The Longford Diaspora The Longford Diaspora
Thousands of people throughout the globe proudly claim a strong connection to County Longford. Our diaspora carry the traditions and heritage of their county with pride wherever they go in the world. We want to connect with all those who claim Longford heritage and share their stories, bring them together and harness that wonderful energy that Longford people have about their roots in the Irish midlands.
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Town Twinning is another important feature of the international Longford Network. Currently, Longford is twinned with three locations spanning the globe:
Noyal Chatillon Sur Seiche in Brittany, France, Huixquilucan, Mexico and Sparks, Nevada, USA. Longford Associations
In New York, we have The County Longford Association of Greater New York, which was established in 1891 to assist Longford people in need. Today the association assists newly arrived immigrants and offers scholarships to the children and grandchildren of its members. You can check out their website
. In London, Longford men and women have been gathering together since 1955 to provide social, cultural and welfare activities to the members of here The Longford Association in London.
Meanwhile in Manchester, The Longford Association has formed a community aimed at keeping members in touch with social, cultural and welfare activities. You can follow them on
Closer to home, we have the Longford Association Dublin. You can follow their regular activities at their website
Longford Association Dublin.
If you are a member of a Longford Association and you would like us to publish your upcoming event, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you! Genealogy / Ancestry Reseach Longford
Many of the visitors who come to County Longford from abroad are in search of information on their ancestors and are quite often of Farrell descent. Other family names associated with the area are Sheridan, Murphy, Rathigan, O’Neill and Kane. Their ancestors would usually have left Ireland during the famine years but also right up to and during the early 1900s’. The Longford diaspora have a wide reach, with communities in Britain, USA, Canada, Argentina, Mexico and even further afield in some cases.
Before beginning your research, it is essential that you collect as much information as possible. It is particularly important to try to establish the place (townland or parish) of origin of your ancestors. The key sources for genealogical research are the church and civil records. The original records of Catholic parishes are still held by the local clergy. Those of Church of Ireland parishes are held locally or else are in the Representative Church Library, Churchtown, Dublin. For information on the Presbyterian and Methodist congregations, you are advised to contact the clergy in both cases.
Important online sources , 1823-35 contain the names of landholders who paid tax to the Church of Ireland. The tithe applotment books (published in 1854 for Longford) contains the names of all occupiers of property and has very brief details of each holding. Griffith’s Valuation
The 1901 and 1911
(the first complete censuses surviving for Longford). census records
There is a wide range of sources for Longford history and genealogy available from Longford Library Heritage and Archives, Town Centre, Longford.
Tel: +353 43 3341124, Email: email@example.com. Web: www.longfordlibrary.ie
The Longford Genealogical Centre, 17 Dublin Street, Longford has most church records in database format. The Centre is no longer open to the public but you can submit a query by post or email. There are charges which are available on application.
The Office of the Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths, Health Centre, Dublin Road, Longford holds state (civil) records of births, marriages and deaths from 1864. Please note it is a working office and does not have a research facility. You are advised to contact it to discuss your enquiry prior to visiting.
Tel: +353 43 3332226 is a friendly, professional and confidential Irish genealogy service for those wish to explore the story of their Irish ancestors. The business is operated by Eilish Feeley, a professional genealogist with over twenty years experience in family history research, local history and heritage specifically in relation to counties Irish Clann Connections Longford, Roscommon and Westmeath.