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Carlow Library Records

(Source: Michael Purcell c2007)

Library goes electronic to dig deeper into Carlow's past.

Wednesday October 10 2007

On the left is Sue Clements, in the centre Carmel Flahavan, Executive Librarian Carlow County Library and on the right is Michael Purcell.

For the first time ever, records dating back to 1750 will be within easy access to the public in County Carlow.

The register of births, deaths and marriages from even Carlow's smallest towns and villages are available on C.D. form in Carlow County Library. And it's all thanks to the work of local historian, Michael Purcell and a Massachusetts woman, Sue Clements.

As far as I'm concerned, Carlow County Library is the first library outside the United States to have this facility,' Michael said.

Michael is the owner of hundreds of birth, marriage and death records in the form of microfilm, but due to the dedication and endless hours of work carried out by Sue, that information is being converted onto C.D.

Tullow, Arles, Killabin, Killeshin, Mayo and Doonane have already been treated while the records of Ballon and Rathvilly are next on the list.

Sue painstakingly took a copy of every page featured on the microfilm before enhancing and indexing them.

Even though Sue has been researching her own Cummins family history for years and can date her family tree back to 1740 in Tullow, her first visit to Carlow was last year. Dismayed that the county has no archive to hold its records, Sue then set about doing something about the situation.

Having heard what the American enthusiast was up to, another history buff, Mr. Woods, formerly of Killians Crescent, Carlow  transferred  the data on CD to a format for publication on the  internet, making access even more widely available.

According to Michael Purcell, having the records in the County Library will boost tourism in the county as researchers can stay within Carlow to carry out their work, and not have to travel to Dublin like they had to, previously.

A limited number of records can be accessed through the website Carlow Website Records - Killeshin.

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