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For questions about ancestors and records in the country of Ireland. Prior to Irish independence from the UK in 1922, this country included the entire island of Ireland. For questions about Northern Ireland (after 1922), use the northern-ireland tag.

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Finding resources about circus ancestors?

I am trying to find the family name of the trapeze act (and ideally the individuals) who toured Ireland back in the 1950's with the Chipperfield Circus. I'm struggling to find any resources that ...
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What records exist for survivors of the Spanish Armada?

In my family, there is a long held verbal history that we were on the Spanish Armada and were stranded in Ireland when the Armada was sunk. This may be a long shot, but is there anyway to access ...
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Andrew Wilson remains an enigma

I am trying to find the parentage and immigration for Andrew Wilson my 2nd great grandfather. According to family search he was born on August 1, 1838 in Gulladuff, Maghera Parish in Londonderry ...
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Merchant marine - how to research people who worked on ships?

I am researching a relative who disappears from conventional genealogical records. He married and fathered children regularly until his wife died but does not appear in census records with his family ...
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Deciphering 1868 Irish marriage record?

I recently got a copy of my 3rd great grandfather's marriage certificate. He was married in the district of Drimoleague, union of Skibbereen, County Cork in Ireland in 1868. Most of the handwriting in ...
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What is written over some of these Irish birth records?

In the below Irish birth records, two entries that interest me, 476 and 477, were crossed out, with some cursive writing on top of them (most visible in entries 473, 474, and 476). What is written ...
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Getting started in Irish research?

A friend's wife has started to research her family history, and has fallen at the first hurdle: one of her ancestors is Irish (born circa 1865 and died in Omagh, Northern Ireland in 1948 -- there's a ...
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Is it possible to obtain a copy of the original record from 'Ireland Marriages 1845‐1958'

I just found a record in the collection: Ireland Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958 and I was wondering where I might be able to obtain a copy of the original record. For clarification, I'm ...
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What is the parenthetical phrase in this Irish baptism record?

In Ancestry's "Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1655-1915" record set there is a baptism in Birr, Offaly on 15 May 1856: Mary Henry Moore Margt Gillece Sp: (per pr??) John & Bridget ...
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Did indentured servants in 1700s Pennsylvania receive different types of land warrants from what other immigrants to PA received?

I have an ancestor who left Northern Ireland (probably County Down) sometime around 1745-1750 and settled in York County, Pennsylvania. I think he may have come to America as an indentured servant ...
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Finding archival records for tracing father of illegitimate child in mid 1880s County Down, Ireland?

In a couple of weeks, I will be travelling to Ireland for a two-week vacation. Part of my trip will be spent in the Belfast area, visiting both the General Register Office for Northern Ireland (GRONI)...
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How do I learn the details about a British Army pension delivery, 1813?

An Irish ancestor, a veteran of 23 years, was discharged from the British Army in 1813 and pensioned (lame arm) as a Sergeant Major. From British Military records I know he enlisted in Loughgilley, ...
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Finding Passenger Lists for Irish immigrants to USA 1923-1925?

I'm trying to locate the following family on the passenger lists. Richard Richardson born c1897 Mary/Molly Richardson born c1895 Jane Richardson born c1923 All born in Co. Cork, Ireland. They ...
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Looking for info on Patrick Keelin, my elusive Irish ancestor

I am trying to find anything at all about my g-g-g grandfather, Patrick Keelin. The only thing I know for sure about him is that he was born in Ireland, and that his son, John, was born in Virginia in ...
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Understanding Irish Baptismal registration of Owen Leahy in 19 Aug 1852

Ancestry.com claims that this is a Baptismal record for Owen Leahy, son of Owen Leahy and Peg Walsh. Looking at the source material, I don't understand how they determined the name (or age) of the ...
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Deciphering Irish Locations & Names (1873 Marriage License)

I have a marriage record from Burt County Nebraska for my Great Great Grandfather. I'm having trouble with the handwriting, and would appreciate any help in deciphering it. Specifically, I know from ...
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Locating information on John Megone from 1800's Ireland

I'm trying to location more information on my 4th great grandparents John Megone (born around 1817) and his wife Agnes Galbraith (born around 1822). I've hit a brick wall. I can tell from the 1861 ...
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Finding 20th Century Irish Ship Passenger to New York on Manifest?

