Descendants of Bryan Fitzpatrick Multimedia Database

Example of Fitzpatrick Multimedia Database entries.  Click on image to download PDF.


During the years that Ronan and I spent researching the book, we encountered many Fitzpatrick sources in a variety of media formats. Many of these sources appear in the book. However, it became apparent that we needed a system to organize the sources of Fitzpatrick information we found in order that we could easily refer to them later. This was beneficial because we could view the original source and perhaps glean additional information from it.

Media types we encountered included documents in a variety of formats, e.g., MSWord, Text, PDF, RTF, and JPG, as well other photo formats. In addition, we wanted to preserve Video and Power Point presentations from Clan Gatherings and other meeting, and audio interviews.  Devising a method to access this variety of formats from a single access point was formidable. So too, was how to easily find the available sources for a specific search item among hundreds of items, regardless of media type. Consequently, it was necessary to provide a free-form description that was text-searchable for each multimedia entry. Also necessary was recording where the source originated so a researcher could follow-up if further information was required for a source.

With these needs in mind, The Descendants of Bryan Fitzpatrick Multimedia Database was born. This is a free-form searchable electronic database that lists a description of the media item, media type and source.  Copies of all multimedia items are stored in the database and are accessible by a single click. As of this writing, over 250 multimedia references are contained in this database. However, we know that many other resources related to the descendants of Bryan Fitzpatrick exist that we have not discovered.

Therefore, we are asking our fellow researchers to add to our Multimedia database of files related to the descendants of Bryan Fitzpatrick, Lord and First Baron of Upper Ossory. If you’d like to contribute to the Fitzpatrick Multimedia Database, please email a single file attached to a separate email to In the subject line, please include a short description of the attachment. In the body of the text, please include a longer description of the attachment if necessary. Also in the body, include how and/or where another researcher could locate the attachment. Your name will be included with the method to locate the source in the source field of the description of the file. Any of the multimedia file types mentioned earlier in this document are acceptable. If in doubt, email me your question and I’ll respond to your concerns.

We are still in the process of determining how we can best make this multimedia data available to other researchers. Currently, a list of contents may be made available to interested parties, but the actual files may have security, copyright, and/or privacy issues. We are considering several methods of sharing the data, but this is an ongoing process.

~ Steve Zalewski

The Collection

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The Collection of Fitzpatrick Research is a database of Fitzpatrick names, events, dates and places contributed by over 130 Fitzpatrick researchers worldwide and currently contains over 14,000 Fitzpatrick events. These events include, but are not limited to, births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials. The Collection standardizes the format of the information submitted and organizes the resultant data into sorted lists to facilitate searching. If you have MSOffice 365, a PC application will be provided that makes searching by given name and/or location easier. The application and reports are made available to only those that have submitted Fitzpatricks to the database. The Collection is for the use of contributors to augment their own research and is expressly forbidden to be published on the internet or reproduced in any publication or in any electronic media.

The objective of The Collection is two-fold. The first objective is to consolidate the Fitzpatrick research of all participants into a single location and make this research available to all participants. The second objective is to facilitate the sharing of genealogical information by providing leads for contributors to contact each other when there is a likelihood of a common ancestor. These leads are achieved by comparing each entry in The Collection with all other entries in The Collection and reporting on the matches.  The methodology involves collecting the research submitted and converting it into a common format. Placing a person in a known location at a known date is the goal for each event entry. Names, events, dates, locations, and the contributor’s name are the primary data items for each entry. In some cases, sources and comments may also be included.

To provide a higher probability for a match between entries of different contributors, as well as a providing a workable searching mechanism, a standard format is required. Files may be submitted in GEDCOM, CSV, TXT, or spreadsheet format and each file will be converted into the standard format. This format will contain a surname, given name, event, date, and location. All items must be present to be included in The Collection. In addition, the following criteria must also be met:

Surname: Must be a Fitzpatrick surname or close variant.
Given name: Must be a viable name or an initial. Cannot be blank, “Unknown”, “?”, “child”, “son”, “daughter” or similar names.
Event: An event in a person’s life that creates a document that can corroborate the name, date and location of the event. Common events are births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials but may also include immigration, christenings, censuses, court proceedings, et. al.
Date: The date of the event with the right-most 4 characters indicating the year.
Location: The place of the event. The location may have up to four jurisdictional levels separated by commas. The smallest jurisdiction is at the left, larger jurisdictions to the right. A maximum of 30 characters per jurisdiction is permitted.

A minimum of 4 complete Fitzpatrick name, date, event, and location groups must be submitted by a contributor in order to be included in the database. Each entry satisfying the screening criteria will then be added to The Collection along with the name of the person submitting that entry.  Files may be submitted in GEDCOM, spreadsheet, or document format as described below.

These files should be emailed to before December 1, 2020. Only one GEDCOM file from each person will be accepted prior to that date and no files will be accepted after that date.

~ Steve Zalewski