Re: Michael Caffery, Scranton, PA
I research the Irish Family History Foundation's database. It contains 12,800,000 surviving rcds for abt 70% of Irish counties. Rcds are increasingly sparse B4 1840, rare B4 1800. Cos. Donegal and Derry were recently added to the database.
Note 1 - Without a KNOWN county, the chance of an ancestor's rcds NOT being in this database is AT LEAST 30%.
Note 2 - Only 1/2 of Co. Cork's rcds are in this database.
Note 3 - The RC church kept control over most parish rcds from Tipperary (north). These are ONLY available thru the Tipperary Family History Research center at a substantial fee (regardless of outcome).
Note 4 - Microfilms of parish church rcds are kept by the National Library of Ireland.
For Mic(hael) Caffery B 1861 +/- 4 yrs, Co. Mayo, I found 1 rcd in 1863, Carracastle RC parish. Father's forename was Pat(rick). This MAY be for your ancestor. You will need an exact DOB, parent(s) name(s), and/or placename(s) to decide if it is the right one.
For Pat(rick) Caffery M 1857 +/- 4 yrs, Co. Mayo, I found 0 rcds within a relevant range.
Google the Foundation's name to lead you to this database. Register, opt to be notified as rcds are added and browse. Pls post your search results to my genforum msg.
Hope this helps. Good luck.