Wicklow 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.
- Wicklow has 7 baronies
- Wicklow has 59 Civil Parishes
- Wicklow has 81 Electoral Divisions
- Wicklow has 1354 Townlands
- Wicklow has 60 sub townlands
County Wicklow the second last of the traditional 32 counties to be formed, as late as 1606, it is part of the Mid-East Region and is also located in the province of Leinster. It is named after the town of Wicklow, which derives from the Old Norse name Víkingaló, which means “Vikings’ Meadow” and the population of the county is 142,332.
Traditionally known as the Garden of Ireland, the Wicklow Mountains, Dublin Mountains and Black Stairs make up the longest chain of Mountains in Ireland. Famously the last Wolf was shot at Mount Leinster in 1786.
County Wicklow was the last of the traditional counties of Ireland to be shirred in 1606 from land previously part of counties Dublin and Carlow. Often under the Power of the O’Byrnes clan. The Military Road, stretching from Rathfarnham to Aghavannagh crosses the mountains, north to south, was built by the British Army to assist them in defeating the rebels still active in the Wicklow Mountains following the failed 1798 rebellion. The ancient monastery of Glendalough is located in County Wicklow along with the wonderful Powers court domain. (see our Wicklow Way Tour)
The Irish Celtic Tribes By Ptolemy 1st Century
- County Wicklow – The Manapioi
Family Dynasties 1500-1600 AD
• Irish – O’Byrne, O’Toole, Redmond, Kavanagh
• Norman- Fitzgerald, Butler
• Scottish -None
• Viking – None
County Wicklow- Things to do and may be possible to include within your Ancestral Townland Experience Tour
· Powerscourt Gardens and House (Enniskerry)
· Wicklow Mountains National Park (Glendalough Village)
· Part of Ireland Ancient East
· The Wicklow Way
· The Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk (Bray)
· Glendalough Monastery
· Powerscourt Waterfall (Enniskerry)
· Wicklow Gaol (Many were held here prior to transportation to Australia)
· Military Road (Enniskerry)
· Blessington Lakes (Wicklow)