I have recently returned from a trip to Ireland with members of the US National Genealogical Society, for the purpose of researching my ancesters. We spent a week in Dublin where almost all the surving records or copies are archived.
I have been impressed in the past with efforts of two uncles on both sides of my family trying to list the ancesters and their whereabouts. One uncle Bill O'beirne must have interviewed some of the grandparents, aunts and uncles. His direction was to list on 3" by 5" index cards the parents with the mothers maiden name, their children, their spouses where they lived and how many children they had (his cousins).
My uncle Frank Doutney got his family search started by looking up who was buried in various Doutney gravesites. He did record searches recording whatever information was found, and used that information to research further. He found the Newfoundland Historical Society very helpful at the time. They sent copies of many notices from various newspapers which had bits of information leading to the birthplaces of great grandfathers. Two generations of Doutneys seem to have come from Tintern, County Wexford Ireland. They emigrated to Saint Johns, Newfoudland in the mid 1830s.
I was unable to find any mention of Doutney's in Ireland.
I welcome any input to this site.