Nothing brings home the reality of Irish genealogy like a visit to one of Ireland's genealogy centers. As part of our trip to Cavan we visit the Cavan Genealogy Center in Cavan town. It is located on the second floor of the Johnston Public Library on Farnum Street.
Did we have a breakthrough? No. Did we found out anything new? No. Was it disheartening? Yes. Basically what we were told is that there are no records for the church we need for the period we need. There are also no civil records. That leaves us nowhere to go with this.
Was it a total waste of time. Not at all. They have a cute gift shop and I did learn a few things that made my brain work in a different way and come up with a couple of alternative ideas for ways to tackle this.
At the end of the day, we all know that genealogy is never easy. We often hit brick walls and the only way is around them or over them. Sometimes we can't do either but this time I think I have found a way around to at least figure out who was living in the area in the period we are looking for.
Not all of Cavan is as much of a wasteland of records so it is still worth trying to see what is available and PRONI does have some Cavan records and needs to be explored.