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Strategy for Irish Research in Salt Lake City

    I’ve been in Utah since last Wednesday.  I recorded a lecture for Ancestry Academy on Thursday and have been at the Family History Library since Friday.  If you haven’t been to SLC you’re missing out on some great resources.  Floor B2 (yes two floors below the main floor) contains the UK, Ireland and Australia records.  I’m continuing my work on the Daly family checking primarily civil and church records.

   As you probably know, the Irish Civil Registration Indexes have been online for a number of years.  The indexes provide the name, jurisdiction, volume and page number of the certificates. Unfortunately, if you find five Michael Dalys in the birth registers in the same jurisdiction for 1868, there is nothing to help you determine which one is yours.  You have to throw a dart, pay your money and order one.  Once you receive it, you’ll find the name of the father and mother (including her maiden name) and the townland where the birth occurred.  The cost of a photocopy for research purposes is €4 or about $4.50, so it can get expensive if you have a common name.  But if you’re looking for a birth that occurred between 1864 and March of 1881, 1900-1913 or 1930-1955, or a death or marriage between 1864 and 1870, images of the certificates are on microfilm at the Family History Library.  

   One of my objectives for research was to expand my Daly research to the other families in the area.  There are no church records prior to 1870, so trying to make a connection between the various families is important.  I began by looking at all of the births, deaths and marriages for Dalys in the Claremorris registration district.  Since I had a spreadsheet with all of the information, I pulled the microfilm and saved the image of each certificate to a USB drive.  I now have copies of 65 certificates…they would have cost me $292.50 at the GRO…almost as much as my flight!

Daly, Martin 1874 of James of Boleyboy

   As I said above, birth records contain the name of the father, the mother and her maiden name, and the townland; marriage records include the names and occupations of the fathers of both the bride and groom; death certificates don’t have a great deal of helpful information, but they give the age of the deceased, the cause of death and the name of the individual present at the time of death (the informant). I began by putting all of the births together by family.  Because the death records have the age of the deceased, I could determine a previous generation…these names were, in many cases the names of the individuals that appeared in Griffith’s Valuation.  The marriage records turned up a brother and sister, marrying a brother and sister.

   Since the oldest complete surviving census records for Ireland is 1901, I was then able to use the information on the families and move ahead to the 1901 and 1911 censuses.  

   This exercise has helped me move my research back into the 1850s and forward into the 20th century.  The lack of records may not let me go back any further with the paper records, but if I can identify descendants of each of the families, I may be able to use DNA to discover relationships.

   Happy Hunting!

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