Fermanagh Genealogy

Fermanagh is in the South West of the Province of Ulster. It’s most western point is just four miles from the Atlantic Ocean. At it’s Eastern side it runs into the Clogher Valley in Co. Tyrone, which leads both to the former heart of Gaelic Ulster and was also an important area for communication and settlement for those who came from Britain in the seventeenth century and after.

The County was formed in the late sixteenth century from “Maguire’s country’, the area over which that family had established it’s superiority during the previous four centuries.

The people of Fermanagh have over 2000 surnames and all of them have stories to be told. Each individual may be identified by only one name.

Top 10 surnames in the County are:

MAGUIRE
JOHNSTON
ARMSTRONG
McMANUS
ELLIOTT
McCAFFREY
REILLY
WILSON
MURPHY
GRAHAM
839
596
425
396
361
334
329
261
244
243

At Willowbank we do not undertake to carryout any genealogy research but we are well placed and centrally located in the county to advise and suggest points of contact.

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