Discover your family history by tracing genealogy to County Longford
Mel Gibson, Warwick Davis and Will Ferrell are just some Hollywood stars with roots in Longford. Lots of interesting people are from here so discover your past by tracing genealogy to County Longford.
Every year Longford receives massive visitor numbers from people researching their ancestory. With a colourful history of emigration from Longford during the famine times and up into the 1900’s, it’s no surprise that so many retrace their roots here. The Longford diaspora is far in reach, with popular names such as Farrell, Sheridan, Murphy, Rathigan, O’Neill and Kane.
There’s many online resources dedicated to helping people discover their family history. These online tools are useful for anyone learning how to explore their past, such as irishgenealogy.ie and the 1901 and 1911 census records are available online.
It’s important to gather as much information and once researchers have pinpointed Longford as the county of their families origin, there’s some great resources locally to further narrow the search. The Longford Tourism office is a brilliant first point of contact as they can point you in the direction of the genealogy office and the library.
The Longford Library is a wealth of information with archives and genealogy information. The Longford Genealogical Centre holds specific information on church records and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org while the Office of the Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths is located in the Health Centre and can be contacted on 00353- (0)43-3332226.
Researching your family history is exciting and thankfully there’s loads of help out there to get you on your way. Make sure to book into our self-catering apartments facing the famous St Mel’s Cathedral (Mel Gibson’s namesake!!). We are a short walk to the tourism and genealogy offices and library. What’s more, if the search takes you out of County Longford, we’re only a two minute walk from the bus and rail station and centrally located to drive to most destinations in Ireland in two to three hours. Phone us +353 43 333 6450. Good luck with the search!