County Sligo Genealogy

County Sligo Genealogy

Sligo Ancestry - County Sligo Family History

Irish name: Sligeach

County Sligo 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 Connacht. It was named after the town of Sligo which is the anglization of the Irish Sligeach meaning Place of the Shells. The population of the county is 60,894 according to the 2006 census. Sligo is the 22nd largest of Ireland's 32 counties in area and 25th largest in terms of population. It is the fourth largest of Connacht's 5 counties in size and third largest in terms of population.

The megalithic cemetery of Carrowmore is located in County Sligo. It forms part of a huge complex of Stone Age remains connecting Carrowkeel in South Sligo to the Ox Mountains, to the Cuil Irra Peninsula, where Queen Maeve's tomb dominates the skyline from the crest of Knocknarea Mountain. The poet and Nobel laureate William Butler Yeats (1865–1939) spent much of his childhood in northern Sligo and the county's landscapes (particularly the Isle of Innisfree, in Lough Gill) were the inspiration for much of his poetry. Yeats said, "the place that has really influenced my life most is Sligo." He is buried in North County Sligo, "Under Ben Bulben", in Drumcliffe.

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Civil Parishes of County Sligo

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

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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