Westmeath Genealogy Tours

Westmeath Genealogy

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.

  • Westmeath has 12 Baronies
  • Westmeath has 64 Civil Parishes
  • Westmeath has 106 Electoral divisions
  • Westmeath has 1349 Townlands
  • Westmeath has 6 sub townlands

County Westmeath is in the province of Leinster and is part of the Midlands Region. It originally formed part of the Historic Kingdom of Meath. It was named Mide because kingdom was located in middle of Ireland as the word Mide means middle. The population of the county is 88,396.

Following the Norman invasion of Ireland, the territory of the Kingdom of Meath was subsumed into the Lordship of Meath and granted by King Henry II of England, in his capacity as Lord of Ireland, to Hugh de Lacy in 1172. Following the failure of male heirs, the Lordship was split between de Lacy’s great-granddaughters.

Family Dynasties 1500-1600 AD

•          Irish – O’Farrell
•          Norman- De Tagmon (Timmins),Nugent
•          Scottish -None
•          Viking – None

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

·      Derryglad Folk & Heritage Museum (Athlone)
·      Athlone Castle (Athlone)
·      Old Kilbeggan Distillery (Kilbeggan)
·      Irelands Ancient East
·      Church of Saints Peter & Paul, Athlone (Athlone)
·      Glendeer Pet Farm (Athlone)
·      Belvedere House Gardens & Park (Mullingar)
·      Dun na Si Amenity & Heritage Park (Moate)
·      Tullynally Castle & Gardens
·      Fore Abbey