County Fermanagh Genealogy

County Fermanagh Genealogy

Fermanagh Ancestry COUNTY FERMANAGH FAMILY HISTORY

Irish name: Fear Manach

County Fermanagh (from Irish: Fear Manach meaning "men of Manach") is one of six counties that form Northern Ireland, situated in the north of the island of Ireland. The only county in Northern Ireland not adjoining Lough Neagh, the county covers an area of 1,691 km², with a population of approximately 57,527, with Enniskillen its county town. Lying within the historical province of Ulster, it is also one of the thirty-two counties of Ireland.

As Fermanagh is situated mostly in the basin of the River Erne, it is often referred to as Ireland's Lake District, together with neighbouring County Cavan. The county is approximately 120 km (75 mi) from Belfast and 160 km (99 mi) from Dublin.

The county borders County Tyrone to the north-east, County Monaghan to the south-east, County Cavan to the south-west, County Leitrim to the west and County Donegal to the north-west.

Fermanagh was made into a county by statute of Elizabeth I, but it was not until the time of the Plantation of Ulster that it was finally brought under civil government.

Fermanagh was a stronghold of the Maguire clan and Donn Carrach Maguire (died 1302) was the first of the chiefs of the Maguire dynasty. However on the confiscation of lands relating to Hugh Maguire, Fermanagh was divided in similar manner to the other five escheated counties among Scottish and English undertakers and native Irish. The baronies of Knockinny and Maghenaboy were allotted to Scottish undertakers, those of Clankelly, Magherastephana and Lurg to English undertakers and those of Clanawley, Coole, and Tyrkennedy, to servitors and natives. The chief families to benefit under the new settlement were the families of Cole, Blennerhasset, Butler, Hume, and Dunbar.

It is one of four counties of Northern Ireland presently to have a majority of the population from a Catholic background, according to the 2001 census.

The Annals of Ulster were written at Belle Isle on Lough Erne.

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

1. Enniskillen 2. Drumawill. 3. Belcoo 4. Lisbellow 5. Lisnaskea 6. Kesh. 7. Ederney 8. Ballinamallard 9. Irvinestown 10. Brookeborough

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Civil Parishes of County Fermanagh

If you are researching Fermanagh ancestors, there are 22 civil parishes in County Fermanagh and the church registries can be researched in either the Public Records of Northern Ireland in Belfast or the National Library in Dublin.. They are as follows;

1 Aghalurcher 2 Aghavea 3 Belleek 4 Boho 5 Clones 6 Cleenish 7 Derrybrusk 8 Derryvullan 9 Devenish 10 Drumkeeran 11 Drummully 12 Enniskillen 13 Galloon 14 Inishmacsaint 15 Killesher 16 Kinawley 17 Magheracross 18 Magheraculmoney 19 Rossorry 20 Templecarn 21 Tomregan 22 Trory

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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