Irish records have the reputation of being incomplete and scatter– if they even still exist. But some of that characterization might not be completely accurate, as more records are being made available online.
Today it was my great fortune to visit the Irish Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport website and discover the baptismal record of my husband’s great-grandmother, Margaret Callaghan who lived near Rosscarbery, County Cork, Iowa. She was baptized 16 January 1836. This is a few years early than information we previously had (1842), so I need to do more research. The neat part is a digital copy of the actual church record is available by clicking on a link. (And these records are available free!)
I also found baptismal records for at least four sisters of Margaret Callaghan: Ellen, Mary, Catherine, and Honor.
Not a lot of information, but more than I had several years ago. So today it’s worth celebrating, albeit 175 years later. (I’ll accept any genealogy data, no matter how long ago the event was.)
Irish eyes are smiling!