Thanks for everyone's help.
I wanted you to know that I have had some success on
the records are free and helpful, but don't cover the whole of the country. I have found many, many Tormey's in Dublin. My daughters actually were there on St. Patrick's Day and saw the original house of my great grandfather. My wife and I will be there in the next week. Still trying to figure understand why they changed the name from Tormey to Toomey in 1865 but it looks like many branches of the family did so when they came to the country and ended up in near Rochester, NY and later in Chicago, NY, Canada and across the country.