Leitrim Genealogy Tours

Leitrim Genealogy Tours
The Townlands of County Leitrim

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.

  • Leitrim has 5 Baronies
  • Leitrim has 17 Civil Parish
  • Leitrim has 77 Electoral Divisions
  • Leitrim has 1488 Townlands
  • Leitrim has 39 sub Townlands

County Leitrim is in the province of Connacht and is part of the Border Region. It is named after the village of Leitrim.

Leitrim is the 26th largest of the 32 counties by area and the smallest by population on the island of Ireland. It is the smallest of Connacht’s 5 counties in both size and population. In ancient times Leitrim formed the western half of the Kingdom of Breifne. This region was long influenced by the O’Rourke family of Dromahair, whose heraldic lion occupies the official county shield to this day. Close ties initially existed with the O’Reilly clan in the eastern half of the kingdom, however a split occurred in the 13th century and the kingdom was divided into East Breifne, now County Cavan, and West Breifne, now County Leitrim. The Normans invaded in the 13th century and occupied the south of Breifne.

Family Dynasties 1500-1600 AD

•          Irish – McGovern, McRannell, O’Rourke,
•          Norman- Mortimer, Nugent, Sherlock
•          Scottish -None
•          Viking – None

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

·      Glencar Waterfall
·      Parke’s Castle
·      Irelands Ancient East
·      Creevelea Friary
·      Corracloona Megalithic Tomb
·      Wild Atlantic Crusades