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From: "Jan Griffiths" <>
Subject: Re: [NY-TROY-IRISH-GENSOC] NY-TROY-IRISH-GENSOC Digest, Vol 2,Issue 144
Date: Fri, 25 May 2007 16:00:54 -0400
Thanks so much for all the information! I'll have to digest this over
[mailto:] On Behalf Of Pat Connors
Sent: May 25, 2007 11:38 AM
Subject: Re: [NY-TROY-IRISH-GENSOC] NY-TROY-IRISH-GENSOC Digest, Vol 2,Issue
> I'm travelling to Ireland on June 15th for 2 weeks (and then one
> Wales). I have no real idea which County my ancestors came from,
> surname (Guilfoyle) is most common to Offaly and Clare.
> Does anyone have any ideas about how best to use limited time to
> track them? I'll only be in Dublin for 4 days. I believe my
> arrived in 1849 at the Port of New York, aboard the DeWitt-Clinton.
Without, at least, knowing the county your ancestor is from, research
Ireland (Dublin) can be limited. You might want to go to the
Library of Ireland first. Upstairs in the main library, you can find
the Surname Indexes (they are in a small room past the desk on the
right. The books are located on the bottom shelf, on the right side
the bookcase in the middle of the room. The books are by county. I
really love these books. Choose one of the counties, in the
of the book, there is a surname list and shows where in the county
names was located in either the Griffith's Valuation or the tithes.
Once you find a civil parish (arranged by baronies) where your name
mentioned, go to the civil parish page and search for your name. (If
cp is in two baronies, you have to check both.) If in the GV, it
give the number of times it was found in that civil parish in the GV.
However, if in the tithes, it doesn't give the number of times. (I
a section describing this resource on the Tipperary webpage on my
website). BTW, these are all filmed by the Family History Library
those who can't get to Ireland.
Then you might want to go over to the Ireland National Archives.
have a genealogist there who will give you free advice and what to
at there. It is worth a day of checking out their resources.
Now, if you have a county where you think your ancestors are from and
they were Catholic, before going, check out this website:
Click on the county. Then click on all the RC parishes, you will
the dates of the records available and under Reference you will find
NLI film numbers (starting with POS). You can copy all of these
going to save time when you get there.
To get a film to look at, you go to that same room upstairs, and when
you enter the main room, over to the left is another room where the
viewers are. First you go get a viewer, note the number. Then go to
the desk, using a form to order the film (someone will help you fill
them out), then go back to the viewer and they will bring you the
You can view most RC films from Ireland except those from the Cashel
Emly Diocese (most of Co. Tipperary, some of Co. Limerick).
If you have more questions, write me off list, I'll be happy to help
Pat Connors, Sacramento CA
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