1 Reply Latest reply on Jan 4, 2021 2:55 PM by Cara Jensen

    Seeking records about Garrett Fitzmaurice

    Tracy Jackson Newbie

      I have probate records from the 1840s but unable to find any actual death records. Garrett Fitzmaurice arrived in New York in the early 1840s from Londonderry, bringing his wife Mary and all of his children. As far as I know they immigrated from Ireland just before the Great Famine. The ship was "Carroll of Carrollton". I did find immigration from Londonderry. One of his older sons, Ulysses, was Postmaster of Java, Wyoming County, New York in the mid 1860s. Ulysses also became guardian over his younger siblings after the death of both parents, per probate records. Any information provided is very much appreciated. Thank you.

        • Re: Seeking records about Garrett Fitzmaurice
          Cara Jensen Tracker

          Dear Ms. Jackson,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Population Schedules for the 1850 Census, and the Population Schedules for the 1860 Census in the Records of the Bureau of the Census (Record Group 29) that may contain information about Garrett Fitzmaurice and his family.  We also located a series titled Records of Appointments of Postmasters, 1832 - 9/30/1971 (M841) in the Records of the Post Office Department (Record Group 28) that may include an entry for Ulysses Fitzmauice.  Not all records have been digitized. For access to M841 and/or non-digitized census records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at archives1reference@nara.gov.


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          For information about the U.S. Census, see the Census Bureau technical documentation and questionnaires.


          New York did not conduct statewide registration of births, marriages, and deaths until 1880.  Therefore, we suggest you search substitute record sources such as probate records, church records, and newspaper records that may include more information about the death of Garrett Fitzmaurice. We also suggest that you review the FamilySearch Research wiki for New York Genealogy.


          You may wish to search Ancestry.com or FamilySearch.org for the U.S. Census and M841. There may be a fee for using Ancestry. Instead, check for access at your local library as many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for their patrons.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!