Posted By:Ralph Connors
Subject:Re: James O'Neill & Sarah Dynes Portadown, Ireland
Post Date:January 18, 2009 at 08:59:21
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Forum:O'Neill Family Genealogy Forum
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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 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 James O'Neil B 1847 +/- 3 yrs in Armagh, with the father's forename unknown, I found 4 rcds: 1844, 1845, 1846, and 1849.

For James O'Neil M 1862 +/- 2 yrs in Armagh, I found 6 rcds: 2-1860, 3-1863, and 1864.

For Arthur " B 1864 (exact) in Armagh with a father forenamed James, I found 2 rcds: one civil, one church.

For James " B 1866 ditto, I found 2 rcds: ditto.

For Hugh " B 1871 ditto, ditto: ditto.

For Bernard " B 1874 ditto, ditto: ditto.

For Mary " B 1877 ditto, I found 1 rcd: civil.

For Elizabeth B 1868 ditto, I found 3 rcds: 2 civil, 1 church.

For the children, a view of one or more of the B rcds SHOULD show their parents' names. The wife's name will help choose the correct James M rcd. The correct M rcd SHOULD list the parents' names for both bride and groom.

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.