Tracing Your Waterford Roots

Chief Surnames of Co Waterford

Power, Walsh, O'Brien, Murphy, Ryan, McGrath, Foley, Flynn, Morrissey, Kelly, Phelan and Sullivan.

Famous People with Waterford Roots

Among the many famous sons of Waterford was Thomas Francis Meagher (1823 -1827), an Irish nationalist who formerly proposed the green, white and orange as the national flag of Ireland. He was arrested following the abortive Fenian Rising of 1848 and transported to Van Diemen's Land, escaping to America in 1852 where he was appointed tempory governor of Montana.

Main Towns

Waterford, Dungarvan, Lismore, Cappoquin, Clonmel and Carrick-on-Suir.

Famous Places

Waterford City is the home of the internationally renouned Waterford Crystal Factory. Ardmore Round Tower also attracts visitors from around the world.

Emigration from Waterford

Waterford has a long history of emigration for example, in the 1650s emigrants from Waterford settled in Newfoundland.

Larger numbers emigrated to Canada in the period 1800 to 1850. Emigration increased dramatically at the time of the Great Famine with most emigrants leaving for America and England.

For further details on tracing one's ancestry in County Waterford write to:
Waterford Heritage Centre
St Patrick's Church
Jenkin's Lane
Waterford City

Tel: + + 353 (0) 51 76123
Fax: + + 353 (0) 51 50645