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Finding the Correct Church

Having found the Townland we must now find not just the Civil Parish identified on your records but the correct Church. On your records you may see a Civil Parish this most likely is not the Church your Family used for Marriage/Baptisms and weekly use.

An Example

As an example take County Meath there are 146 Civil Parishes in County Meath. Your Families Church may be Culmullin it is bordered by 7 different Parishes but it is also in the Parish of Dunshaughlin. Your records may say Parish of Dunshaughlin but your Ancestors Parish and church they used for important events is actually 10 Miles away at Cullmullin. To Compound the issue there are 5 Baronies in Meath with the word Rath and 47 Townlands with the word Rath included. 

Finding the correct Graveyard

Finding the correct Graveyard for your family for the Townland. Again an example a Parish like Dunshaughlin may have 10 Graveyards in Fact the Parish of Cullmullin above which is in the Civil Parish off Dunshaughlin has 3 Graveyards alone one for 1700 one for 1800s and a Modern graveyard.

Again this is our responsibility to find the Correct Graveyard for your Church and your families Townland.

Finding Relatives and Neighbours of your Family

At My Ireland Heritage our Data Base allows us to find the exact Location of your Families house in the 1800s. Once we travel her on your Behalf we will know very quickly if the family are still in the vicinity. In fact even if they are not we have the knowledge to know if the neighbors who may be there for 200 years are also still in the Vicinity.

  • Down has 12 Baronies
  • Down has 78 Civil Parishes
  • Down has 0 Electoral Divisions
  • Down has 1278 Townlands
  • Down has 2 sub townlands

County Down is one of six counties that form Northern Ireland, situated in the northeast of the island of Ireland. Adjoined to the southeast shore of Lough Neagh, the county covers an area of 2,448 km² (945 sq mi) and has a population of approximately 531,665. It is also one of the thirty-two traditional counties of Ireland and is within the province of Ulster.

It borders County Antrim to the north and the Irish Sea to the east and south. The largest town is Bangor, on the northeast coast. Three other large towns and cities are on its border: Newry lies on the western border with County Armagh, while Lisburn and Belfast lie on the northern border with County Antrim.

The Irish Celtic Tribes By Ptolemy 1st Century
500BC-500AD

  • County Down – The Darinoi & The Woluntioi

 

Family Dynasties 1500-1600 AD

•          Irish – O’Neill,O’Hanlon,Magennis,McCartan
•          Norman- De Courcey,Savage,Walsh
•          Scottish -MacSweeney
•          Viking – None

County Down- Things to do and may be possible to include within your Ancestral Townland Experience Tour

·      Irelands Ancient East
·      Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
·      Tolly more Forest park
·      Mount Stewart House
·      Titanic Exhibition
·      Down cathedral and St Patricks, St Columba’s & St Bridget’s Grave
·      Bangor Castle and Walled Gardens
·      Castle Ward