County Cavan Genealogy

County Cavan Genealogy

Irish name: An Cabhán

County Cavan is one of the twenty-six counties of the Republic of Ireland and one of the thirty-two counties of Ireland. It is located in the province of Ulster. The county is often referred to as the Breffni County. It was named after the town of Cavan (Irish: an Cabhán). It is one of three counties situated in the province of Ulster that is not part of Northern Ireland. The county is bordered by County Monaghan, County Leitrim, County Longford, County Meath, County Westmeath and County Fermanagh. The population of the county is 63,961 according to the 2006 census. Cavan is the 19th largest of Ireland's 32 counties in area and 26th largest in terms of population. It is the sixth largest of Ulster's 9 counties in size and seventh largest in terms of population.
In medieval times, Cavan was known as East Brefnie, or Brefnie O'Reilly after its ruling Gaelic family since it was a major part of the 11th century Irish Kingdom of Breifne. A high degree of defence was achieved by using the natural landscape of sharp hills and loughs. This, and poorly drained soils contributed to the obstacle against invasion.
Historically, Cavan was part of the western province of Connaught, but it officially became a part of Ulster in 1584 when Brefnie was shired and became the county of Cavan. In the south, the Lough Sheelin area was part of Leinster until the late 14th century.
Cavan was hard hit by the Great Famine in the mid-19th century. In the winter of 1847, the local landlord in Mountnugent parish decided to evict over 200 people. The famous ballad "By Lough Sheelin Side" is based on this event witnessed by the local Catholic priest.

Some towns and villages of county Cavan where we have researched Cavan Ancestors are;

1. Cavan town 2. Arvagh. 3. Ballinagh. 4. Bawnboy 5. Belturbet 6. Killeshandra. 7. Finnea 8. Cootehill 9. Kilnaleck 10. Blacklion 11. Ballyjamesduff 12. Killykeen 13. Kingscourt

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Catholic Parishes of County Cavan

What follows is a listing of copies of Roman Catholic parish registers fo county Antrim that can be researched in either the Public Records of Northern Ireland in Belfast or the National Library in Dublin. If you are researching county Cavan ancestors, there are 34 RC parishes in County Cavan. They are as follows;

B=Baptisms M=Marriages Bl=Burials

1. Drumlumman North 2. Drumlumman South 3. Scrabby 4. Carnaross 5. Kilbride 6. Kingscourt 7. Annagh 8. Ballintemple 9. Castlerahan 10. Castleterra 11. Corlough 12. Crosserlough 13. Denn 14. Drumgoon (Cootehill) 15. Drumlane (Staghall) 16. Drung 17. Drumreilly. 18. Glangevlin 19. Kildallon 20.Killan 21. Killeshandra 22.Killinagh 23. Killinkere 24. Killiemainhamwood & Moybologue 25. Kilmore 26 Kilawley 27. Knockbride 28. Kilsherdony 29. Laragh 30. Lavey 31. Lurgan (Virginia) 32. Mullagh 33. Templeport 34. Urney & Annegeliff.

Click HERE or on the map to see full image of Catholic Parishes in county Cavan


 

 

 

Genealogy Sources for each Irish County

Antrim Armagh Carlow Cavan
Clare Cork Derry (Londonderry) Donegal
Down Dublin Fermanagh Galway
Kerry Kildare Kilkenny Laois
Leitrim Limerick Longford Louth
Mayo Meath Monaghan Offaly
Roscommon Sligo Tipperary Tyrone
Waterford Westmeath Wexford Wicklow

Major Sources of Irish Ancestry

Church Records Land Records Directories
Registry of Deeds Wills Emigration Records
Newspapers

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