My name is Joe Buggy and welcome to Townland of Origin. The primary focus of this blog is Irish genealogical research in North America. The temptation is strong to start researching in Ireland when you know, or find out, that you have Irish ancestry. But the clues to where your ancestors are from in Ireland can often be found in the U.S. or Canada. By highlighting interesting records and resources, it is hoped that the posts will assist you in the hunt for your ancestor's townland of origin in Ireland.
So, what exactly is a townland?
It is the smallest administrative unit/geographical division of land in Ireland. They are smaller than the civil/religious parishes and there are over 61,000. The main aim of almost everyone tracing their ancestors back to Ireland is to find what townland they left when they emigrated.
I previously worked for 5 years as a genealogist in New York City and Washington, DC. I moved back to Ireland in 2015 and now work in Dublin for AncestryProGenealogists, the in-house research team of Ancestry.com.
In case you are wondering, yes that is my real name and yes it is Irish. It's an anglicized version of Ó Bogaig(h). It's a rare name and there are not that many of us. We can nearly all trace our ancestors back to Kilkenny and Laois. I bet all you Murphys, Ryans and Kellys wish you had my name!
If you are curious about the vividly green map that forms the masthead of the blog, it comes for the 1872 publication The Statistics of the Population of the United States, Compiled from the Original Returns of the Ninth Census. It was created by Julius Bien.
Lastly, please be courteous: I put a lot of time and effort into researching post for this blog and do not get compensated for this research. DO NOT pass off my work as your own. Please do link to blog posts and use my work in your research, but only with a full citation that attributes me as the source of the information you use. Plagiarism is not cool! Thank you.
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