I'm emailing from Stoke-on-Trent, England. I'm planning to visit Carlow next month (also Mayo where other ancestors came from).
Carlow is the birthplace of my great grandfather, Patrick Barron, and my great great grandparents, Catherine and Terrance Byrne. Patrick married their daughter, Margaret Byrne, in Stoke-on-Trent in 1876. It was his second marriage. He married Eliza Brien in 1873, again in Stoke-on-Trent. She died the following year, probably in childbirth.
I have documents etc relating to their lives/deaths in Stoke-on-Trent, but I'm struggling to find anything at the Irish end, hence my visit.
I understand there isn't a genealogical centre in Carlow, so my query is who do I contact to make an appointment before I arrive in Carlow? My purpose is to find out where they lived and any other information about their lives.
Patrick's father was Thomas Barron. I have found one Thomas Barron at 12 Stonecutter's lane in Dunleckny in Griffiths Valuation. There's also a baptism of Thomas Barron in Sept, 1805, father Michael, mother Nancy, with Borris as the address. But I have no way of knowing if either of these is my Thomas Barron.
As for Catherine and Terrance Byrne, I know they had four or five children including Margaret. I do not know if they married in Carlow or Stoke-on-Trent. Terrance was described as a labourer on Patrick's second marriage certificate. Patrick, an ironstone miner, was killed in a pit accident in 1892. I have been searching for information for years now, hence this appeal. I'd welcome any information at all.