Roscommon Genealogy Tours

Roscommon Genealogy Tours
Strokestown Landlord Home and Famine Museum

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.

  • Roscommon has 6 baronies
  • Roscommon has 62 Civil Parishes
  • Roscommon has 110 Electoral Divisions
  • Roscommon has 2081 Townlands
  • Roscommon has 93 sub townlands

County Roscommon is part of the province of Connacht. Its county town and largest town is Roscommon. The population of the county is 64,065 according to the 2011 census.

It is the third largest of Connacht’s five counties by size and fourth largest in terms of population. The county borders every other Connacht county – Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim statistically, Roscommon has the longest life expectancy of any county on the island of Ireland. No other County in Ireland can show the ravages of the great famine better than Roscommon. Around every corner is an old House Ruin or a defensive Hill settlement 2000 years old know as a Rath and one of the finest examples is Rathcroghan.

County Roscommon is named after the county town of Roscommon. Roscommon comes from the Irish Ros meaning a wooded, gentle height and Comán, the first abbot and bishop of Roscommon who founded the first monastery there in 550 AD.

Family Dynasties 1500-1600 AD

•          Irish – McDermott, MacRannell, O’Connor, McGovern
•          Norman- None
•          Scottish -None
•          Viking – None

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

·      Arigna Mining Experience
·      Rathcroghan
·      Irelands Ancient East
·      Lough Key Forest Park (Boyle)
·      Boyle Abbey (Boyle)
·      Strokestown Park National Irish Famine Museum (Strokestown)
·      Roscommon Castle (Roscommon)
·      Roscommon County Museum (Roscommon)
·      Roscommon Friary
·      Cloontykilla Castle (Boyle)
·      Drumanone Portal Tomb (Boyle)
·      Gaelic Chieftain Sculpture (Boyle)