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The Crossle Abstract
of you searching for families in Newry, one of the most outstanding sources of
genealogy information is the Crossle Abstract Records. These abstracts
carry an unusual detail of the families of Newry and surrounding area in the
1800's. This includes addresses, family members and occupation
information. It is truly quite uncommon to find something like this in
Ireland. The coverage of families in these abstracts does include some
families beyond the area of NewryTown. The Crossle Abstracts
Collection/Films are highly recommended as a Newry area resource.
The Crossle Abstract Records are the work of Dr. Francis
and Philip Crossle (father and son.) Dr. FC decided that there were a
lot of old newspapers that had great genealogical information on them that
were rotting away in the library in Newry and so in about 1900 he began taking
these old newspapers, in no particular order, and copying the genealogical
information onto large scrapbooks. (hand copying, obviously!) He
filled VOLUMES with his work. His son, Philip, who married a
Martin granddaughter, took a bunch of smaller notebooks and re-wrote
what his father found onto these notebooks with family names on them.
So, for instance, if there was a Martin bit of information, he would put it
into the Martin notebook, and then if the next bit of information was McCann,
he'd re-write it into the McCann notebook. He did his work in the
A man named Patterson took up the Crossle Abstract Project
after Crossle and did some more work similarly, to finish up the project.
At the Mormon (LDS) Library in Salt Lale City "SLC",
they have the 25 microfilms (rolls) of the notebooks of Philip Crossle.
You can order them in one at a time and go thru them for info on Newry,
Donaghmore, Loughorne, Ringbane, etc., families. Sadly, while Philip
began doing it correctly, sometime down the line he began mixing names up in
the wrong books, thus necessitating going thru the entire 25 microfilms to
find all the names of interest! I found my ELLIS line in the GREGORY
notebook, for instance. No rhyme or reason that I can see.
In the Martin notebook he has the Simpson and Todd information--because HE
knew that the wives were Martins--but he doesn't put it anywhere in the
notebook for others to understand as a cross reference.
In order to view these films you have to go to your local
Mormon Church Family History Center "FHC" during their opening
hours. You can order each film in from SLC at a cost of
$3.75 per film for a 60 day time period. That's the entire cost (postage
round trip.) Anyone can also go there and take a peek and can get
information that they need for ordering. Check your phone book for the
nearest Center to you. You should do most of your research on their
website first--look up things in the card catalog on-line--and then make up a
logbook for yourself and go to the Familty History Center "FHC" and
order it and wait for it to come in.
You can research the films available and get their numbers at the LDS website
Internet Genealogy Service
Go to the card catalog section....
The local LDS FHC would be able to order the Crossle films from SLC. You
need the numbers first.
Dr. Francis Crossle also wrote a book (also in SLC at
their central library, but NOT on microfilm) on the Masonic Lodge of
Newry. This book has lots of good histories of the families
belonging to the Masonic Lodge from the Newry area. You can't order it
from SLC since it's a book. They don't handle books other
than a few genealogy publications that you can order on their web site.
Suzanne Ballard provided the above narrative.
Suzanne is in the process of completely indexing these Films and Abstracts so
that the family surnames will be known for each of the 25 films. SLC
will have this index in the near future, when she has completed it.