in search of his mother Margaret Barry.
He listed her husband as James and her other children as Mary and John.
Her maiden name was McGennis,
her home county Kerry and
the townland, Kiltallagh in the Poor Law Union of Tralee.
A search of the church records online for Margaret Mcgennis with additional name James Barry, brings up a marriage in Castlemaine in 1822.
But is this our Margaret?
A further search for Margaret Gennis and James Barry (with only Kerry as a location since we don't know if they moved around) brings up the baptism of 3 children,
William in 1822
and Mary 1828
This fits with an arrival date in America of 1830 (as per the advert.)
An email to Fr. Luke in Castlemaine RC Parish with a request for any birth certificates for William, John and Mary may elicit information about their marriages (if any) since some parish records of births include information re. marriages.
Fr. Luke Roche, P.P., Castlemaine, Co. Kerry. 066-9767322. Fax: 066-9767467 e.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
A search for the townland of Kiltallagh brings no results but I find that Castlemaine (the place of the marriage and baptisms) is in the Civil Parish of Kiltallagh, the Barony of Trughanacmy, and the Poor Law Union of Tralee. So maybe we do have a match after all!
There are many other research avenues in Ireland, such as Griffiths Valuation.
However, a US search might also find useful information by checking out
Patrick Griffin (The person listed as a contact)
I wonder was Margaret reunited with her family? Was Patrick Griffin related to the family? And how did they all fare in the New World?
If you know, I'd love to hear from you....