Research

Fitzpatrick Multimedia Archive (FMA)

Fitzpatrick Multimedia Archive

During the years that Ronan and I spent researching the books, we encountered many Fitzpatrick sources in a variety of media formats. Many of these sources appear in the books. 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 Power Point presentations from Clan Gatherings and other meetings. Devising a method to quickly access this variety of formats from a single access point was formidable. So too, was how to easily find and view 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 more information was required for further research.

FMA sample. Click to enlarge.

With these needs in mind, the Fitzpatrick Multimedia Archive 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 archive and are accessible by a single click. In many cases, the family line that the multimedia item documents is indicated by color. As of this writing, 350 multimedia references are contained in this archive. 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 this archive 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 Archive, please email a single file attached to a separate email to me at szalewski2000@yahoo.com. 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 will respond to your concerns.

We anticipate making this archive available at no cost to researchers and educational institutions in late 2021. The archive is a wealth of information about Fitzpatrick history and represents many years of Fitzpatrick historical research consolidated into a single place. Currently, a sample list of contents may be downloaded from this website. We are considering several methods of distributing the data, but this has not yet been finalized.

-Steve Zalewski

The Collection

The Collection Sample Report2

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 szalewski2000@yahoo.com 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