Fun facts about the Northern Irish county 'Tír Eoghain' or Tyrone

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Historically the stronghold of the famous O’Neill clans, once the most powerful family in Ulster, County Tyrone derived from the ancient principality of Tír Eoghain which included all of modern day Tyrone, Derry-Londonderry and parts of Donegal. Tyrone ancestors? Here’s some facts you might find interesting.

1. During the 19th century, notable industries in County Tyrone included coal-mining and linen manufacturing, so chances are your family may have been involved in these professions.

2. You’ll find over 1.6 million Tyrone-related family history records on Findmypast. With the largest collection of Irish records online, it’s the perfect place to start tracing your ancestors.

3. When trying to find your Tyrone ancestors’ birth, marriage and death records, you’ll need to know the civil registration districts that lie within the county boundaries. There are 10 – Armagh, Castlederg, Clogher, Cookstown, Dungannon, Enniskillen, Gortin, Irvinestown, Omagh and Strabane.

4. Unsurprisingly, the surname O’Neill is strongly associated with County Tyrone. You’ll also find plenty of Crawfords, Fergusons, Stewarts and Wilsons there.

5. Former US presidents Ulysses S Grant and Woodrow Wilson can both trace their Irish American roots back to County Tyrone.

Whether your family hail from Castlederg, Cookstown or anywhere in between, there’s never been a better time to start discovering your ancestors’ amazing life stories.

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