Irish Family History Society

Connecting People With Their Irish Roots

Tracing your Sligo Ancestors

Paperback, 160 pp Price €13 
ISBN 978 1 907990 04 5
By James G. Ryan. Published by Flyleaf Press Dublin
The Foreword tells us how Sligo is a maritime county in the Province of Connacht and that in the 19 th century, the capital Sligo (population 20,000), was the principal emmigration port during the mass exodus that occurred from the north-west of Ireland.
As with previous books in this series, the author takes us through the various records available in a clear and easy to follow format. The book covers all the main headings needed to develop your research in the county including: Administrative Divisions and Maps, Censuses and Census Substitutes, Church Records, Land and Estate Records and Gravestone inscriptions.
Under Censuses and Census Substitutes a extensive listing of sources is available including many available in the Sligo Library such as: 1795, 57 names if residents of Leyney attending a meeting to condemm the Defenders, illicit distilling etc. and 1829 a notice listing 90 names of householders in Sligo Town requested to convene to consider a local issue.
Also included is a chapter on further reading and miscellaneous sources. A very useful index is also provided.
Review by Mary Beglan, Hon. Editor

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