Whether this is intended as a Halloween release, I do not understand, however among Ancestry’s current releases is an uncommon collection including an index of authorizations for the carriage of dead bodies through Manhattan in between 1859 and 1894. It’s called New York, U.S., Bodies in Transit, 1859-1894 and it’s sourced from the New York City Department of Records & Info Services. The index holds some 60,000 entries. Remarkably, maybe, a considerable portion of the records– 5,292– associate with Irish-born people. While the majority of these were passing through New York from one part of the United States to another, lots of others were making their final journey from Ireland to the USA. Just a little number were travelling in the opposite instructions, perhaps

to fulfil the deceased’s last dreams to be buried in the auld sod. The example I have actually picked, above right, is one of the more uncomplicated index entries. (Incidentally, I couldn’t discover an Irish death certificate for Mr Conway, however I did for other travellers who had actually passed away in Ireland). The only real concern I found with this collection is that the spelling of placenames is often pretty alarming. Harts Island, Rikers Island and even Staten Island have actually become Harts Ireland, Rikers Ireland, and Staten Ireland, giving a load of false results if you aren’t careful with where you place the word ‘Ireland’in the search fields while Duenstown and Lenstown are Queenstown, and so on, and Doblin is Dublin. The spelling of names leaves something to be preferred, too. You’ll just have to be innovative! Source