Good News! I just heard from Eileen O'Duill in Dublin that the General Register Office has made their move and opened in their new location at Werburgh Street today.
This time next week, I should be aboard my Aer Lingus flight from JFK to Dublin. Am I ready? Not quite. Not to worry for those attending the Dublin Research Week…everything is in good shape for that. I have a couple of research commissions to work on and my to do lists are about finished for those as well. Where I'm not ready is my own research. Each time I head to Ireland, I tell myself that I'm going to do some research on my own family, but rarely have the time. I have, of course, picked up bits and pieces, but unfortunately I have not solved a couple of brick walls.
Last year on during my summer trip, I visited the Kinlough in the parish of Rossinver in Leitrim where my paternal grandmother's family lived. There James Mackey/Mackay married Rachel Johnston in 1866 and had 11 children. Some of those children, including my great grandmother, Rachel Mackey emigrated to the United States. Other members of the family went to Belfast, England and Scotland and none remained in Leitrim after 1932. I've found a number of cousins and corresponded with them, but my problem is with James' father, Mathew Mackey. Mathew appears in Griffith's Valuation in the townland of Laghta in Rossinver parish. He died in 1870 and the woman I believe to be his wife, Isabella, died in 1879. There were two other Mackeys in Griffith's, a James and John both in the townland of Moneen. But where did Mathew come from and who were his parents? He does not appear (nor do any other Mackeys) in the Tithe Applotments. Sometimes I think that an alien ship arrived and just dropped them into the area.
Well, I still have a week to get my lists together and perhaps I'll make a breakthrough on another family. I'll be blogging each day of my trip, so watch for updates.