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Re: Sarah Devlin McShane1901 South Dakota
Posted by: Ralph Connors (ID *****9163) Date: October 16, 2009 at 09:16:53
In Reply to: Sarah Devlin McShane1901 South Dakota by Martha Crothers of 566

Hi Martha:

Looks like you need to screen the U.S. censuses to find the names of your immigrant ancestors and their DOB/DOM.

I research the Irish Family History Foundation's database. It contains 12,800,000 surviving rcds for abt 70% of Irish counties. Rcds are increasingly sparse B4 1840, rare B4 1800. Cos. Donegal and Derry were recently added to the database.

Note 1 - Without a KNOWN county, the chance of an ancestor's rcds NOT being in this database is AT LEAST 30%.

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 the McShane (+variants) surname, there are 4,716 B rcds dating from 1721 and 2,981 M rcds dating from 1655. The rcds are concentrated in Ulster Province (Cos. Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh, and Tyrone).

For the Devlin (+variants) surname, there are 12,352 B rcds dating from abt 1749 and 6,176 M rcds dating from abt 1768. Again, these are concentrated in Ulster Province.

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. Good luck.


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