NIX and FORDE County Clare, Anecdotes, details and clues.

Edition of  May 2012

Patrick Francis Nix was born January 1, 1861, County Clare. Birthdate is confirmed by U.S. records with only 'Ireland' given as location. County Clare, Ennis is all that famly oral history has provided.

Patrick Francis Nix listed his parents as Michael and Margaret on his marriage certificate, 1893, Providence R.I.
In April 2001 I inquired of the General Register Office in Dublin whether I should request a search for a registration of Patrick Francis Nix's birth, Jan. 1, 1861 from either their Dublin office or the Clare County Courthouse in Ennis, since the GRO website's instructions were redundant on the issue. I received an email reply from GRO which pointed out that neither office would have a record and advised I check the website of the National Library of Ireland . Upon analyzing the later's list of available microfilmed records I found Galway and Killaloe to be the only Roman Catholic dioceses which include part of County Clare in their jurisdiction. I bookmarked the huge list of parishes included over time in those dioceses but the Acrobat 'pdf' file will not load beyond the first 19 or so pages on my computer. Presumably the information is similar to the Clare Library Parish & Church Records status index. Looking at the latter under Roman Catholic my 'best guesses' to search for my grandfather's baptism record are The Civil and RC Parish of Kilkeedy, Civil Parish of Killeely with the RC Parishes of Parteen & Meelick , Civil Parish of Killinaboy with RC Parish of Corofin.

Lacking documentation on my grandfather Patrick's place of birth, I have listed the following births to parents with the same given names as Patrick's. His January 1, 1861 birth does not show on these same sources since civil recording of births was not required until 1864.
FHL British Isles Vital Records CDs.

You may find the LDS film numbers listed above by going to their site Family Search LDS site and clicking on catalog, location and entering: Clare, Ireland 

Other clues on my my grandtather's 'probable' birthplace were gleaned from the Griffith's Valuation of 1855 for County Clare on the Clare County Library site.

Griffiths lists the name Nix 6 times. The only Michael & Mary listed are in:
Townland, Coolbaun, 290 acres, about a mile southwest of Tubber, Galway
Barony, Inchiquin
Civil Parish, Kilkeedy (Coolbaun in southeast quadrant)
Poor Law Union, Corofin
Province, Munster

There was a Robert Nix (my brother's name and he is the older son) in:
Townland, Boolanacausk
Parish, Killeely
Union, Limerick

There were three Thomas Nix's listed in:
Townlands; Boolanacausk, Meelick and Stonepark
Parish, Killeely
Union, Limerick


1901 Clare census

29 Nix's are listed in the County Clare library 1901 census. All were listed as Roman Catholic. I have compiled them into families per Townland as follows:

My grandfather Patrick Francis Nix, born in 1861 was age 40 and in Rhode Island, USA  in 1901. Looking for his possible siblings in the 1901 Census I noted:


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