|2004 letter from Limerick Archives|
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Church records can now be searched online at either www.rootsireland.ie or www.irishgenealogy.ie depending on the location of the ancestors, and, since July 2015, actual copies of the records are available at http://registers.nli.ie/. But they were not available back in 2004. So, when I traveled to Dublin in 2012, I made a point of stopping by the National Library to obtain copies. (Note that the records for Patrickswell are listed under “Lurriga.”)
|Patrickswell original records|
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The letter goes on to state that the names of the parents of Timothy Browne and Hannah Kelley are not known since there are no baptismal records for them but that, at least, Hannah likely came from Patrickswell since marriages usually took place in the bride’s parish.
The other missing piece of information was the actual address of the family in Patrickswell. Patrickswell is the name of the church parish. In Ireland, there are church parishes and civil parishes which are not the same when looking for geographic locations. There is also a village of Patrickswell which is located about 10 miles southwest of the city of Limerick. We were planning a trip to Ireland in 2005 and wanted to find the homeland and needed a more precise location, specifically the townland, within the civil parish.
A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland, a book by Brian Mitchell4, gives a cross reference of church parish to civil parish. The maps for the area are very small and Patrickswell could be in the civil parish of Adare or the surrounding parishes. How I determined the townland will be the subject of the next post.
2. Ryan, James G., Irish Church Records, Flyleaf Press, Dublin, Ireland, 1992, pp 120-123
3. Patrickswell Catholic Parish registers at the National Library Ireland. Page numbers refer to the online records at http://registers.nli.ie/.