I've a suspicion that I've located my ancestral townland in Rathbrack, Killalon, Meath. However, at any given time between 1780 and 1850 there seem to be two to five different Shaw households with children. My suspected kin were (like many Irish households) somewhat *horrendous* name recyclers, so I'm not certain it will ever be possible to piece together these households into a specific cousin structure. On top of this, these families are very rarely claimed as anyone's ancestors on, for instance, public Ancestry trees, and certainly no one has documentary evidence to substantiate the claims which are being made.
To help me sort out all the documents that do exist, I'm trying to create profiles for everyone in the townland who can be conclusively tied to at least one other person. Since these profiles are likely to be orphaned from the general tree for some time, I feel like, in order to keep everything straight, it would be helpful to have some kind of dashboard for the entire townland. A category seems insufficient for this, because - if they work the same way as Wikipedia - that doesn't seem like a place for grouping and analyzing people's relationships.
Any thoughts on how any of you would approach this?