Galway Genealogy Tours

Galway Genealogy Tours

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.

  • Galway has 16 Baronies
  • Galway has 115 Civil Parishes
  • Galway has 135 Electoral Divisions
  • Galway has 4472 Townlands
  • Galway has 71 Sub Townlands

The city’s name is from the Irish name for the River Corrib which is the smallest river in Ireland, Abhainn na Gaillimhe (“Stony River”), which formed the western boundary of the earliest settlement, Dún Bhun na Gaillimhe “Fort at the mouth of the Gaillimh”. Historically, the name was Anglicised as Galliv, which is closer to the Irish pronunciation as is the city’s name in Latin, Galvia mentioned by Greek philosopher Ptolemy in the 1st Century.

The city also bears the nickname “The City of the Tribes” because of the fourteen merchant families called the “tribes of Galway” led the city in its Hiberno-Norman period. The term tribes was a derogatory one, because the merchants saw themselves as Anglo-Irish and were loyal to the King during the English Civil War. They later adopted the term as a badge of honour and pride in defiance of the town’s Cromwellian occupier.

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

  • County Galway- The Auteinoi

Family Dynasties 1500-1600 AD

•          Irish – O’Connor,O’Flaherty
•          Norman- Burke,Birmingham,Blake
•          Scottish -None
•          Viking – None

County Galway – Things to do and may be possible to include within your Ancestral Townland Experience Tour

·      Connemara National Park
·      Wild Atlantic Way
·      Galway Cathedral
·      Galway’s Latin Quarter
·      The Spanish Arch
·      Eyre Square
·       Portumna Famine Workhouse and Museum
·      St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church
·      Galway City Museum