|Posted By:||KATHLEEN MCGUINESS|
|Subject:||Re: calling all Mc Guinness|
|Post Date:||November 10, 2008 at 22:32:53|
|Forum:||Mcguinness Family Genealogy Forum|
Replying in the event this question is still active. I am a McGuiness. I was in County Sligo Ireland in 2006. I found my mother's Stevens and Kennedy ancestor house in the town of Kilglass in Sligo. This is right on the Atlantic coastline. I stood at the water's edge. While I was there in the townland (neighborhood) of Carrowhubbuck in Kilglass I met a local man named Paddy who was helping me. He had lent his copy of Griffith's Valuation of the townland to a neighbor. It turned out the neighbor was Mrs. McGuinness who was a widow. She said her husband was not from Sligo but thought he was from the County Down where other McGuiness' lived. Of course I thought I was dreaming in finding my mother's line & coming across a connection to my father's Irish line. I did get help from the Co. Sligo Heritage & Genealogy Society, Aras Reddan, Temple St., Co. Sligo, Ireland. They are also online at www.sligoroots.com They charged me 75 euros, $125. at the time for a search, their records are on computer. They had the marriage & children's baptism records for my mother's line. You can also contact www.nationalarchives.ie which is in Dublin. All the original gov't. records are in Dublin. I found birth records going back only to 1864. I believe Belfast has them for the N.E. I still don't know who my gr. gf John McGuiness born in N.Y. abt. 1860 is connected to. He lived in N.Y. City & was married to Alice Whalen. Was told he died young abt. 1899. They had Alice, Julia, Annie, John, Edward, George & Lawrence. Sound familar to anyone? First child born in 1888. No luck finding marriage record back then, they were Catholic.