Thursday, 11 December 2014

Irish Ancestry Books By County

I have many books covering Irish ancestry. From advice to resources, these books give great detail on what is available.

I highly recommend Flyleaf Press who regularly publish books on individual Irish County research. They have published books on 11 counties to date. Kildare is the latest county to be published. (10th December 2014)

" Tracing your Kildare Ancestors " gives all the advice you need to research your ancestors in the County.

If you would like to purchase a copy of one of their books you can email them directly.

The following Counties are covered with more to follow -

Roscommon, Dublin, Cork, Galway, Donegal, Mayo, Limerick, Sligo, Kildare, Westmeath & Clare.

These titles make an ideal gift and are a must for your research in the  County of your interest. 

I have no connection with Flyleaf Press at all. I have acquired several of their books and pass on this information as good advice.

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Recearching and Visiting Co.Cork.

Co Cork is a wonderful county to visit and to research further into your family history.

The City & County reference libraries are a must to visit, along with Cork City & County Archives.  

Parish churches can be visited to look through parish registers. I advise  you contact the parish secretary via email to make an appointment. It would be advisable to make a small donation towards parish funds. 

Visiting Cobh (Queenstown) is worth the time and effort. This would be the most likely point where your ancestors departed.

I strongly recommend a visit to Skibbereen in West Cork. This link will show you how interesting the town is as is the  Skibbereen Heritage Centre .

If you are looking for accomodation in Cork, I recommend a hotel which is literally across the road from the County Reference Library . The Kingsley Hotel is only 5 mins from Cork City and lies on the banks of the River Lee.

If you have any questions regarding researching your ancestry in Co.Cork, please contact me anytime.

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Friday, 3 October 2014

Memorial Inscriptions- Blarney Co Cork

I was recently in Blarney,  here is an example of an memorial inscription from the Church of Ireland, Blarney, Cork.






"Sacred To The Memory of  Dorcas Louisa The Dearly Beloved Wife of Samuel Trant McCarthy Born 29th March 1848
Died 19th January 1894.

More to follow.

(c) Kevin McCormack


Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Old Letters (1915)

Many thanks to Marg of Co Cork for the following letter.

The letter is from James of Liverpool (born 1885) who was the son of Irish immigrants. James is writing to his maternal Uncle who was in Galway, Ireland.

1st Ty Irish Battn
7th Camp
Sutton Veny
Warminster, Wilts.
Nov 25th 1915.
24th Northumberland Fusiliers

Dear Uncle Tom,

In another few days the call we have all been longing for will come & we shall proceed to the Front, whether in France or Serbia we do not know. Anyhow we go & in a very few days now. After 13 months hard training.

I suppose I’m ungrateful & unnatural to have kept silent all these years.  I know I am, but still I have had you often in my thoughts & as you see, I’m not going away without saying ‘Goodbye’ & ask your benediction. And say a prayer now & then for me – not that I may come back, for I don’t expect that somehow & anyway I should be proud to die for the Cause – but that I may die, if I am to die, nobly and fighting bravely, worthy of the regiment I have the honour to be in and heroically as every Irish soldier does die.

I suppose – at least I’ve heard, that you did not approve of my action in joining the army, to do & die for England! Why not? After all though she has been a bad sister, she is a sister & we must help her. Besides who would be out of such a fight. And do we want it said, when the war is over, that Ireland did not do her share. Oh! Tom, if ever an Irishman lived who worshipped every blade of grass in her green fields & every sod of turf from her brown bog I am he. And I am proud to think that the lads I shall lead into action a few days hence are Irish lads & that the music that will fall on our ears will be [are – crossed out] the shrill notes of the old Irish war pipes. Indeed it would do you good to see the Tyneside Irish stripped for action 4,500 of the finest, hardest men that ever put on khaki.

This all sounds like an Apologia – and I don’t mean it to be. I am writing just to tell you that in your regard I am the same James as I always was; that I love you just the same & want you to look on the many acts by which I led you to believe that I was ungrateful, unmindful of the old days and that that love was dead. And I’m sending you a photograph so that you may see that if the Army has done nothing else it has made a man of me. Did you ever think that the [unreadable] you used to [unreadable] would one day work [?] all day, sleep in the fields all night and work in trenches for 24 hrs in pelting rain as I have done lately?

There is very little about A. Mary here – but ask her not to mind and tell her I mean this letter for you both. I hope you are both well & that she is now grown out of the bilious bouts. I have.

And lastly. If poor old Granny understands, Mum [? Mumma?] tells me she is very childish nowadays, just tell her I was asking for her & that I send her my love. And would you you who are so kind to everyone & whom everybody loves, at least they used to, do all that you can to make her last few days of life as easy & as comfortable as you can.

Goodbye now dear aunt & uncle.

I send you my best love & renew my request for a prayer that I may not fail or falter.

Your loving nephew


James McLoughlin Lt 24th S [G?] B N


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Donation Towards Costs and Records

If you'd like to make a small contribution towards costs (only) I'd be delighted to hear from you.

I travel a lot for records and photographs. I also spend a great deal on postage, internet access etc.

I am willing to put up records and images at request.

If you'd like to make a small contribution please email.

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Saturday, 30 August 2014

Your Past Letters on Line

Do you have old letters relating to Ireland and  consider them of interest?

I will publish any transcribed letter here to show to the Irish around the world. An image of the letter (full or part) would add interest too.


I'd be particularly interested in letters from  1914-1922 (WWI, The Rising, War of Independence & Civil War). 

 Any interesting letter will be published. Covering any topic. Letters from abroad to Ireland and vice versa would be most welcome.

Please email me kevmccresearcher at gmail dot com


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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The Great Famine - An Gorta Mór Skibbereen, Co Cork

I have added some images from the burial ground in Skibbereen, Co Cork.

There are headstones of all shapes and sizes. Also here is the mass grave of some 9,000 victims.

If you have ancestry from West Cork and you are more than curious, I'm always willing to help out.














If you are visiting Ireland and you have an interest in your ancestry. Please attempt to visit places like Skibbereen ......not only is it  interesting but very moving too.

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Ancestry Gifts - Embroidered Family Trees

Here is an embroidered tree (maternal line) that I recently had done for myself.

There is a lot of work that goes into it. I think it makes the ideal gift....... a family heirloom.

The cost of this is around £58 sterling. P&P might be more depending on where it is being sent to. I recommend registered post. (£8) £67.

My tree has a flower and birds which is significant to my Welsh side of the family. The lady who does the trees would advise you on what you could have.

The size of the tree is 16" x 12" and it is on linen. The frame is not included.

Feel free to email me if you would be interested in this for yourself or as a gift.








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Monday, 11 August 2014

Co Louth Ancestry Look Ups.

I spend a large amount of time researching ancestors from Co Louth. I carry out most of these searches in Dublin.

If anyone would like me to research their ancestry in Co Louth, I will gladly do so.

I will charge 15 euro only, for up to 10 records. This is strictly to cover costs only.

Feel free to email anytime.


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Thursday, 10 July 2014

The Spirit of Mother Jones Festival - Cork, Ireland

I have great pleasure in doing my little bit to promote the "Spirit of Mother Jones" Annual Festival 2014. The festival is taking place in Shandon, Cork from Tuesday 29th July to Friday 1st August, 2014.

Festival Details

I will be attending several events myself. I wish all those involved the very best and many thanks for their much appreciated time and effort.