Wednesday, January 22, 2014


(Click here, or scroll down, for the first TIARA article.)

There are three more TIARA databases worth pointing out. Of particular interest to those searching for their townland of origin is the members' surname database. Names from Ahaesy to Yore, and everything in between, are featured. The vast majority have an Irish place of origin, where the person with that name emigrated to, and a year of birth for what is presumed to be the earliest known ancestor. You can also contact the member if you think you have an ancestor in common.

TIARA members have also transcribed headstone information and created name indexes from three Catholic cemeteries: St. John's, Worcester; Old St. Mary's, Canton; and St. Patrick's and Calvary, Brockton.

Lastly, if you have ancestors from Worcester, MA, then this final database will be of interest to you: the Worcester Irish Project. It was compiled by father and son team John and Thomas Canavan and consists of transcriptions from vital, census, and naturalization records concerning people from the city. Irish places of origin are to be found for some people in the database.

If you have Massachusetts Irish ancestors then it really is worth being a member of this organization and checking out their website.

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