Helping hands helping one another with our family history & genealogy research.
So, I'm confused. I know that many Irish records were destroyed in the fire of 1922. Would copies of Parish records have been sent to England, though? Does anyone know the years and types of records lost ? I am leaning on the brick wall, but it's not moving !
My other area of confusion is: my geneaology website gives "clues" if they have any records matching my data. If there is a constant sweep to look for connections, why do I have to search the data? This may be a silly question, and one of my thoughts is that because of variants in spelling etc. , I may find something that their sweeps will not? I have been combing their database and finding nothing and just don't want to waste my energy if their system is already doing that. Sigh ~
Thanks Neil. I thought as much about the search / clue business, but it was nagging at me that I might be wasting my efforts. I spent the afternoon trying to identify the Townland, County( Kerry, I know), Barony, Civil Parish, Poor Law Union and Province. Haven't understood yet where Ballyduff fits into that picture. It's on some maps, not on others. Ballyduff is never mentioned in any of the listed place names associated with the smaller regions within Kerry. My Great Grandfather called his home in Holyoke MA the anglicized word for Daingean Ui Chuis "Dingle", and the whole family referred to their little home as " Castle Dugdale". I won't know what records in Ireland to search until I figure this out. Thank you much for your response. Calling it a day before my head explodes. : )
In my very limited experience often the local parish can be helpful if you go there. I found a place on Google maps that I had been unable to trace on a 'real' map.
Thanks, Penny. I'll check out Google maps. I am struggling with the several divisions ( townlands/baronies/Poor House Unions..) trying to determine just where my family was. I am making myself a list of where records are kept pertaining to the general area ( Dingle/Kerry/Ballyduff ) so that when I do get to travel to Ireland, I'll be organized in my search. : )
If we do return to Ireland in Sept this year, I might be able to look something up for you when you are sorted. We live in the UK and were over last year and hope to go again.
Try this search engine. You must capitalize otherwise it will not return a correct result. I've used this to correct missspelled townlands on records. http://www.seanruad.com/
Thanks, lynn. I checked out the page and got as far as the search for parishes within the area of Kerry I was interested in, but the search ends in "page not found". I see that the site creator has passed away, so will contact the person listed and see what to do next. Thanks for the tip. ; )
Is the name of the civil parish spelled correctly? This search engine does not track church parishes but is useful so save it in your favorites. Here is another link that has a limited amount of free records and has some from Co. Kerry. I am not sure if you know about this but if not try it, http://www.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/about/index.html -Lynn
Lace Curtain : The boys from Kerry were the only ones that did not comply with sending the records to Dublin. SOME RECORDS WERE SAVED and available from the National Archives of Ireland. Your search via parrish's seem your best bet.
Thanks. We also just heard from a cousin that the family may have lived in Crotta before settling in Ballyduff. I have yet to begin searching for the Herberts in that area. Life keeps getting in the way of my genealogy. So annoying !