Find your Troy-area ancestors, Irish or not
Church Memorials & Family Names
If your ancestors scrimped and saved to donate a church memorial which carries the family name, wouldn’t you like to know about it? There is a lot of information on these memorials such as family names, date and place of birth or death, titles and positions held, records of service in our nations various wars, etc. Doesn’t this information add “flesh” to that ancestors bones beyond the standard birth, marriage and death dates? Doesn’t this information give you a better picture of that family member you never knew?
Many researchers who have connections to the Troy area that go back several generations, may never have been in these local churches and will never know that their family names have been memorialized. More importantly, this information is in danger of being lost in many churches that are scheduled to be closed or consolidated.
In order to capture this important information for genealogy researchers everywhere, the Troy Irish Genealogy Society developed the Church Memorial Project which created a data base of all names mentioned on any type of memorial located inside or outside a church. This project is ongoing and churches will be constantly added to the record series.
The idea behind this data base came about while reading the inscriptions and family names on the stained glass windows during a 2007 visit to St. Mary’s Church in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
Each of the links below will open a searchable table of names connected to memorials in that particular church.
Family Names found in Troy & Rensselaer County Churches
St Lawrence RC
St Mary’s RC