Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Researching your Irish Ancestry.

So many people believe their Irish research is a difficult task. Whilst it can be,  with a bit of help and local knowledge, it can be relatively easy. So long as you have the basic information.

If you need a little research carried out, and a lot of local knowledge, I can assist you.

Send me a short email with the basic information, I will do my very best to help you.





Saturday, 9 May 2015

Family Headstone

I was very fortunate that a lady in Co Meath was able to get this photograph for me.

All people recorded on this headstone are ancestors of mine. These are from Co. Meath. All of my paternal ancestors are from Co's. Dublin, Meath & Louth.

Erected AD 1804 by ChristyTeeling of Bellewstown for him and his posterity. here lieth the body of his father John Teeling who departed this life the 29th of November 1789 aged 76 years. Here also lieth the body of Margaret Watters alias Teeling sister of the above Christy who departed this life 18December 1803 aged 34 years John Teeling 15th August1853 aged 50years.Christy Teeling died 6th July 1863. Aged 20years Anne Teeling died 25th January 1870 aged 20years Judith Teeling died 5th august rest in peace amen 1888 aged74 years.
John 1853 & Judith 1888 being my Gx3 grandparents.



(c) Kevin McCormack.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Reading a Parish Register 1841

The photograph below is one that I took of a Co. Cork Parish Baptismal register. The  entries are from 1841.

This register is in good condition and is relatively easy to read. If you aren't accustomed to Irish names, you might find it a bit difficult.

It's worth trying to transcribe the records for yourself to give you some practice. Images that will be coming on line soon may not be so clear.





(c) Kevin McCormack


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Friday, 24 April 2015

Irish Death Certificates

Obtaining death certs. of your ancestors can be more than interesting.

However, getting to transcribe them can be difficult.

I have added below the cause of death. It took me sometime to work it out.

Give it a go yourself. Good luck!



Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Some Irish in Toledo OH. 1843

Here are a few people from Ireland who emmigrated to Toledo, OH. pre 1843.

Patrick Casey Tipperary  -  James Convarne Kilkenny  -  Thomas Tyrell  Tipperary - Arthur Hughes Monaghan -  Thos Carr  Leitrim - Patrick Duffey Westmeath -  Michael Gaffney Roscommon  -  James Carr Leitrim - Bernard McMullen Antrim - Betsey McMullen Antrim - James Byrne Monaghan - Patrick McCarthy  Tipperary -  Fulton Henderson  Tyrone - George Fitzgerald  Meath - Cornelius O’Connell Cork - P. O’Connell Limerick - Joseph White Tipperary - Pat Correy Tipperary - Peter Gribban Derry -  James Carig Galway - John Gribban Derry. Email me! click here

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.

If you'd like to contact me requiring further advice please email me. Email me! click here

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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