Saturday, 27 August 2011


Over the years I have come across many entries in  marriage registers (R.C.) here and one that I find quite confusing is the following.

"Dispensation in the 3rd and 3rd degree Consanguinity."

It obviously relates to a blood relationship and dispensation was sought to get married. Whether the rules were based on moral or for inheritance reasons I do not know. There are many rules but dispensation was often sought and in turn was given.

If you google "Consanguinity Canon Law" you will see it explained in the Catholic Encyclopedia. It still left me not fully understanding.

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Thursday, 25 August 2011

Death cert.

I was asked to give an example of a death cert. This one is again from Co Louth 1907.

I can obtain these quickly.

Certs are available from 1864 onwards. Email me! click here

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Terence Mac Swiney

Following on from an earlier post relating to the funeral of Terence MacSwiney the Mayor of Cork City who died on hunger strike at London's Brixton Prison 1920.

Here are details from the the death certificate.

Death registered in the registration district of Lambeth, sub district of Norwood in the County of London 1920.

Date of death 25th October 1920 at H.M. Prison Brixton.

Terence James Mac Swiney

Male 40 years

Occupation Volunteer Officer of 4, Belgrove Place, Cork, Ireland

Cause of death- Heart failure from dilated heart & acute delirium following scurvy due to exhaustion from prolonged refusal to take food.

Other information given relates to coroner and inquest held.

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Saturday, 6 August 2011

1845 parish register

Here is an example of entries from a baptism register from 1845. (time of the famine) If you are lucky enough to research your ancestry back to the time of the famine I think you have done very well. I can always try to help to get the images similar to the one above. Email me! click here