Well, I just had my first genealogy brick wall ever for a place name; usually if I have any brick walls, they are for people!
I was working on a report for a client this past week, and her grandmother and three of her grandmother’s siblings birth records I had found, showed they were born in a townland called Sylane, Parish of Church Friar, Galway, Ireland; and one of her other siblings was born in Lakeview, Tuam, Galway, Ireland. The places of these births were in the Superintendent Registrar’s District of Tuam, the Dispensary Registration District/ Registrar’s District of Tuam #2, and in the Poor Law Union of Tuam.
I have heard of the newer Sylane, in Tuam, but never a Sylane in Church friar, let alone the place Church Friar. I have also never heard of Lakeview in Tuam. I was so confused! There were no such places on the District or Poor Law Union Maps or Lists on SWilson’s site or John Grenham’s site. After much researching, I had arrived at the conclusion that the Parish of Churchfriar was in what now is the Parish of Belclare, after discovering some sites that had references to Sacred Heart Church of Belclare, replacing an old chuch in a place called Churchfriar, about 200 yards away. As far as Lakeview goes, I am still stuck on exactly where it is. There is a Lakeview in Galway, but not in Tuam District. Because the entry specifically said he was born in Lakeview, Tuam, I had to chalk it up to it being a place that is no longer there or was referred to a house or road, for now; still suck on that one. 😉
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