Flyleaf Press have published ‘Tracing your Leitrim Ancestors’ by Tom Coughlan. It is a comprehensive guide to research on the families of county Leitrim, Ireland. It sets out the records available, where they can be accessed both on-line and in archives, and how the available records can be used to best effect in genealogical or family history research. It is fully indexed, richly illustrated with examples of the records available, and contains links to a wide range of on-line resources. It can by purchased from here.
Tom Coughlan is a professional genealogist with a Diploma in Genealogy and Family History from University College Dublin and significant experience in conducting family history research for international clients. Although he has conducted research in almost every Irish county, his primary interest is Co. Leitrim where his own family roots lie, and where he now lives. In addition to research, Tom has presented genealogy courses and lectures; published articles on family history; and is a member of the expert team which provides genealogy advice to visitors to the National Library of Ireland. He is also engaged in a long-term, wide-ranging study of aspects of Leitrim’s genealogical story.
Leitrim is one of the smaller Irish counties. In 1791 it was estimated to contain only 10,026 homes. In 1841 it had 155,000 residents, but this had dropped to 112,000 by 1851. The Great Famine and resulting economic depression caused huge emigration from the county which continued up until recent times. The current population is 32,000 but growing. Leitrim families are mainly Gaelic in origin and include O’Rourke, McClancy, O’Meehan, McRannal (often anglicised as Reynolds), McMorrow, Flynn, McLoughlin, Kelly, Gallagher, McKiernan, Rooney, Moran, McGowan and McSharry.