I do a lot of Irish genealogy on and offline, and could not find your particular branch of Nenagh Moloneys on the web.
One thing you can do to see if you can find a record of your Moloneys is to write to the parish priest at Nenagh, and see if he has the baptismal record for Martin, baptismal records for any of his siblings, the marriage entry for his parents Michael Moloney and Ellen Cavaner, and also for the births of Michael and Ellen.
I am assuming this branch of the Moloneys was Irish Catholic. The Roman Catholic parish records for Nenagh go all the way back to 1792, so if Michael and Ellen were from Nenagh originally, the priest should have a record of their family history.
To contact the priest, address your letter:
Provide as much information as you can about this family. Let him know the approximate date Michael was born, as a reference point to work backwards through the parish records for his parents' marriage.
When I write to parish priests for this type of genealogical information, I usually send 10 or 20 pounds Irish money for the poor of the parish. You can purchase Irish pounds from your local bank.
You can also search for your Moloney ancestors in either Ireland or Australia at your local Family History Center, which is sponsored by the Mormon Church's Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
The Mormons have a great collection of microfilms pertaining to Irish parish records, but they do not have all the parish records for all of Ireland for the 19th century.
If you would like to find your nearest Family History Center, please email.
Another thing you can do is write to the heritage center in Tipperary, which coincidently, is located in Nenagh, and is called the Tipperary North Family Research Center, which is not connected with the Mormon's Family History Center.
You need to write first to see how much it would cost to perform a search for your Moloney ancestors in the parish records. Make sure you mention what religious denomination they were. Information about the Tipperary North Research Center is pasted below. By the way I have cousins in Nenagh and the surrounding areas. It is a lovely place and I hope you get to visit it sometime.
If you write to the center in Nenagh, ask if they have a record called Griffiths Valuation, and if they can find Michael Moloney's name mentioned in the record. By researching Griffiths Valuation you can actually find the house or the land where your ancestors lived, that is, if they were in the area when the Valuation was taken.
They will probably charge you extra to research Griffiths.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email.
All the best,
Tipperary North Family Research Centre
Tel: 011+ 353+ 67 +33850
Fax: + + 353 67 33586
Main Surnames in North Tipperary
Ryan, O'Brien, Kennedy, O'Meara, Maher/Meagher, Burke, Gleeson, Carroll, Hogan and Kelly.
This centre, which caters for the northern half of the county provides a Full Service for enquirers and currently has computerised about 600,000 genealogical records.
Initial enquiries usually receive a reply within one month.
The main records include:
Roman Catholic records, the earliest of which date from 1792
Church of Ireland (Anglican/Episcopalian) records date from 1755
Methodist records commenced here in 1834
These records have been computerised up to the year 1911 for most parishes.
In addition to the main sources, the centre has also computerised:
Hearth Money Rolls
Encumbered Estate records
Records of convicts convicted after 1842.
In the same building as the Family History Research Centre (located in the former Jail Gatehouse) is located the Nenagh District Heritage Centre which contains a museum of rural life, an 19th Century Shop, School Room, Forge, Dairy and Kitchen - all of which the visitor will find fascinating.
People with North Tipperary Roots
Australian Primeminister Ben Chifley has North Tipperary roots, as had the famous runner Roger Bannister and Daisy Bates. British Primeminister John Major is said to have roots in this area also.
Main Towns in North Tipperary
Nenagh, Templemore, Thurles and Roscrea.
The world famous 'Rock of Cashel' with its historic ruins is a major attraction near the town of Cashel. Also of interest to the visitor are the towns of Cashel, Cahir and Tipperary Town.
The Great Famine and Emigration from Co Tipperary
In the period before the Great Famine emigration from this area chiefly consisted of Protestants who settled in Canada. During the Great Famine people emigrated from Workhouses in this area to Australia. Relief Committees were active in Tipperary during the Great Famine period and saved many from starvation. But many perished too from hunger and disease in the infamous workhouses or on the roadside.
This centre has a number of interesting publications for sale including:
Two Tipperarys US$ 25
Walkabout Nenagh US$16
Nenagh and its Neighbourhood US$ 8
Inspiring Stones US$16
Templemore Old Churchyard US$8
Prices quoted are approximate and do not include postage and packing.