Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Fancy a challenge?

Let's see what you make of the record below.

This baptism is from Sept. 28th 1850. (just after the famine)

It's the second entry alongside the number 28. It records the following..... name of infant, names of parents, townland and underneath that line is the name of the sponsors.

Of course I was at an advantage as I knew what I was looking for but this is another example of how difficult it can be.

I would like your participation so it can give me some idea of the variations of what people are seeing and perhaps it can give us some insight on how reliable/unreliable transcribing can be.

Please leave a comment or send an e mail.

Good luck.

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Thursday, 15 December 2011

Visiting the town of my ancestors.

Not only am I going to write about my ancestors but also the places where they are from.
My McCormack’s came from the parish of Tallanstown, Co Louth and in fact my Great Grandfather Bernard McCormack was born in Tallanstown during the famine. (1849)
I must admit I was more than pleasantly surprised when I visited Tallanstown. Not only is it well situated to visit Drogheda and Dundalk it is one of the finest villages/small towns I have visited in Ireland. (tidiest town winner of 2011)
There certainly appears to be a strong community spirit but also the local people are so friendly and helpful.
I was most fortunate to stay at a local B&B run by John and Anne Sheridan. Not only was it an excellent and comfortable stay but it helped me immensely that Anne has more than a passing interest in Genealogy. I highly  recommend Louth Hall B&B to anyone visiting Co Louth. Being known as the “Wee County” (Ireland’s smallest county) everything is nearby.
I felt great pleasure in knowing my ancestors were from such a fine town and I am sure my ancestors were equally as nice as those that I met on my trip.
I'd like to generate more interest in Co. Louth and visitors to the area. Many millions across the world claim Irish ancestry and if we can all do our little bit to create visitors and business Ireland will benefit.This post is drawing attention to not only Tallanstown, Co. Louth but Ireland as a whole.
Rose McCormack bap. 30th July 1845 at Tallanstown, Co Louth of same parents.
 Thomas McCormack bap. 20th Sept. 1847 at Tallanstown, Co Louth of same parents. 
Bernard McCormack bap 16th Jan. 1848 at Tallanstown, Co Louth of same parents 
Bernard McCormack bap 20th Jan 1849 at Tallanstown, Co Louth of same parents.

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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Co. Cork Executions

Here are a number of executions that were carried out in Cork City & County.

HallahanTimothy1 March 1822DeshureWhiteboy affairs and arms possession
HalveyPatrick28 March 1798Mardyke FieldSeditious practices
HamiltonThomas3 December 1800WhitegateMurder of Thomas McCarthy and his wife
HannanFranics6 May 1799Gallow's GreenEncouraging a sergeant to join the rebels
HannanJohn26 August 1824Gallow's GreenMurder of David Kilgrew
HannanTimothy26 August 1824Gallow's GreenMurder of David Kilgrew
HanniganMichael25 April 1818Gallow's GreenAttempted Murder of D. Lane at Cloyne
HaynesPatrick18 April 1798Gallow's GreenMurder of Colonel George Mansergh
HaynesThomas22 August 1882County GoalMurder of his wife Ellen
HeaffyDavid29 March 1833County GoalMurder at Castlepooke
HeaffyElizbeth19 August 1833County GoalMurder at Castlepooke
HendleyWilliam29 March 1788Gallow's GreenBurglary at Timothy Dorgans, Ballygiblin
HennessyPatrick (20)9 August 1823Gallow's GreenMalicious Fire at Castletownroche Mill
HennessyPatrick (45)9 August 1823Gallow's GreenMalicious Fire at Castletownroche Mill
HoranDennis2 May 1789Gallow's GreenForgery
HorganDaniel27 April 1754Gallow's GreenStealing stockings
HorroganDennis14 April 1787Gallow's GreenBurglary at Collin's house, Ballinaig
HoulahanJames5 March 1822NewmarketWhiteboy activities
HouraganHanora5 August 1815Gallows greenMurder of her husband
HourahanEdward24 April 1786Gallow's GreenMurder of William Jackson
HoyJohn16 April 1798ArraglenMurder of Richard Mansergh St. George and Jasper Uniacke
HurleyHonora5 April 1740Gallow's GreenLinen theft
HurleyTimothy Jnr.5 April 1740Gallow's GreenLinen theft
HurleyTimothy Snr.5 April 1740Gallow's GreenLinen theft
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Friday, 2 December 2011


In an earlier blog I explained that one could find notes in baptismal registers relating to a subsequent marriage of the child in later life post 1907. This was because of the requirement that a "letter of freedom" was sought from the home parish to state the person had not married before. (R.C.)

Joseph Wade a brother to my Great Grandfather was born in North Co. Dublin in the 1860's. Next to his baptismal entry the details of his marriage are recorded. Joseph married Sabina Jackson at St Francis Xavier Church, St Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. 1908.

Though you may have birth certificates of  your own ancestors it is always wise to check out baptismal registers too. Email me! click here