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From: "Sharon Carberry" <>
Subject: Re: McMahon's of Co. Clare
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 1999 06:20:01 -0800


If you are sure that you have searched every existing
document regarding the immigrant's family, as well
as the tombstones, for mention of their Clare town-
land or parish, then you could try the Griffith's Valua-
tion, which may list the elder Michael or maybe
Cornelius if he had his own household by 1855, which
is when the valuation results was "published" as to Clare (it is my
understanding that the data was collected prior to whatever date in 1855
the results
were made known). You might catch another Cornelius who was a cousin on
a townland close to
theirs; Cornelius is a favored name for that time
period in Clare. The same search could be made of
the Tithe Applotment list, for just the father Michael,
since it was done in 1827 for Clare; it will not show
members of the household, but again there might
be a cousin or uncle Cornelius to indicate you are in
the right area.

Once you have an approximate area in Clare, you
could try the city directories for major towns around
where you found a Michael or Cornelius, to double-
check that you have the right ones for your time
period. Then, if you have no other way to narrow
the universe of names you have, you can start reviewing films of church
records to see to find the
marriage of Cornelius and his bride (who hopefully
lived in his parish, since the weddings were done
in the bride's parish). The start of the church records
for Clare R.C. churches varies by parish but generally figure sometime
in the 1830s.

This is do-able and you will also pick up lots of
other family members and collateral/allied lines.

Remember, that McMahon is one of the primary
surnames in Clare, and there will be hundreds and
hundreds of individuals with that name in the 1800s,
before the final outcome of the famine and emigra-
tion diminished the numbers.

Sharon Carberry

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