Sunday, 20 December 2009

Missing persons adverts from the University of Boston

Quite randomly I found the "Information Wanted - a database of advertisements for Irish Immigrants published in the Boston Pilot" on the Boston College website.
Here's their description which I've copied verbatim as I couldn't put it any more succinctly
From October 1831 through October 1921, the Boston Pilot newspaper printed a “Missing Friends” column with advertisements from people looking for “lost” friends and relatives who had emigrated from Ireland to the United States. This extraordinary collection of 32,793 records is available here as a searchable online database, which contains a text record for each ad that appeared in the Pilot.
There are 3 Fitzhenry mentions in the database - two as "lost" and one as seeker, although two of these appear in the same advert.
Here's the extracted information - well done to Boston College for such a great resource. Now I've just got to work out where they fit....
Edward Fitzhenry
Home county: Wexford
Parish: Chapel
Townland: Chlobone Near Ennniscorthy
Barony: Bantry
Poor-law: Enniscorthy
Occupation in US: Farmer
Emmigrated in 1835
Location after Emmigration: PEI (assuming Prince Edward Island)
Person seeking information: John Doyle - nephew
Date of Advertisement: 28 January 1860
Contact: M D Hart, in Lawrence Massachussetts
James Fitzhenry
Home county: Wexford
Occupation in US: Farmer
Emmigrated in August 1854
Location after Emmigration: Benton, Maine
Person seeking information: Philip Fitzhenry - brother
Date of Advertisement: 26 May 1855
Contact:James Keogh in New Orleans, Louisiana

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