I was recently asked if I could research the Irish side of a family from Mississippi.
I had the following information to go by.
Michael O'Leary born c1882 from Co.Cork, Ireland. Luckily enough, I had a townland to go by. O'Leary is a very common surname in Cork. I was sure I could obtain a record, proving it was Michael was another thing.
After a few weeks, I was able to obtain a baptismal cert.for 'our' Michael. I had no parents to go by, and I certainly wasn't going to put my name to a 'might be.'
In the margin of the baptismal register, there was more information.
More information is added if a 'letter of freedom' was sought.
My Latin isn't perfect. The writing was difficult to read also. I have added what was transcribed from the original register -
Prodictus Michael Leary mat contracit cum Mollie L Pradal mEce S IommEnglisa Dioceis Natche Tulfort Miss. U.S.A. al Rev H. Spenger 15th April 1917.
*I was well pleased with discovering this record, also the extra information of Michael's parents.