Posted By:Ralph Connors
Subject:Re: Elizabeth McClary (McCleary) McDonald (1858-1947)
Post Date:December 02, 2008 at 11:54:11
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Forum:Mccleary Family Genealogy Forum
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I searched 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 parish, 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 Mary McCleary B 1858 (exact) in all Ireland, I found 1 B rcd in 1858, Co. Antrim. Her father's name was John.

For Thomas McDonald B 1848 ditto, I found 2 B rcds: Armagh and Kilkenny. The Armagh rcd seems the more plausible as it abuts Antrim. For the Armagh rcd, the father's name was Alick.

A view of the B rcds SHOULD give you their parents' names, residence, etc, info.

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.