I was almost telling the wife that I now want to be known as; "Eff That For A Game Of Soldiers".
The Irish research is going to be a hard ask. Looked up the Griffiths Valuations, as you suggested,
and in the process of doing so I managed, to at least, get the Connelly's narrowed down to Monaghan.
I think I will come back to this Irish search at a later date. It's not important enough to be spending
a lot of time on. Especially when I have other lines to research that I've not taken as far back as the
Connelly's. But I will still gladly take any help or info that anyone can offer. So thanks for pointing me
in that direction JD.
Here is one or two interesting points I also discovered that may be of use to someone going down the
Irish Ancestor Research route:
(1): There is at least one spelling variation for EVERY Irish surname, most have several variations.
(2): As JD suggested, NO 19th century census records have survived. Griffiths Valuation 1848-1864 is
the ONLY detailed guide to where Irish people lived in mid-19th century.
(3): Two other collections exist:
(a): Irish Records Index 1500-1920. This is a name index to microfiled Irish records at the Family
History Library in Salt Lake City. These records reveal persons name, date of record, residence
in Ireland and the microfilm numbers etc to help you order a copy of the original record. These
records include histories, pedigrees, parish registers, probates & orphan court records.
(b): Royal Irish Constabulary 1816-1921. This is an extraction for said organisation.
(4): Any records that do exist for Ireland are kept at:
(a): National Archives, Dublin.
(b): Public Record Office, Belfast.
Hope this is of some use to others. GOOD LUCK.
Thank's again JD.