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Thursday, 20 November 2014

TIGS transcribes NY burial records with place of origin

A unique and valuable new resource has resulted from a project managed by Troy Irish Genealogy Society (TIGS): transcriptions of 12,731 records from the recently rediscovered interment book for St John's Cemetery in Albany, NY.

Just under one third (3,895) of the records relate to Irish-born individuals and, remarkably, all but 500 entries identify the county from which they originate.

This collection, which contains records from 1841 to the late 1880s, could throw open the research doors to many Americans descended from Irish immigrants who fled the famine.

Here's a breakdown of the Irish identified in the interment records with their home county in Ireland:

Antrim
10
Kerry
76
Queens
114
Armagh
35
Kildare
38
Roscommon
159
Carlow
80
Kilkenny
195
Sligo
47
Cavan
307
Kings
114
Tipperary
458
Clare
62
Leitrim
28
Tyrone
91
Cork
376
Limerick
160
Waterford
83
Derry
22
Londonderry
5
Westmeath
138
Donegal
28
Longford
143
Wexford
131
Down
39
Louth
93
Wicklow
43
Dublin
52
Mayo
36
Ireland-No
County 500
Fermangh
30
Meath
116
Galway
39
Monaghan
47
TOTAL
IRISH 3,895

The records, along with further details of the cemetery and how the book was rediscovered, are freely searchable on the Troy Irish Genealogy Society website. Take a look, too, at their other transcription projects, while you're at it.

Hearty congratulations to the Society and its members for making these priceless records available.

(Thanks to the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI) for letting me know about this brand-new collection.)