Fermanagh Gold Introduction

There are in increasing number of books to aid your research in Ireland. If you have a favourite reference source you would like to recommend to others please notify Jan and the book will added to this list.

The Clogher Record is an invaluable resource for the genealogist and family historian. Their new web site Clogher Historical Society includes a full list of their publications as well as information about the Record, it's own history and objectives.  Fermanagh Gold has been given permission to reproduce many articles from the Clogher Record for the benefit of all researchers seeking ancestors in Fermanagh. Visit their site which is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


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MARCH 2002
A new page with lists of some internet bookshops selling books and CDROMs about Fermanagh HERE

Bill Barber reminds us about Willie Parke's excellent books:

'A Fermanagh Childhood' by William K. Parke, 1988, ISBN 0946872

'Glimpses of old Derrygonnelly' by William K. Parke, unknown date.

'The Parish of Inishmacsaint', by W.K. Parke, 1982.

as well as:

'Parish of Devenish' by Rev. W. B. Steele
'History of Enniskillen', William Copeland Trimble, 1919
'Enniskillen Town and Parish', by William Harloe Dundas

JUNE 2001
George Sheridan's Memories from south-west Ulster "When Turkeys chewed Tobacco". Read about the project HERE

Irish County Guides from PRONI
The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland PRONI in Belfast publishes the County Guide Series in 1998]   The volume for Fermanagh and Armagh, can be purchased from the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland: 66 Balmoral Avenue, Belfast BT9 6NY, Northern Ireland Tel: (01232) 251318 Fax: (01232) 255999

More information about PRONI HERE

John B. Cunningham
Full bibliography can be found on the Fermanagh Millennium Presents site HERE

Ireland: A Genealogical Guide [Betit, Kyle J and Dwight A Radford. Salt Lake City Utah, USA: The Irish At Home and Abroad 1998]. Irish record sources and strategies and how to access Irish records abroad.

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors: The Complete Guide [Grenham, John. Revised ed. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan Ltd, 1999]. Overview of major record sources in Ireland including a section for each county detailing sources and periodicals.

Townlands in Poor Law Unions: A Reprint of Poor Law Union Pamphlets of the General Registrar's Office [Handran, George B Salem, MA: Higginson Book Company, 1997]. A list of Townlands in each Poor Law Union - Superintendent Registrar's District and Registrar's District, 1891. Search the list of townlands in any area to identify the official spelling.

Directory of Irish Archives [Helferty, Seamus and Raymond Refaussé, eds. 3rd ed. Dublin: Irish Academic Press 1999]. Not specifically compiled for the genealogist but a useful resource nevertheless. 

Going to Ireland: A Genealogical Researcher's Guide [Irvine, Sherry and Nora M Hickey. Victoria, BC: Ancestry Ireland, 1997). This guide contains advice about preparing for research with information on researching in Dublin, Belfast and counties.

Tracing Irish Ancestors [Mac Conghail, Máire & Paul Gorry Glasgow: Harper Collins 1997]. Record sources, techniques, church records and 'Trades and Professions'. 

Tracing Your Ancestors in Northern Ireland: A Guide to Ancestry Research in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland [Maxwell, Ian Edinburgh: The Stationery Office 1997] Electoral Records, Crown & Peace Records, Militia & Yeomanry, Ordnance Survey Memoirs, Encumbered Estates, Poor Law Records, Valuation Records, Land Purchase Commission, and Land Registry.

Irish Records: Sources for Family & Local History [Ryan, James G Rev. ed. Salt Lake City UT: Ancestry 1997]. Listings of Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic parish records, and information about Church of Ireland records destroyed in 1922.

Pathways to Ulster's Past: Sources and Resources for Local Studies. Belfast: [The Institute of Irish Studies, The Queen's University of Belfast, 1998. Collins, Peter].  Sources for the genealogist and family historian, especially useful for 16th, 17th and 18th century sources. 

Townlands in Ulster: Local History Studies. Belfast: Ulster Historical Foundation, 1998. [Crawford, W H Crawford & R H Foy, eds.]  local history studies with some extracts and copies of tax, census and estate records.

History Ireland [Hiram Morgan and Tommy Graham, eds.] Quarterly periodical. Contact History Ireland, PO Box 695, Dublin 8, Ireland. Tel: (01) 4535730. Fax: (01) 4533234. email: historyireland@connect.ie  

Irish Towns: A Guide to Sources [Nolan, William and Anngret Simms, eds. Dublin: Geography Publications 1998]. Information about maps, taxation, census and other government records, estate records, church records, newspapers, directories and gazetteers and useful bibliography.

