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Collins from Carnmore, Claregalway

Looking for Collins relatives in County Galway. My Great Grandfather James left in 1852 with his mother Jane and sister Hannah Collins Haley. James married Catherine Dailey/Daley from County Mayo. We think his father's name was Walter or Martin.  We think he had two/three brothers Thomas/Martin/William. James' tombstone reads  "A native of Carnmore, Clareglaway, Co. Galway". He and Catherine had six children all born in Virginia/West Virginia and he died in 1869. Please contact us at            thank you!


Wednesday 20th June 2012, 01:07PM

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  • Hi there,

    There are Roman Catholic church records available for the diocese of Claregalway (Galway). These date from 1849 for baptismal, marriage and burial records. You can find these at the National Library of Ireland, Pos. 2429. If you have any difficulty, you could try writing to the parish priest for more assistance.

    Could you please post your message on the County Mayo page here:

    Have you tried checking the Ellis Island records ( or the Castle Garden records ( Generally, more information was given at the port of arrival rather than the port of departure. If you knew which city they arrived at, this could be a good place to find more information, and perhaps even find out an exact place of origin.

    You could also try checking the land records called the Tithe Applotment Books (1823-38) or the later Griffith's Valuation (1848-64). Griffith's is freely available here: or here: Failte Romhat has lots of other useful links you could try looking at. 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).

    You can information about the frequency of the name in the mid-19th century and any other variant spellings of the name here:

    You could also check the book by the Claregalway Historical & Cultural Society, Claregalway parish history 750 years = Stair pharoiste Bhaile Chlair na Gaillimhe, 1999.

    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,

    Sinead Cooney

    Genealogist (Ireland XO)

    Friday 22nd June 2012, 02:14PM
  • I spoke to the PP from Claregalway some years ago and he told me all the early records  were blown away in 1849?  My relatives left Ireland around 1852-1853 so they definitely did not come through Ellis Island. Thanks for the information.


    Monday 25th June 2012, 02:06PM