns are Athlone, Mullingar, Castlepollard, Kilbeggan and Moate.

The major Gaelic families in the county  include O'Flanagan, MacAuley, MacGeoghegan, Brennan, O'Coffey, O'Mulleady, O'Finlan, O'Growney, O'Melaghlin and O'Daly. Later Norman arrivals included DeLacy, Plunkett, Nugent, Tuite, Petit, Delamar,  and Dalton, and later still English adventurer families to arrive included Ledwich,  Dardis and Gaynor.

Although less affected by the famine its population has declined from 141,000 in 1845 to about 86,000 currently.

The lives and activities of these various peoples of Westmeath have generated a huge variety of records, many of which can be useful to the family historian.  This book explains what records exist and how to use them to best advantage. 


Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Conducting Family Research
Chapter 3. Administrative Divisions
Chapter 4. Civil Registration
Chapter 5. Census and Census Substitutes
Chapter 6. Church Records
Chapter 7. Land Records
Chapter 8. Wills, Administrations and Marriage Bonds
Chapter 9. Newspapers
Chapter 10. Directories and Occupational Sources
Chapter 11. Memorial Inscriptions
Chapter 12. Education
Chapter 13. Family Names and History
Chapter 14. Further Reading
Chapter 15. Repositories and Useful Addresses

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