During the Great Famine of 1845-50 in Ireland, Fermanagh lost between the Census of 1841 and 1851 around 40,000 people or about a quarter of its population through death, migration or emigration.
There had been emigration before this time but the famine unleashed a flood of migrants and their descendants today populate, England, Scotland, Wales, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to name some of the principal destinations.
Fermanagh’s population continued to drop and at c.55,000 is now one third of what it was. Today, many enthused through the Internet and Family History Societies now like to come to Fermanagh in search of their Roots. There are many examples of illustrious Fermanagh descendants around the world such as Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon and John White, Surgeon General of the First Fleet to Australia but famous or otherwise much can be found out about your Fermanagh ancestors.
Fermanagh County Library Irish & Local Studies Department, Enniskillen Library
Here you can browse local history publications which often contain graveyard inscriptions, school roll books going back to c 1870, some church records and details of what life in Fermanagh was like before your ancestors left. Ordnance Survey maps can also be seen here as well as microfilm of local newspapers going back to the early 1800s which can be an important source especially if you have knowledge of significant dates. As signed up members of Fermanagh Library (Free) you can search Ancestry.com one of the largest on line database in the World as well as local databases. The staff are helpful and knowledgeable having dealt with thousands of queries through the years. If they don’t know the answer they probably know of someone who can provide the answer.
T: +44(0)28 6632 2886
Genealogists & Tour Guides
Connect With Your Past (CWYP) E: firstname.lastname@example.org or send a text/sms to +44 (0) 777 240 2844
CWYP is a family history research company run by Frank McHugh, who is based in West Fermanagh. Frank is a professional genealogist and he has completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Genealogical, Heraldic and Palaeographic Studies at the University of Strathclyde. CWYP conduct family history research and tours, with expertise in Fermanagh, Armagh, Cavan, Tyrone, Leitrim and Monaghan.
Erne Heritage Tour Guides E: email@example.com or T: +44 (0) 28 68 658327 or +44 (0) 7855 325 693
Genealogists & Tour Guides for all needs for all types of tours in Fermanagh or Ireland. Most of our guides are qualified Blue Badge or Irish National Tour Guides. Operating for over 15 years. See our Fermanagh books at the www.erneheritagetours.com online bookshop. Payment by Paypal. Contact John B. Cunningham, Erne Heritage Tours for further details.
Frank Roofe E: firstname.lastname@example.org or T: +44 (0) 28 6632 5426 M: +44 (0) 7841 087 657
Frank Roofe is a Genealogist, based in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh with over 30 years experience undertakes all types of family research. It is advisable for you to contact Frank prior to your arrival in Fermanagh as he may well be able to locate your ancestral home place and even some family. Tours of all ancestral home places located and identified in Fermanagh a speciality.
Enniskillen Town Hall
Houses the District Registrar’s office for births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships for Fermanagh. Searches can be carried out for births, deaths and marriages from the mid 1800’s. Contact: Fermanagh & Omagh District Council T: 0300 303 1777
Fermanagh Genealogy Centre
Fermanagh Genealogy are a charitable organisation run by volunteers, who assist visitors to find their family history connections in Fermanagh by providing a free 30-minute face-to-face consultation meeting. As part of the genealogy service they outline the records available and possible avenues of research. It is recommended that visitors make a booking. The Genealogy Centre is open for appointments on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 14:00 to 17:00.
Appointments can be made for the consultation service on the Enniskillen Castle Museum’s website on www.enniskillencastle.co.uk/explore-more/fermanagh-genealogy-centre or by phoning Enniskillen Castle Visitor Information Centre. Fermanagh Genealogy also organise monthly talks in Enniskillen Library and publish an annual journal. Further information is available by emailing the Secretary on email@example.com. Information can also be found on the Fermanagh Genealogy website, www.fermanaghgenealogy.org and on their facebook page, www.facebook.com/fermanaghgc.