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Longford (An Longfort)

This research guide is designed to help you find your Irish ancestors in our genealogy print collection.  The McClelland Library uses the Dewey Decimal Classification System to make our print materials findable through the online catalog and while browsing our shelves in person.  Below you will find books to help you locate your ancestors in county Longford.

929.1: Books under this dewey number at the McClelland Library are primarily about how to get started with genealogy research and where to find certain sources.

Tracing your Irish Ancestors by John Grenham

Call Number: Geneal. 929.1072 G865t        Publication Date: 1999

A comprehensive guidebook for Irish genealogy; includes tips for where to begin, what to expect, and brief exploration of internet source. Grenham provides major source lists of Civil, Census, Church, and Land Records, Wills, Genealogy office, Deed Registries, Newspaper and Directory listings, and a reference guide of Sources by County. 

Irish Towns, a Guide to Sources edited by William Nolan and Anngret Simms

Call Number: Geneal. 929.1072 Ir47    Publication Date: 1998

Provides brief overview of the history of towns and territorial divisions in Ireland, including several maps, drawings, and prints. Also includes source listing of records of Central and Local Government after 1700, Estate and Church records, Newspapers, Directories, and Gazetteers, and a select bibliography of publications on Irish Towns in the period from 1500-1980, printed between 1969 and 1993.

929.3: Books under this dewey number at the McClelland Library are primarily Genealogy Sources or books of compiled resources put together by genealogists.

County Longford Survivors of the Great Famine by David Leahy

Call Number: Geneal. 929.34 L471c

Publication Date: 1996

Includes an index to Griffith’s Primary Valuation of County Longford for 1854; contents also include and index to Occupiers, Lessors, and Townlands.  A variety of figures and tables are provided: Houses valued at greater than £35 in the GPV (Griffith’s Primary Valuation) of Co. Longford in 1854; Immediate Lessors showing those leasing the greatest acreage of land in County Longford; Residents of County Longford in 1861 who were born in Ireland indicating County of Birth; Age structure of residents of County Longford in 1861; The most numerous householder names in the 1854 Griffith’s Primary Valuation of County Longford; A sample page of Griffith’s Primary Valuation of County Longford; Union and Barony Maps of County Longford; and a Civil Parish Map of County Longford.

County Longford Residents Prior to the Famine by Guy A. Rymsza

Call Number: Geneal. 929.34 R989c

Publication Date: 2004

Date Range: 1823-1838

Contents include brief historical notes and geography of Co. Longford.  Part one also provides in a full name index taken from the Tithe Applotment, a tax survey conducted between 1823 and 1838 by the British Administration.  The full name index is 198 pages long and lists surname, given name, townland, and civil parish. Part two contains a Recapitulation of Tithe Books, listed alphabetically and by townland with surname, given name, and parish listed. Part three provides various county maps depicting the civil parishes, Unions and Baronies, and townlands of County Longford.

Irish County Maps Showing the Locations of Churches in Leinster Province provided by the Genealogical Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Call Number: Geneal. 929.3418 Ir43L

Publication Date: 1976

Date Range: 1631-1873

Compiled using churches listed in Thom’s Irish Almanac and Official Directory for 1853, does not include churches extinct in or established after 1853.  Includes County Parish listings for Carlow, Dublin, Dublin City, Kildare, Kilkenny, Leix (Queens), Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly (Kings), Westmeath, Wexford, and Wicklow.  Denominations listed are Church of Ireland, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, and Others. A map of Civil Parishes by County is provided with grid number corresponding to entries for each parish.

County Longford and its People: an Index to the 1901 Census for County Longford by David Leahy

Call Number: Geneal. 929.3418 L471c

Publication Date: 1990

Pages 1-200 provide Index of Family names, page 201 begins an Index of Townlands taken from the returns of the 1901 Census.  Several tables and figures are also provided. Tables included are: Residents of Co. Longford in 1901 who were born outside Ireland and The 20 most numerous names.  Figures provided are: A sample household return, District electoral divisions of Co. Longford, Index to Longford District Electoral Divisions,and A Sample house & building return.

Ireland: County Longford compiled by The Irish Genealogical Foundation

Call Number: Geneal. 929.34181 C8328

Publication Date: 2002

Provides an overview of the county with information relating to various sources found in the Archives of The Irish Genealogical Foundation.  Part one contains an introduction to sources looking at birth indexes, National and Local Resource list, and common names in the county. Part two consists the complete returns from the census of 1659 with spelling variations from the time.  Part three contains Coats of Arms and genealogical notes, and part four provides maps and indexes helpful for finding locations.

929.4: Books under this dewey number at the McClelland Library are primarily about names.  Books in this section can contain information about surnames, forenames, and even baby names. While these books may have information in general about your surname, they do not contain lineage information.

The Surnames of Ireland by Edward MacLysaght

Call Number: Geneal. 929.4094 M226s 1991       Publication Date: 1991

Date Range: 1848-1864

Contains location of ancient territories, population groups, relevant abbreviations and explanation of technical terms used in guide.  Pages 1-303 provide alphabetical listing of surnames, followed by an appendix of English and Scottish surnames in Ireland, and an appendix providing a simplification of Gaelic forms of surnames.

929.5: Books under this dewey number at the McClelland Library are primarily about Cemeteries.

A Guide to Irish Churches and Graveyards by Brian Mitchell

Call Number: Geneal. 929.50941 G9415

Publication Date: 1990

Guide to the cemeteries and graveyards listed by county with civil parish, townland, Ordnance Survey sheet number, religious denomination of church, and indication of whether cemetery or graveyard remains attached to church.  There is a number preceding each listing that provides reference to map location in author’s atlas, A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland.  Especially helpful in locating approximate birthdates, person’s residence at time of death, possibly family information (if family plot).

929.6 – 929.8: Books under this dewey number at the McClelland Library are primarily about family Heraldry.  Heraldry includes family crests and tartans.

The Poolbeg Book of Irish Heraldry by Micheal O` Comain

Call Number: Geneal. 929.6 012p Heraldry     Publication Date: 1991

An introduction to Irish heraldry this guide is a good starting point as it contains general guidelines for researching.  Included on pages 71-98 is a Heraldic Dictionary that provides the meanings of a variety of images, heraldic terminology, and variations in spelling of terms and phrases.

Fairbairn’s Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland by James Fairbairn

Call Number: Geneal. 929.6041 F1507f Heraldry      Publication Date: 1986

Contains survey of over 30,000 families, geographical associations, legends and mottos.  Index of family names are arranged alphabetically on pages 1-522, glossary of terms pages 523-530, and alphabetical index of mottoes on pages 531-599.  Also included is an index of plates of Crests, Orders and Regalia, Flags, Ornamental Lettering, Monograms, Heraldic Illustrations, Foreign Crowns, and Principal Cities, and Regalia of Scotland.