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            The release of the Catholic parish records on line by the National Library of Ireland in 2015 was a great resource for genealogists researching their Irish ancestors. This source was mined with some custom software to construct families from these records. The effort was focused on four surnames: McGrath, Long, Fanning, and Tuohy. The results are described in the “Families From Parish Register” section of this web page.

            A similar effort was performed on the Irish civil records (birth, marriage and death). This activity was restricted to just the McGrath and Long families. The families constructed from the civil records are shown in the “Families From the Civil Records” section of this web page.

            All of this was combined with other Irish records to form larger families. The results are found in the paper, “Reconstructing Families From the Records.”




Reconstructing Families From the Records - UPDATE 8-12-22

         In this document the available records were used to reconstruct McGrath and Long families in the Thurles and Cashel Poor Law Unions. The goal was to go beyond just parents and children and push as far back as possible to construct multi-generational families.
         The records involved in this reconstruction activity are the parish records from the NLI site, the civil records from the Irish Genealogy site, Griffith’s Valuation, and the 1901 and 1911 census records on the Irish National Archives site. The civil marriage records are very useful in this family reconstruction exercise since they contain the fathers’ names of the couple being married. This provides a linkage back to the previous generation. In addition there seems to be a strong adherence to the Irish naming tradition during this time period, at least as far as the 1st and 2nd sons and daughters. In most cases this tradition gives the names of the children’s paternal and maternal grandparents, if there are enough children. Another necessary element in this reconstruction is geography in the form of the family residences which many times are found in the various records. Gravestone inscriptions and old family genealogies can be very helpful but these are more difficult to obtain and require a good deal of luck.  Link



The Families in Ireland From the Records

McGrath - Long - Fanning - Tuohy












Families From Parish Registers








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 –

Families From Civil  Records

Introduction - The Civil Records


Registration Districts

McGrath Thurles Cashel
Long Thurles Cashel

The civil registration of Catholic births, marriages and deaths were required beginning in 1864. These records through about 1920 are available on line at  The birth and marriage records of the McGrath and Long families in the Thurles and Cashel registration districts were extracted from the civil records. The results are presented in a series of four papers: McGrath in Thurles and Cashel; Long in Thurles and Cashel. Each paper has its own table of contents so that it’s possible to easily navigate these data intense papers. The primary areas of interest are the civil parishes of Upperchurch, Moyaliff and Holycross but it was decided to use a larger net and to transcribe all the McGrath and Long birth and marriage records in both of the above registration districts.

















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