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I'm seeking information on Michael Kenny and his family.  His obituary in Baltimore Maryland in USA indicates that he was from Kiltrustan Parish.   He was born around 1806 and was living in Maryland by 1860.  Possible children include:  Mary, Patrick, John, Michael, and Thomas.  My family line descends from John Kenny who married Catherine Kane in America.  I've seen baptismal records that indicate that the wife of Michael Kenny was most likely Mary Covahey.  Baptismal records have been posted at another site for children Mary and Michael, but would like to confirm John Kenny's birth and parents and Michael Kenny's relationships in Kiltrustan and the Strokestown area.

Monday 6th Aug 2012, 07:52PM

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  • Hi John,

    You could try checking the land records called the Tithe Applotment Books (1823-38) or the later Griffith's Valuation (1848-64). The Tithe Applotment Books (1823-38): Microfilm copies of the books for all of Ireland are available at the National Archives of Ireland (NAI) or the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS) Griffith's is freely available here: or here: Failte Romhat has lots of other useful links you could try looking at.  The Tithe Applotment List might be of use to you, or at least interesting for you. These lists constitute the only nationwide survey for the period, and are valuable because the heaviest burden of the tithes to the Established Church, the Church of Ireland, fell on the poorest, for whom few other records survive. The information in the Tithes is quite basic, typically consisting of townland name, landholder's name, area of land and tithes payable. Many Books also record the landlord's name and an assessment of the economic productivity of the land. The tax payable was based on the average price of wheat and oats over the seven years up to 1823, and was levied at a different rate depending on the quality of land. For Parishes where the registers do not begin until after 1850, this information can be useful, as they are often the only surviving early records. They can provide valuable circumstantial evidence, especially where a holding passed from father to son in the period between the Tithe survey and Griffith's Valuation. 

    You can check for information about the frequency of the name in the mid-19th century and any other variant spellings of the name here: . This site also allows for placename searches.

    Do you know much about Michael's emigration? Dates, the reason why he left, etc.? Generally more information was given at the port of arrival rather than the port of departure. If you knew which city they arrived at (e.g. Liverpool, Castle GArden etc....), this could be a good place to find more information. Some helpful sites are:  

    Church records may be of use to you. Church of Ireland parish registers for the period up to 1870 are public records. Registers are available for about one third of the parishes, however many were destroyed in the Public Records Office in Dublin in 1922. Most are still held by the local clergy, although some are in the National Archives of Ireland and others are in the Representative Church Body Library in Dublin. A list of all surviving registers is available in the National Archives. and For Catholic church records it is often beneficial to contact the parish offices directly for assistance. 

    One database for Co Roscommon is available for a fee from . 

     Please make sure you link anyone else in your family who is interested in their Irish heritage to our site - and indeed anyone else you know of Irish heritage.

    Kind regards,

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    Tuesday 14th Aug 2012, 10:56AM

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