Attempting to Identify the Millions who Perished by Disease, Starvation or Emigrated in the Irish Famine, 1847, and Pockets of Affluence, a Micro Example, Muintervara.
Pre Famine Ireland had a rural population in congested areas rivalling China, India or Haitai. The Famine fell disproportionately on the cottiers or those below them.
This class, as it dod not have a property interest, does not appear in the 1830 Tithe Aplottments of later in the 1850 Griffith Valuation. The relevant Census have been destroyed for Ireland.
Regarding affluence it is also possible ti identify clusters of families from whom sprang the teacher.s priests, shopkeepers and strong farmers. We all have a tendency to marry within peer groups and the same process is evident from an examination of birth and marriage records but in this case the marriages take palace over a wider geographic area.
Contratry to popular belief a strong class of Catholics survived and prospered in the 18th and 19th centuries dwelling just below the radar.
However for many parts of Ireland the catholic Church Records and some of the Church of Ireland have been digitalised at:
This can be cross checked by 1830, Tithe Aplottment (courtesy Susan Beretta, Salt Lake City):
It is possible by townland to identify those born 1820-1845, by reference to parents, and sponsors. Sometimes the parents marriages are shown with the names of witnesses. By a slow process of cross matching it is possible to identify families. It requires some knowledge of the various versions of Christian names Surname sand Townland as the spelling vary enormously. One pattern emerges for the local area of Muintervara.. The class in question are geographically mobile moving from townland often presumable from mud cabin to mud cabin but by concentration on the parent it is possible to plot their locations. For most of the townlands this class have completely disappeared, the lucky ones re emerged in the United States which interestingly at the time did not turn Emigrants away unlike contemporary European regarding Africans.