I am trying to find a passenger ship manifest listing an individual (Thersa Briget Connellan) travelling from Ireland to the USA. She was born in Clare Ireland Apr. 27, 1908 and we have found her ...
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Finding evidence for Daniel Denehy and Ellen Connors in 19th Century Wales?

I have hit a wall. I know my Grandparents Daniel and Ellen Denehy lived in Wales were married there and had Thomas A. Denehy there. I cannot find any other information on them such as immigration/...
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Reading Irish birthplace on 1851 Wales Census?

I am looking for help reading the word after Dublin Ireland on the third line down (Christopher Brangham) in the Where Born section. I think this might be the name of a place in County Dublin or the ...
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Finding record of Peter J Starrs in USA prior to 1870 Census?

I have hit a roadblock tracing the Starrs family in Ireland. Peter J Starrs, born about 1836 in Ireland, immigrated to New York between then and 1860 (most likely in the 1850s). I cannot find who ...
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How to explain this administration of Estate?

My great great great grandmother Ann Helferty died in Glasgow in 1871. She was originally from county Tyrone but came to Scotland with her husband and children in the 1850s. I am confused about the ...
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Where was Timothy Kelly born (married in London, died in Herefordshire)?

My ancestor Timothy Kelly, died in Weobley, Herefordshire, in 1839, and was born around 1774, according to the age given on his death certificate. Supposedly, his son told descendants that his father ...
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Claiming noble title of Earl in Ireland that seems to have died out?

Is it possible to claim a noble title from an ancestor several generations back, even when the male line has been broken by a female descendant? One of the titles is Earl, and the country of that ...
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Understanding Irish marriage certificate register abbreviations?

I have a question re the use of abbreviations in Ireland perhaps on a broader scale too with other countries too. Attached is an image of a signature which looks like James Byrne on a marriage cert (...
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Field family motto

I understand that the family motto appears below the escutcheon on a coat of arms. While I've found a couple of (somewhat-different) escutcheons for my family -- Field -- I've not been able to find a ...
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Finding place of origin for Irish ancestors

I've been trying to find out more about some of my Irish ancestors. My 3rd great-grandparents John Joseph McEvoy and Mary Murray were living in Liverpool, England in the mid-1840s, but both were ...
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Understanding B.D. abbreviation on Irish Marriage Register

Can anyone help me understand what the abbreviation B.D. means in the attached image of my 2nd Great Grandparents marriage record?
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Where in Ireland was Handy Dugan born and baptised?

Handy Dugan appears in the 1851 England and Wales Census at West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England with his birth recorded as Ireland about 1816 and a wife named Mary: "England and Wales Census, ...
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Determining birth year (~1837) and birthplace of Jeremiah Ryan from Drumwood, Tipperary, Ireland?

I've been trying to track down when and where Jeremiah Ryan was born. Over the years he has given a range of inconsistent birthdates while living in New Zealand. He died on 21 Jun 1907. Names written ...
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Validating Merchant Navy records?

My first post, apologies if I break protocol. My grandfather's name was Thomas John Hegarty, born Queenstown 26th June 1887. I was tracing his naval record and came across a record from 'another' ...
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Does the word 'foreign' apply to Irish in Bishop's transcripts from English Baptism records 18th century

I'm researching English records and came across a Bishop's transcript of a baptism in Worcestershire. The year is 1789. The records says: "Sarah daughter of Samuel and Mary Brooks Foreign"....
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Seeking marriage record of Pierce Butler and Anne Reynolds before 1832 in Ireland?

I am seeking Catherine Marie Butler's PARENTS' names, their birth, death, etc., because I found and have copies of Catherine's name listed in "THE IRELAND, SELECT CATHOLIC BIRTH AND BAPTISM REGISTERS, ...
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Understanding Cursive /Joined Writing in Irish Register Death

I hope I am not out of order asking a question re writing again but rethinking my effort on last query has resulted in me finding the record I need. I am attaching another example of writing that I ...
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Seeking informational resources on “Robinson” family name origin?

