See related message on Co. Wicklow page.
First time posting here - I have hit a brick wall with my paternal line and am seeking some asistance please.
My 4th g g father Patrick DARBY (b. circa 1806) emigrated to Australia with his Wife Amelia/Emily/Emilia Lac(E)y in 1854 with their 3 adult children. Thomas & Patrick were aboard the Sultana with their parents from Liverpool to Portland, and Jane (who was with her husband and 2 small children were aboard the Almora). The children were all born in Blanchardstown, Dublin - as were the two granchildren, there is mention of Mulhuddart in one certificate and I have what I think is a firm record of residence in Coolmine, Dublin from the valuation records of a dwelling lease from a Thomas Lacy. Death records here in Australia suggest his wife was from Co Dublin so this could be a relative? As these areas are all within close proximity, this all seems to fit.
However...Patrick's death record says that he was born in Co.Wicklow and despite my best efforts, I cannot find hide nor hare of any record of him in WIcklow, nor anything further in Co Dublin, such as a marriage. Darby does not appear to be a common name in either county.
I have begun trawling through the images of the catholic parish registers as our surname has been spelled/transcribed many different ways over time and the online indexes have proved fruitless, but wondered if anyone had any advice on how to limit my searching to be more effective.