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Famous as a home to the Vikings when they invaded Ireland and one of the biggest battles of the 1798 Rebellion, County Wexford is steeped in Irish culture and heritage. If your family hail from the ‘Sunny South East’, here’s some useful facts you may not have known:

1. Irish surnames commonly associated with County Wexford include Dempsey, Keogh, Sinnott and Fanning.

2. There are 5 civil registration districts that lie within Wexford’s county boundaries – Enniscorthy, Gorey, New Ross, Shillelagh and Wexford. This information is vital when you’re tracing your family’s births, marriages and deaths.

3. In the 19th century, several industries thrived in County Wexford including whiskey malting and large scale farming. Did your ancestors practice these professions?

4. You can discover where in Wexford your family lived and worked with early Irish street and trade directories like Bassett’s Wexford County Guide and Directory (1885).

5. Have you ever thought of using historical newspapers to trace your Wexford family history? You’ll find a great range on Findmypast including Wexford Conservative and Wexford Independent.

In fact, you’ll find over 1.8 million Wexford records on Findmypast, so start exploring today and bring your past to life.

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