Not sure if anyone can help me here but I thought I would make some additional efforts before my upcoming summer trip to Ireland. I have been researching my family tree for about 20 years. This trip will include southern Ireland, next trip northern. For Cavan & Sligo I have been able to locate the townlands my ancestors came from, some existing relatives & all three farms are still owned/farmed by family.
However for this trip which will include Dublin (the Liberties & St, Catherine's Parish), Kildare (Ballyraggan/Graney/Knockpatrick & Baltinglass Parish/Rathvilly) and Cork (Knockskagh/Crohane & Clonakilty Parish), I have not been able to trace forward the ancestors who I think stayed on in Ireland.
In Kildare, I can find baptismal, marriage & death records as well as census listings for 1901 & 1911 but then a dead end. I located a few burials of the family at Knockpatrick cemetery but other family members are not there. I would like to check other cemeteries but not sure where to look. Couple married at Rathdaniel, Carlow & then lived at Graney/Ballyraggan.
In Cork, the youngest sister of my 2XGF stayed in Ireland at least until the 1901 census, her father died at Knockskagh/Knockscagh in 1895, her mother died in Clonakilty town in 1905. She married twice both husbands died but I can find her in the 1901 census with her mother & 2 daughters, then nothing. I am wondering which local cemetery the family might have used. Why does everyone have the same surname- Donovan? Seriously I am never going to get to the bottom of this.
For both Cork & Kildare is it possible to do more research once I get to Dublin in terms of locating the actual farm they lived at within the townlands of Graney/Ballyraggan/Knockpatrick and then Knockskagh/Crohane? I am not sure what land records might show as I suspect they were tenant farmers and did not at least initially own anything.
Would you suggest I try asking for local help on Ireland Reaching Out?
I recently became frustrated enough that I submitted my DNA. Both of my parents have also submitted theirs with results pending. The DNA helped me prove my Kildare connection which was a 20 year puzzle. I have a lot more to sort out with the DNA results however.
Any suggestions would be appreciated & I can provide more detailed information as well.