The Fermanagh Story
Linda Foh supplied this information:
Hanna's Bookshop (Dublin) that it is back in print and they have it available for 25 Irish Punts. Airmail to the USA is 7.50 Irish. Hanna's Bookshop is now run by Eason & Son, Ltd and you can contact them at:
http://www.hannas.ie (not available Aug 2005)

Church of Ireland Records
The Representative Church Body Library in Dublin is publishing a series of books extracting the information from some of the earliest surviving Church of Ireland parish registers.

The Anglican Record Project has produced transcripts of the parish registers of various Church of Ireland parishes. Copies of the transcripts are deposited at the Society of Genealogists Library in London and at the Representative Church Body Library in Dublin, Ireland.

Methodism in Ireland
John Cunningham posted this comment to the Fermanagh Mail List: "... author Neville McElderry has plenty of copies of Methodism in the Pettigo Area (Includes Ballyshannon in Donegal and Irvinestown and Belleek areas in Fermanagh also) so you can go ahead and contact him. The book costs about £5. His phone number is 02868631470 and address is "Letter, Kesh, County Fermanagh, N. Ireland."

As a Fermanagh author myself the above is a fine example of what happens to many excellent books. The above is one of 104 pages with an index and lists of ministers, (to 1809) office bearers and church members in the various divisions going back to 1875.

More Books on Methodism in Ireland
Don J Boyle of Brantford Ontario, Canada suggests the following:
1.) History of Methodism in Ireland 1860-1960 by R. Lee Cole, this is in PRONI in Belfast.
2.) "As Sprightly as the Place", a history of Methodism in the Upper Erne Circuit, by Rev. Dudley Livingstone Cooney. This book is in the Enniskillen Library.
3.) Days of Revival, history of Methodism in Ireland , by C. H. Crookshank, a 3 volume set, now republished as a 6 volume set. 1747-1859, it is indexed. The 6 volume set of Days of Revival is available from the following book seller. Read Ireland, website: http://www.readireland.ie

Bill Barber posted the following:
Also, the impact of some Church of Ireland decisions and the arrival of
Methodism on one local family in 1829 is detailed in:
"The Days of Our Fathers", by Nancy Walker Dundas, Brakagh, Springhill, Co. Fermanagh. 

A story of the Dundas family of the Church Hill, Benmore and Derrygonnelly
area from 1699 thru 1840 and how they were evicted from the Benmore Glebe lands by the COI in 1829 when a larger church was needed for the Parish of Inishmacsaint to replace the Church on the Hill. Some family members were moved toward the Methodist movement.

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Ireland and Irish Interest Books at Global Genealogy

William J. Flanagan has provided the following useful list of publications by 
the Genealogical Publishing Co, of Baltimore, Md. More titles can be seen on their homepage HERE

# 1630, Emigrants from Ireland, 1847-1852. State-Aided Emigration Schemes
from Crown Estates in Ireland, 68 pp.
#3510, Emigrants from Ireland to America, 1735-1743, Enforced Emigration.
#3854, Irish Emigration Lists, 1833-1839, Londonderry & Antrim, 3,000 names
#3851, Irish Passenger Lists, 1847-1871. Passengers sailing from
#4250, Irish Settlers in America. 132 articles, 25,000 names. 2 Vols., 1200
#2211; The Famine Immigrants, 1846-1851,7 vol set, ea 45.00.
# 575, Scotch Irish Pioneers in Ulster & America. 398 pp. .
#3853, Genealogical Atlas of Ireland, 123 pp.
#2962, General Alphabetical Index to Townlands,
Parishes, Baronies, Ireland,968 pp.
#3856, Irish Churches & Graveyards, 253 pp,
#3852, Irish Parish Registers, 151 pages.
#4298, Irish Pedigrees by John O'Hart, 2 vols, 900+  pages each vol. cost about $125.00 a set. Pedigrees of Irish, Scotch-Irish, Anglo-Irish, Hugoneuts etc. The first paragraph states: "We have inserted all the genealogies from previous editions as well as from "Irish Landed Gentry when Cromwell came to Ireland". ISBN # set 0-8063-0737-4
#6060, Prerogative Wills of Ireland, 40,000 names indexed, 1536 to 1800.

"The Book of Ulster Surnames" by Robert Bell. Approx 300 pages of family surnames and origin in Europe and Ireland that lived in Ulster.
ISBN paperback 0-85640-405-5

"The Annuals of the Kingdom of Ireland" by The Four Masters. 7 vols, fully indexed, from Adam to 1616AD. Approximate cost $600-$700 a set.

Ulster Libraries, Archives, Museums & Ancestral Heritage Centers by Robert K O'Neill. Printed by Ulster Historical Foundation in 1997, price 7.69 Irish Punts.
ISBN 0-901905-79-8