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Researching Armagh Ancestors (County Guides for the Family and Local Historian) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Ian Maxwell

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1 Nov 2000 County Guides for the Family and Local Historian (Book 1)
Armagh the smallest county in Northern Ireland, has a rich, colourful and even tempestuous history. War, famine and emigration over the last four centuries have all contributed to forming the distinctive character of its people. The constant struggle between Planter and Gael that has characterised the county since the Plantation in the early 17th century may be seen in, for example, the almost equal division of the most popular surnames. The county town, the city of Armagh, is the ecclesiastical capital of both the Catholic and Protestant religions on the island. By the end of the 18th century the county became one of the most prosperous and the most densely populated in Ireland. Its turbulent history has taken its toll on the evidence that remains. Many records were lost, including those in the destruction of the Public Record Office in Dublin in 1922; much has, however, survived to aid the dedicated family or local historian and is accessible in the detailed catalogues and user-friendly searching aids in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Ian Maxwell writes both as an historian and an archivist eager to encourage researchers to use the fullest range of sources available. An exceptional feature of this book are the reference appendices. These include a breakdown of administrative divisions listing some 1,400 townlands and also unofficial placenames which disappeared from official use after the standardisation of placenames in the 1830s. Also provided for each townland are the civil parish, barony and poor law union plus the vital district electoral division details that greatly facilitates the researcher using sources such as census returns and property valuation records. Other appendices provide crucial archival references to tithe and valuation records and civil and Catholic parish maps are included. Such reference appendices will be a feature of further books in this series of county guides for the family and local historian.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ulster Historical Foundation; illustrated edition edition (1 Nov 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0901905895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0901905895
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 22.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 950,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Approaching the history of Ireland from the local level 1 May 2013
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Most of my ancestors come from Ulster and many from Co Armagh. There are peculiarities about this county, smallest in NI, that will surprise and puzzle a novice researcher. For example the number of versions possible for family names and spellings; my own relatives went at varying times by Grimly, Gormley, and Grimes, and the original Irish (i.e. Gaelic) source name allows all these plus Grimley, Gormely, Girmly, and even Bloomer! (This is true anywhere in Ireland, but especially in Armagh.) Then there is the question of changes in the names of townlands, an essential piece of information for good genealogical research across Ireland. I found historical information on these topics and dozens more in Mr. Maxwell's book along with many new sources for future research. My conclusion is, to put it simply, that sound research about Armagh is impossible without this book. And even general readers will find the chapters about the history and culture of the county well worth the purchase price.
5.0 out of 5 stars Researching Armagh Ancestors 24 July 2012
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A book full of infornation on places to look and agencies to contact. It looks very useful! My Scotch-Irish ancestors wound up in Armagh. This book refers to rent lists which are very helpful.
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