Offaly 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.
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.
- Offaly has 12 Baronies
- Offaly has 50 Civil parishes
- Offaly has 87 Electoral Divisions
- Offaly has 1159 Townlands
- Offaly has 63 Sub Townlands
County Offaly is part of the Midlands Region and is also located in the province of Leinster. It is named after the ancient Kingdom of Uí Failghe and was formerly known as King’s County. The population of the county is 78,003 according to the 2016 census.
Tullamore is the county town and largest town in Offaly and is the 30th largest in Ireland. Offaly borders seven counties: Galway, Roscommon, Tipperary, Laois, Westmeath, Kildare and Meath. The Slieve Bloom Mountains are in the southern part of the county on the border with County Laois. Croghan Hill rises from the Bog of Allen and is located in northern Offaly. The floodplain of the River Shannon is in the north-western part of the county.
Family Dynasties 1500-1600 AD
• Irish –O,Carroll O’Madden,Mooney,McCoughlan
• Norman- None
• Scottish -None
• Viking – None
County Offaly- Things to do and may be possible to include within your Ancestral Townland Experience Tour
· Birr Castle and Gardens
· Clonmacnoise Monastery
· Tullamore Dew (Tullamore)
· Lough Boora Parklands
· Slieve Bloom Mountains
· Barack Obama Ancestral home
· Irelands Ancient East