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The Long and McGrath Families

Published: October 27, 2011

       This document describes a search for family connections that literally began with just a couple pieces of paper. There was one McGrath family and three Long families that were the focus of the study. The connections and locations of those families were explored in Central New York from their arrivals down to the present day. It was subsequently discovered that these families had also been neighbors in Moyaliff and Holycross parishes back in Co. Tipperary, Ireland.


The Neighbors in Ireland

Published: December 5, 2011

       This document describes the follow on study after The Long and McGrath Families. In a search for the old homesteads of the McGrath and Long families an intensive study of the Irish land records was conducted. The primary source for land records of the post Famine period is the Griffith’s Valuation. Since several of the families of interest had left Ireland during the Famine they were not found in the published Griffith’s Valuation. The manuscript materials gathered during the famine capture the rapid change of the various occupants while recording the names of many individuals who left Ireland during the Famine. It was necessary to research the various manuscript materials that contained information on land, farm structures and valuations that were subsequently used to generate the Griffith’s Valuation. All of the families were found in these manuscript records along with the locations and descriptions of the structures on their farms. Additional families (Fanning and Tuohy) were found who were also connected to the McGrath and Long families. Family trees were constructed from church records, cemetery transcripts and valuation records known as the “Cancelled Books.”


        A research project presently underway is tracing the McGrath, Long, Fanning, and Tuohy families of the Moyaliff and Holycross area back further in time and possibly through the Penal Times of the 1700s. The documents below describe two previous research projects concerning these same families.

Additional information from the McGrath-Fanning papers (described in the 2nd study below) has allowed significant progress extending an area McGrath family back into the 1700s. This has benefited the other local McGrath families by claiming several of the extra McGrath families that have not previously been assigned to a family branch. The information on the associated Family Records pages (see below) is an important resource for this project, enabling the achievement of its research goals. These family records were originally destined for the Appendix of the new document but they proved too numerous. Placing them on the web site not only reduced the size of the document it also improves their access and usability.






The Families in Ireland

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Family Records

The Family Record pages contain the distillation of over 3600 transcribed baptismal records from the microfilmed Parish Registers of Moyaliff, Holycross, and the surrounding parishes. These five Roman Catholic (RC) parishes are: Ballycahill_Holycross, Clonoulty, Drom_Inch, Thurles, Upperchurch_Drombane, and together contain ten civil parishes. These parishes were selected because they surround the areas of Moyaliff and Holycross which were the focus of the families described in The Neighbors in Ireland.

There is a separate page for each surname with sections for each of these RC parishes. There are two tables for each RC parish which contain records organized into families, one sorted by fathers of the surname and the other sorted by mothers of the surname. The ladies usually disappear into the records, hiding under their married names, but the Parish Register records have resurrected their maiden names in many cases.  For the larger families their information is also presented in the family tree format that provides additional information. If you find your ancestors among these families please contact the web site owner –









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