Posted By:Ralph Connors
Subject:Re: Michael GAVIN/Helen MCCABE: Niagara Falls, NY
Post Date:July 03, 2009 at 14:20:54
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Forum:Gavin Family Genealogy Forum
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Hi Amy:

I research the Irish Family History Foundation's database. It contains 12,000,000 surviving rcds for abt 65% of Irish counties. Rcds are increasingly sparse B4 1840, rare B4 1800.

Note 1 - Without a KNOWN county, the chance of an ancestor's rcds NOT being in this database is AT LEAST 35%.

Note 2 - Only 1/2 of Co. Cork's rcds are in this database.

Note 3 - The RC church kept control over most parish rcds from Tipperary (north). These are ONLY available thru the Tipperary Family History Research center at a substantial fee (regardless of outcome).

For Mich(ael) Gavin B 1848 +/- 2 yrs somewhere in Ireland with the father's forename unknown, I found 17 rcds: 4-1846 Mayo, 2-1846 Limerick, 1846 Sligo, 1847 Dublin, 1847 Galway, 1847 Mayo, 4-1848 Mayo, 1848 Galway, 1849 Tipperary, and 1849 Mayo. You will need an exact DOB, parent(s) name(s), and/or placename(s) to pick which, if any, is the correct one.

Google the Foundation's name to lead you to this database. Register, opt to be notified as rcds are added and browse. Pls post your search results to my genforum msg.

Hope this helps.