Genealogy Centres in Leitrim
Leitrim Genealogy Centre
Some Common County Leitrim Surnames
The chief surnames found in Co. Leitrim include Reynolds, McGowan, Rooney, Flynn, Kelly, Gallagher, Moran, Dolan, McLoughlin and McMorrow.
The Leitrim Genealogy Centre offers a Full Service to enquirers and has access to church, civil, land and census returns for that county. The centre is one of the longest established Irish Family History Foundation Centres.
The main records include:
- Roman Catholic records, the earliest of which date from 1823
- Church of Ireland records date from 1783
- The earliest surviving Presbyterian records date from 1829
Records, up to 1900, have been computerised at the Leitrim Genealogy Centre.
The Leitrim Genealogy Centre also holds copies of:
- The 1901 census
- Newspaper indexes
- Civil records
- Gravestone inscriptions
Some People with Leitrim Ancestry
Ancestors of Australian Prime Ministers Stanley Melbourne Bruce and Francis Forde hailed from Co. Leitrim as did John Harte, Premier of British Colombia, and Robert Strawbridge - the man who brought Methodism to the U.S.A.
The chief towns of the county include Carrick-on-Shannon, Ballinamore, Mohill, Drumshanbo and Manorhamilton.
Emigration From County Leitrim
Emigration from Co. Leitrim has been principally to America, chiefly to the east coast of the US, but some Leitrim emigrants ventured as far west as Oregon. The Great Famine of 1845 - 1850, had a devastating effect on Leitrim and the county's population has been on the decline ever since. The Leitrim Genealogy Centre houses a retail outlet which sells local history and genealogy publications.