The place to look at microfilm of records from Ireland (unless you live or
visit Ireland) is at your closest Family History Center. These are small
libraries run by the Mormon Church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints)
and manned by volunteers. You can order film
from areas such as Longford and have the film sent to the library for about
$3.50 per film. Here is the url to find a library near you: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp
To search the Family History Library for available film titles check out the
Library Catalog. http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp
In the box for PLACE type: Longford (or wherever). You can leave the
second box blank. You will get a list of places to choose from. Choose the
correct match for the place you are looking for. Then you can look through the
subject headings and titles to see if something might be of interest. The choices will vary from
place to place depending on what the Mormons were able to access.
You can also do a Surname Search to see if there is a book available that
might be helpful. Not every book is on microfilm and available to FHC's. If
there is no microfilm number it cannot be ordered.
It is a good idea to call ahead and verify times of operation. These centers
are a vital resource for those of us who do not live in Ireland.