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Newry
 
The Crossle Abstract Collection
 
 
For those 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 1910's.  
 
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  at: "http://32.96.111.13/default.asp">FamilySearch 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. 
Note:
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.
 
Norm Ruddock

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