I have hit somewhat of a wall in researching the European lines of my Robinson ancestors. I did learn of the possibility (vs. likelihood?) that Robinson is not a Scottish name, but rather originated ...
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What newspapers/magazines would people have used in Solloghodmore Ireland around 1850?

What newspapers, magazines, etc would people have used in Solloghodmore/Solloghod-more around 1800-1899? I'm looking for: death notices news stories advertising etc Basically looking for ...
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What does birthplace: "Cold Rain," Ireland imply?

On a 1908 Pennsylvania death certificate for John Stewart, 82, his birthplace is listed as "Cold Rain" Ireland. Irony aside, I think it can be safely assumed that this is a butchering of ...
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G Grandparents brickwall - Kilkenny/Charles and Sweeney//Magovern [closed]

On both sides of my father's line, I have hit brick walls. I have not learned much information about these grandparents, nor do I know about any of their parents. Here s what I have: Anthony ...
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How to find additional information pertaining to little known ancestors?

I have an Irish ancestor having a surname of Lynn. Anna Lynn is my Great Grandmother and 100% Irish. Her parents came to either New York or New Jersey around 1870. At some unknown point the family ...
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Translating a handwritten Ireland baptism record

I have a record of Martin Ryan baptism by Rootsireland record but it doesn't have everything the original document has. Rootsireland record: Registers.nli.ie record (https://registers.nli.ie/...
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Meaning of conditional residence in 1871 baptismal record in Kilkenny, Ireland?

In Catholic Parish baptism register entry for Slieverue, Kilkenny in 1871, the place of residence for parents say "Ballinamona (conditional). What is the meaning of conditional residence?
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Tracing an ancestor from Scotland back to Ireland?

I have a brick wall with Robert Ferrier born circa 1817 to David Ferrier and Margaret McLachlan. He died 15th May 1899 in Houston Renfrewshire. He married Flora McKay 12 July 1840 in Paisley. I have ...
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Derivation of the Irish surname Hamil (is it from Hamuel in the bible)?

My last name is Hamil and my family genealogy comes from Ireland. An individual who researched the family states that Hamil is a variation of the Hamuel found in the Bible who is a descendant of ...
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DNA origins on Ancestry

About 6 months ago I had my DNA tested through Ancestry and am currently building my family tree. In my DNA origins it is showing, on my paternal side, that my ancestors 100% originated in East Mayo ...
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Petty Sessions Court Registers, Dublin, Ireland, 21/02/1873

Ireland, Dublin, Drumcondra: Petty Sessions Court Registers Image 21/02/1873. Interested in understanding script on top under particulars of order or dismissal column as indicated/marked up for ...
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Looking for the birth place of Michael Joseph Farrell

I'm looking for the birth place of Michael Joseph Farrell, who according to family search died in 1981 in Chester and was born in April 1926. He married Veronica M Kelly in Chester in 1956. There ...
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Verifying a record of a death on board an emigrant ship?

My ancestor Johanna Foley Desmond immigrated from Ireland with her husband Timothy Desmond on board the Bark ARGYLE. The ship's registry just states "Died 20 May 1849" by her name on the ...
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Sources of cabinet-making apprentices in Ireland around 1815-1830?

My great-great-grandfather Charles Frazer, a 'wild Irish republican' according to family folklore, was a master cabinet-maker in Tasmania. He was very cagey about his roots about which nothing ...
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Arrival ports for Irish Immigrants to the US?

I'm trying to find my Irish ancestors point of entry. My Great Great Grandparents were married in 1869 in Ireland. Their first child my Great Grandmother was born in the U.S. either New York or New ...
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Trying to find Archibald McAllister in Ireland after his birth about 1788?

I am looking for an Archibald McAllister (various spellings including Mac Alester) who in the 1841 Census in St Quivox, Ayrshire, Scotland is recorded as being born around 1788 in Ireland. His ...
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