A more detailed explanation of the 1829-1866 register and its transcription
can be found on Clare County Library's Clare
The microfilmed register is a transcript of the original register which
was reputed to be in a "rather dilapidated" state. The transcript
was compiled by Sr. M. Gertrude of Cahercon Convent some time in the
The Date files are the raw transcripts in chronological order (by month).
Often the days within each month were not recorded, and do not necessarily
follow in order. There are many gaps in the register and these are noted
where they occur. There is a separate worksheet labelled UNDATED which
contains those pages and page fragments that could not be allocated
to a particular year. In some cases the correct year could be identified
(eg by comparison with the civil register or other analysis) and these
were included in the main group.
The Gertrude Transcript also has two large gaps. The latter portion
of the index (names "T" to "Z") is missing along
with pages 1 to 6 of the transcript. In addition pages 204 to 208 which
cover most of the year 1860 are also missing from the microfilm. There
is, however, one saving grace. The surviving part of the index ("A"
to "S") contains references to the missing page numbers. So
the names referencing these numbers have been listed in an additional
worksheet labelled INDEX.
In the Registers by Father's
or Mother's Surname, the records have been ordered first by name, then
by year. This sort process is enhanced by first eliminating abbreviations
of the father's first name. For instance, the abbreviations Ml, Mch,
Mic, Mich, Mick, Michl were all converted to Michael, and so on. This
may sound very longwinded but it doesn't take that long with the Find
and Replace facility.
These registers contain a Notes worksheet that the transcriber made
whilst wading through the Gertrude transcript, and they may assist any
researcher trying to make sense of it all. Finally, there is a data
map which portrays in graphical form the transcribed versus missing
The later (and smaller) part of the register runs from Nov 1866 to Jan
1881. A feature of this part is that from 1870 onwards it provides (for
the most part) the birth date as well as the baptism date.