Tracing Your Sligo Ancestors
Tracing Your Sligo Ancestors
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Tracing your Sligo Ancestors - Second Edition; by James G. Ryan; 160 pp; Paperback; Published: 2019; ISBN: 9781907990359; Item # FLP018-2

This is an updated 2019 Second Edition. Originally printed in 2012.

Sligo is a maritime county in the Northwest of Ireland, perhaps most famous for its scenery and as the home of the poet W.B. Yeats. Sligo families are a mixture of native Gaelic families, and of some Cromwellian settlers who arrived in the 17th century. The county is nestled between Mayo and Leitrim. Common names include:

  • Scanlon
  • O'Healy
  • Brennan
  • Gallagher
  • O'Hara
  • O’Gara
  • O'Dowd
  • Kelly
  • Burke
  • Boland
  • McDonnell
  • McDonagh
  • Conlon
  • Breheny
  • Kelly
  • Feeney
  • Gallagher
  • Gilmartin
  • McGowan
  • (O)'Hart
  • Higgins
  • Connor/ O'Connor
  • McDonagh
  • Walsh
  • Egan
  • (O)'Crean

The main ‘gentry’ families in the county are:

  • Cooper
  • Crofton
  • Gore
  • Nicholson
  • Ormsby
  • Parke
  • Phibbs
  • Irwin
  • Wood

It is one of the counties which experienced a high level of emigration to North America and elsewhere, and the port of Sligo was a major port of embarkation during the mass exodus of the famine period. Sligo's population was over 180,000 prior to the great famine of the 18402. It has again grown over the decades and is now 65,000. This book sets out the records available for Sligo, where they can be accessed, and how they can be used to best effect in tracing Sligo families.

"Tracing Your Sligo Ancestors" Book Review


Tracing Your Sligo Ancestors has a foreword by the Sligo Heritage and Genealogy Society, a sure stamp of approval. ... The layout of the books is extremely straightforward with easy to follow examples. With the text helping you through the most relevant material and archives, some unique to the county being studied, these guides will be useful to anyone interested in finding out more about their own family or indeed any history project requiring primary source research. - Dublin Duchess Blog

Two excellent additions to the county-based research guides produced by Flyleaf Press were published recently. These county guides provide a level of detailed information on the resources for each county that is difficult to find elsewhere and therefore, they are highly recommended for those with ancestral links to the counties covered by the series. Indeed, for those wishing to research the lives and times of their ancestors to provide that much cherished ‘family history narrative’ this county based guides are an invaluable resource. The latest in the series are: ‘Tracing your Sligo Ancestors’ by James G. Ryan and … ‘Tracing your Westmeath Ancestors’ by Gretta Connell - Ireland's Genealogical Gazette

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