Genealogy Centres in Meath
Meath Family Research Centre
Popular Surnames of County Meath
Reilly, Smith, Lynch, Brady, Farrell, Farrelly, Kelly, Brien, Daly and Maguire.
The Meath Heritage Centre offers a record search service for those whose ancestors came from Co. Meath - Ireland's 'Royal' county.
The main records include:
- Roman Catholic records, the earliest of which date from 1759
- Church of Ireland (Anglican/Episcopalian) records date from 1698
- Presbyterian records date from 1873
- The earliest Census returns date from 1821
Over 400,000 records have now been computerised at this Centre and the computerisation work is ongoing.
The Duke of Wellington, who defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo, was a Meath man as was the famous writer Dean Jonathan Swift, and Saint Oliver Plunkett.
Main Towns and Places of Interest
Navan, Trim, Kells, Slane and Dunshaughlin are the chief towns in County Meath. Co Meath is rich in archaeological sites. The Hill of Tara, once the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, and the ancient burial chamber at Newgrange are world famous. The pretty town of Kells is world renowned through its connection with the Book of Kells. The famous Battle of the Boyne, in which King William of Orange defeated his father-in-law King James II, was fought in Co. Meath.