Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Great Grandfather

This newspaper report shows another line of my ancestry in Wales where my Great Grandfather thankfully missed the Cilfynydd mining disaster which claimed the lives of well over 200 men and boys. Also where he rescued two miners at Llanbradach. (I spoke to a relative of one of them)

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Sunday, 26 June 2011

Marriage cert. Co Louth

For those that haven't obtained a birth,marriage or death cert. This is from Co Louth 1900 ....civil registration for R.C.'s began in 1864 and civil registration for Protestant marriages began in 1845.
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Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Great Grand Aunt

This is my Great Grand Aunt Margaret McCormack. See the court case blog that I posted in May. Email me! click here


With Irish records we rely on mainly parish records and birth , marriage and death registration, There are valuation records too which give limited information.We also have memorial inscriptions but of course these are limited.
I hit the jackpot on the latter as I found the headstones (pictured above) whch included my Gx2 Gx3 and Gx4 Grandparents. I do not expect to make such a find in my ancestry again!
One has to allow for transcription errors and of course the ages might be a couple of years out.
The following transcription is for the headsone on the left and anything I add will be in a smaller font. 


Erected by James and Mary McKenna (my Gx2) of Dunleer , in memory of their beloved son Owen who died 8th Feby, 1852 aged 2 years. Also the above James who departed this life 27th Jany. 1861 aged 49 years. And also the above Mary McKenna his wife who departed this life 14th January 1875 aged 45 years and Michael McKenna son of the above named died 30th July 1914 aged 57 years. (Michael McKenna met Charles S. Parnell as part of delegation in Dunleer)  And also his wife Anna McKenna who died 27th May 1916 aged 55 years.
Requiescant in Pace.

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Thursday, 16 June 2011

Gx2 entry from the marriage register

The first entry is the marriage of my Gx2 Grandparents Arthur Savage (also Savidge) and Catherine Teeling 11th Aug 1862 that took place in Co Meath. Email me! click here

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Ireland to the U.S.A.

In the 1860's a sister to my great grandfather left Ireland with her husband and several children for New York.I had seen them in the censuses but other than that knew nothing. This piece is about one of the children that was born in New York.
George Brannigan was born on the 4th of July 1871 (quite rightly too) and was baptised on the 9th of July 1871 at St Columba's Church, 343 West 25th Street, Manhattan, New York City.
George was educated at Seton Hall, South Orange, New Jersey (record states NY) & a college and seminary in Maryland.
George was ordained a priest on the 23rd December 1899 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Rev. Brannigan then served in Ohio from 1900 to his death in 1941.He served in 6 different parishes including Cleveland and his final parish in Toledo.
I received much of this information from a nun who is the archivist of the Diocese where George served. This shows you really do have to put yourself out there for the information.
Of course obtaining a photo of my Grandfather's cousin was a bonus and of such good quality too.
George died on the 4th Dec. 1941 aged 70. Email me! click here

Monday, 13 June 2011

Griffiths Valuation

Most researchers with an Irish interest would know of the Griffiths Valuation from the mid 1800's. I believe many are unaware of the fact that you are able to track the same property through the subsequent years.
Some months ago I was in Dublin looking up some of my ancestors in valuation records ( also looking a few others  for fellow researchers) and found some very interesting facts.
What with parish registers and gut instinct I had always suspected that my Gx2 Grandfather had moved from one parish to another in the same county though I could not prove it.
Checking the Griffiths valuation I of course had a name but the name wasn't the most uncommon of names.
When checking subsequent valuation records I was able to see who took over from the property (1870's) which fitted in exactly to when he would of moved to a town a few miles away.It did help that I knew he was a publican.....what is interesting about these records is if the family stayed on the land for a couple of generations (at least) this shows a researcher who exactly lived here. These records go forward as far as 1977. (head of household only)
It can be expensive to research these records and for the first time researcher quite confusing (colour coded) but after an hour or so you get used to it.
I recommend to those that have their ancestors in the Griffiths to take that extra step.
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Thursday, 9 June 2011

Parish entry from 1772 which shows the marriage of my Gx4 Grandparents. The marriage took place in Co Louth. A lot of researchers believe Ireland lacks records....... it's the  not knowing of where they came from is the problem. Email me! click here

Thursday, 2 June 2011