Monday, July 22, 2013

District Electoral Divisions and Poor Law Unions, the mortar in Irish Genealogy Brick Walls.

Break wall with tree
In Ireland the Poor Relief Act of 1838 divided Ireland into districts or "unions" in which the local taxable inhabitants were to be financially responsible for all paupers in the area. In 1898 the Poor Law Union was adopted as the basic administrative division in place of the civil parish and barony.
Civil registration is the government recording and registering of births, marriages, and deaths. Registration began in Ireland in 1864. However, registration of Protestant marriages had begun earlier in 1845. Births, marriages and deaths were registered with district registrars. Registration districts were set up within the boundaries of the existing Poor Law Unions

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Want to find your Ancestors in Ireland? FOLLOW THE LAND! The McQuaid & Barrett Families of Ireland


The McQuaid & Barrett Families

Province - Ulster
County - Tyrone
Barony – Omagh East
Poor Law Union - Lowtherstown
Parish - Dromore
Townland – Tummery

McQuaid Homestead Tummerry, Dromore, Tyrone 8 2012-06-24
McQuaid Homestead, Tummery, Dromore, Tyrone, Ireland. Lot-60

Friday, July 20, 2012

McQuaid’s of Tummery, Dromore Parish, County Tyrone survive the Great Famine, but not the Land Wars of 1879-1882.

2012-06-24 04.38.07
The Great Famine 1844-1852, that hit it’s climax in 1846-47, was but one of the many famines of the time, like the potato failures in 1790-1800, 1816, 1822 and 1836. Besides the many mini-famines, fever epidemics were other hazards of life, like the typhus of 1817 and the cholera of 1832.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Surprises from the “Just Released” 1940 Census

1940 Census
1940 was 72 years ago. It doesn’t sound that long ago, but WE HAVE COME A LONG WAY. If I had to pick one word to describe the 72 year time period, it would be ‘Inflationary’.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

‘Recording My Memories & Stories’ or ‘A Pictures tells a Thousand Words’, Inspired by ‘Pinterest’

Manson House, Ware Massachusetts
Manson House, Ware Massachusetts
  • After WW-II, in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s,my Grandfather, John Leo McQuaid B1902 and his sons owned and ran the Mansion House Hotel.
  • The Casino Theater is the building to the left. Before talking films, they showed silent films and used a player piano. In the 1980’s the same player piano was given to my wife, by a lady that sang in the church choir with her. Both of my children learned to play on it. I remember going to see movies, when I was a child, paying 25 cents to get in and 10 cents for a bag of popcorn. I remember buying a Mr. Peanut Bar, I took it into the dark theater. I started eating it, something didn’t feel right. I went out into the light and found it crawling with maggots.The movie would end, and we would exit into the alley, between the buildings.
  • In 1960, the time of the picture, below, of Main St., there was a Drug store on the left of the Manson House and a Western Auto Hardware Store on the right.
  • There is a parking lot and Veterans Memorial, where the Mansion House was, today.