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Researching Ancestors in Co.Armagh

Researching Ancestors in Co.Armagh
  

Armagh the smallest county in Northern Ireland, has a rich, colourful and even tempestuous history. War, famine and emigration over the last four centuries have all contributed to forming the distinctive character of its people. The constant struggle between Planter and Gael that... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780901905895
Published 1 June 2000 by Ulster Historical Foundation
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, illustrated edition
Author(s) By Maxwell, Dr. Ian
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ISBN-13 9780901905895
ISBN-10 0901905895
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Status Internationally sourced (on backorder); allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Ulster Historical Foundation
Imprint Ulster Historical Foundation
Publication Date 1 June 2000
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, illustrated edition
Edition illustrated edition
Author(s) By Maxwell, Dr. Ian
Category Encyclopaedias & Reference Works
Genealogy, Heraldry, Names And Honours
Number of Pages 192
Dimensions Width: 229mm
Height: 152mm
Spine: 10mm
Weight 290g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Genealogy, Northern Ireland, Armagh (Northern Ireland: County)
NBS Text Local History, Names & Genealogy
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 929.107204166
Catalogue Code Not specified

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Armagh the smallest county in Northern Ireland, has a rich, colourful and even tempestuous history. War, famine and emigration over the last four centuries have all contributed to forming the distinctive character of its people. The constant struggle between Planter and Gael that has characterised the county since the Plantation in the early 17th century may be seen in, for example, the almost equal division of the most popular surnames. The county town, the city of Armagh, is the ecclesiastical capital of both the Catholic and Protestant religions on the island. By the end of the 18th century the county became one of the most prosperous and the most densely populated in Ireland. Its turbulent history has taken its toll on the evidence that remains. Many records were lost, including those in the destruction of the Public Record Office in Dublin in 1922; much has, however, survived to aid the dedicated family or local historian and is accessible in the detailed catalogues and user-friendly searching aids in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Ian Maxwell writes both as an historian and an archivist eager to encourage researchers to use the fullest range of sources available. An exceptional feature of this book are the reference appendices. These include a breakdown of administrative divisions listing some 1,400 townlands and also unofficial placenames which disappeared from official use after the standardisation of placenames in the 1830s. Also provided for each townland are the civil parish, barony and poor law union plus the vital district electoral division details that greatly facilitates the researcher using sources such as census returns and property valuation records. Other appendices provide crucial archival references to tithe and valuation records and civil and Catholic parish maps are included. Such reference appendices will be a feature of further books in this series of county guides for the family and local historian.

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