I have been trying to move past my current brick wall on my O’Connell line. I am stuck in the 1850’s in County Cork Ireland. From the index of my great-great grandfather, I knew that he was born in Garraveasoge, County Cork, Ireland1 The next question for me is, where is that? I have never been to Ireland and truly do not know much about it. Except, that I plan to visit someday.
I attended the Fox Valley Genealogical Societies meeting last Thursday with a few friends, hoping to learn something new to jump-start the research on this line. Paul Milner spoke to the group, his lecture was, Irish Emigrants to North America: Before, During and After the Famine.
I spoke for a good hour and a half, at least. What I took away from this lecture is that you need to look at the time frame the emigrants left, it is an important piece of the puzzle and will help us move forward with our research. At the end of his lecture, Paul opened it up to questions and many were asked. I prefered to speak to him one on one. I have been sick with a bad cough and could hardly get through speaking without coughing.
When I finally had a few moments, I discussed with him my line; giving the details that I had and what I should do next. His response was simple, put them on the map. Go back to Griffiths Valuation and find out where they lived. I have tried this before and had no luck in the past. Last night, I decided I was going to change that.
I went to Ask About Ireland to find Denis Connell on Griffiths Valuation. Once I did that, I looked to see where it states Denis lived. Again, it showed Garraveasoge, County Cork, Ireland. It states that his home was in section 2 A b2
Once I went to the map, it took me a good bit to find section 2 on the map. Once I enlarged the map, and pulled up a google map as well, I was able to find the townland of Garraveasoge on the Griffith’s map. I even found section 2, for which I did a small happy dance. But, I was not able to find the area’s that should be labeled A and b3 There are no markings in section 2 that would help me figure this all out.
So, where do I go next? I know that there are no Teahan’s in this area and no other Connell or O’Connell family either.
I did check out The Tithe Applotment Books to see if they would offer any assistance and it really did not. There is a CH O’Connell listed4, but this is 1827 and it is too large of a jump to say it could be a relation.
Griffiths Valuation Map, Denis O’Connell, 2 A b, http://griffiths.askaboutireland.ie. ↩