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I am very interested in your project and am hopeful that my ancestors left from an area within the project- I do know my material gggrandmother Sabina Qualter was from Galway. James and Sabina Qualter Hughes both died in Ireland abt 1854 and their children James, Sabina, and Richard  (et al) came to Massachusetts If you think there is any chance they could be from south east Galway I would  be extremely happy to follow up with any US information I have.    libbygaffney@verizon.net

Paula Kennedy

Tuesday 29th November 2011, 11:37AM

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    General-North/South America:

    Do you know much about their emigration? The dates, the reason

    why they left, who they may have travelled with?..etc..Generally more information was given at

    the port of arrival rather than the port of departure. If you knew which city they arrived at (e.g.

    Liverpool, New York, etc.), this could be a good place to find more information. -And perhaps even

    find out an exact place of origin.

     

    Ellis Island:

    http://www.ellisisland.org/search/passSearch.asp

     

    Castlegarden:

    http://www.castlegarden.org/

     

    US National Archives/Immigration info:

    http://www.archives.gov/research/immigration/

     

    The Boston Pilot; From October 1831 through October 1921, the Boston Pilot newspaper printed a

    ?Missing Friends? column with advertisements from people looking for ?lost? friends and relatives

    who had emigrated from Ireland to the United States. This extraordinary collection of 40,743 records

    is available here as a searchable online database, which contains a text record for each ad that

    appeared in the Pilot. http://infowanted.bc.edu/

     

     

    The first place to start your search is in your own home - talk to elders in the family - find out about

    their parents, grandparents etc. Perhaps they have a story of one of your ancestors?

     

    Things to enquire about include: occupations, places of residence, who they were living with

    (people often stayed with others from their home villages after emigration), siblings & other family

    members, first names (important -as usually past from father to son/mother to daughter) ages at

    time of emigration, possible dates of birth/death, religious denominations. Also ask if there are any

    surviving photographs, old documents or letters - record all the information you can find.

     

    Write/telephone other members of your family to check details -perhaps they can remember other

    facts about your ancestors? Hopefully when you have done this - some clues will emerge! After you

    have identified the emigrant- begin tracing the steps back to Ireland.

     

    Do you know much about their emigration? The dates, the reason why they left, who they might

    have travelled with..etc.? Generally more information was given at the port of arrival rather than the

    port of departure. If you knew which city they arrived at (e.g. Liverpool, Ellis Island), this could be a

    good place to find more information, and perhaps even find out an exact place of origin. Shipping

    manifests can be checked ?which may lead to more clues.

     

    The next thing you could do is find the counties and places in Ireland your family names are most

    prevalent. Look at the website http://www.irishtimes.com/ancestor/surname/ and perhaps

    something will match some other clue you may have found elsewhere? If nothing turns

    up ? it is advisable to try different variations of the spellings of the names. If you have a possible

    first name you could try the Irish Census 1901, 1911 at www.census.nationalarchives.ie/ or the land

    valuation record called Griffiths Valuation

    http://askaboutireland.ie/griffith-valuation/index.xml

     

    Connaught Ireland

    Thursday 7th February 2013, 11:57AM