Heather, Peat & Stone - The townlands and parishes of County Tyrone
Anyone who has ever searched for their Ulster roots will appreciate the value of
knowing something about the many territorial divisions, place-names and spellings
they will encounter. Being able to navigate this maze of locations and names in
search of ancestral connections is an important first step on any genealogical voyage.
Sometimes, the name of a village or town-land is the only clue as to where an
ancestor might have originated. If we can identify the place and link it to a parish, we
are on the way to discovering which church or civil records might reveal more
information about our past.
In 1992, Irish World, one of Ireland's leading family research companies, published
'Heather, Peat and Stone', a definitive guide to the town-lands and parishes of County
Tyrone. This A4 size book has over 160 page and contains clear maps of every civil
parish and Catholic parish in the county, with the town-lands numbered and named on
each one. It was the first time that both types of maps had been available in the same
format, and the book proved very popular with people of Tyrone origin worldwide.
The original print-run soon sold out and in response to repeated requests, it was felt
the time was right for re-publication - this time as an e-book.
'Heather, Peat and Stone' also seeks to convey a sense of the wider culture of Tyrone,
so there are sections on folklore, history and topography, together with extracts from
writings about the county. Tyrone has been well served by its fine writers and poets,
and the publishers have sought to bring their voices into the mix so that the reader will
encounter a range of the flavours associated with this historic county.