County Monaghan Genealogy

Location: Belfast, Co. Antrim, United Kingdom

I was educated in Dublin, was a National School-Teacher in Monaghan, teaching through the medium of Irish, played Rugby for Dungannon, joined the Royal Air Force where I was responsible, as part of a Team, for introducing Automatic Data Processing (via Computers) in 1964 -66 Played Rugby for Bedford, Scunthorpe, Hull & later Dungannon again. Set up SEC a Weighing / Labelling Solutions Company in 1970. Now semi-retired I spend lots of time on Family History, specialising in North Monaghan Genealogy.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

North Monaghan Family History Search

North Monaghan is a Border Region which had divided loyalties for many years. With the European Open Borders it now prospers and can choose its Markets either in Northern Ireland or the Irish Republic.
Family History is similar and many small Protestant Communities have almost disappared. However, it is important to preserve the Records of such communities and make te world aware of their contributions to Society. Missing from this are the famous Protestant families who contributed to the World's Society.
The Lipton family of Clones, the hymns of Henry Francis Lyte of Tyholland, the grave of Oscar Wilde's two half-sisters at Drumsnat & the many other famous Protestant families are largely ignored . There are many Exiles from Monaghan who would return to visit if they knew of local Support to visit interesting sites or see the homeplaces of so many famous Monaghan people.
The closure of many Churches means that these buildings may degenerate quickly or be vandalised. Much of the history of local areas is to be found in Churches, on the tablets erected to famous people who attended that church.
To assist Exiles from Monaghan it is necessary to preserve the Church Records of their Ancestors so if you have difficulty in accessing your Family History, please feel free to contact me at Several CDs of the North Monaghan Church Records are already available. Also available are Listings of Monaghan people involved in the 1641 Rebellion, the 1798 Rebellion & many other events which affected their lives.
We have collected some very informative essays describing some of Monaghan's villages & the people who left their marks there. Recent essays - Ballinode - my village, & Glaslough the village I knew - have been well-received by Monaghan Exiles.