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Deciphering 1868 Irish marriage record?

Counkilla or Ceancullig (Gaelic: Ceann Coille) is located just north of Drimoleague. It is a townland in Drimoleague parish. Clearly there are numerous spelling variations of this place that you may ...
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What is written over some of these Irish birth records?

I can't read the script yet. But we can say what it meant - if you look at the vertical annotation to the right, it explains that the registrations were cancelled because the qualification of the ...
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What newspapers/magazines would people have used in Solloghodmore Ireland around 1850?

Most countries have what was called a "Union List of Newspapers", published by their National Library. These are now being migrated to online catalogues and databases. As SOLLOGHODMORE is in ...
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Seeking informational resources on “Robinson” family name origin?

As it is a patronymically derived name ..."Robin's son", the likelihood of there being any single attributable geographic origin is very unlikely. Surname distribution maps derived from census ...
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Field family motto

There is no such thing as a family coat of arms (or whatever). Arms are granted to specific people and may then descend to eldest sons etc. Anyone else with that surname is not legally allowed to ...
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Understanding Irish Baptismal registration of Owen Leahy in 19 Aug 1852

First, a note on how to read this page. This documents the baptism and "reception into the church" of multiple people, one per line. Only the first date of each month is fully spelled out, ...
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What is written over some of these Irish birth records?

Great explanation from @AdrianB38! It appears to me that the script reads, "Tabulate."
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Understanding Irish marriage certificate register abbreviations?

I think it is "St." from the address "Cumberland St.", which encroaches on the next box. The bar of the "t" is detached, as in "Cottages" in the groom's address, and the dot is elongated, so that it ...
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Understanding Cursive /Joined Writing in Irish Register Death

The name is Robert Gibson. If there is a name I cannot read – which happens fairly often – then I will turn to what I can read first, and see if that helps to track it down. In this case, given this ...
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Deciphering Irish Locations & Names (1873 Marriage License)

I'm wondering if the clerk might have mis-heard the name Listowel. For pronunciations see https://forvo.com/word/listowel/ Wikipedia's article on Listowel says: Listowel (/lɪsˈtoʊl/; Irish: ...
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Locating information on John Megone from 1800's Ireland

When I get stuck, I find it helpful to step back from where I am and review what I already have, starting over again as if the problem was completely new to me, and pretending that I am a complete ...
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Understanding Irish marriage certificate register abbreviations?

I agree with Andy's assessment, that the mystery abbreviation is the "St" from Cumberland St. I know very little about the archiving process of Irish marriage records, but I would add that this ...
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Finding place of origin for Irish ancestors

I can confirm that there are no passenger lists for travel between England & Ireland. It was a short domestic journey and no records have ever been kept for that sort of travel. Check the 1851 ...
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Understanding B.D. abbreviation on Irish Marriage Register

I think B.D. is an abbreviation for By Dispensation. You may be able to locate a separate Dispensation Record. From What is a Dispensation Record?: Marriage Dispensations were issued if there was a ...
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What does birthplace: "Cold Rain," Ireland imply?

As someone who lives a few miles from Coleraine, to me the town of Coleraine is where he was born. Simple as that. The 1831 census of Coleraine parish has 7 Stewart families in the town a mix of ...
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Interpreting part of Irish baptism entry

“Do” is short for “ditto.” So in both cases, the mother’s maiden name appears to have been the same as the father's. (With 2083, Walsh is one of the most common surnames in Ireland so that wouldn’t be ...
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Understanding Cursive /Joined Writing in Irish Register Death

The name appears to be "Robert". The initial capital is odd, but mainly because of the emphasized beginning loop. That is not a dash before "Gibson", it was intended to be the cross stroke for the "...
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Translating a handwritten Ireland baptism record

The parish register is in Latin. This is far from unusual in Roman Catholic registers from rural Irish parishes. The Irish Genealogy Toolkit has a useful page on Latin in Irish Catholic parish ...
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Meaning of conditional residence in 1871 baptismal record in Kilkenny, Ireland?

Even though (Conditional) is written in the Residence column, I suspect that it is the baptism which is Conditional rather than the residence because the Wikipedia entry for Conditional baptism says: ...
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Finding record of Peter J Starrs in USA prior to 1870 Census?

This is not a direct answer to the question but hopefully contains a few useful bits of information. First, the reason why you probably cannot find Peter and his family in the 1865 or 1875 New York ...
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Tracing an ancestor from Scotland back to Ireland?

A basic strategy for 'doing family history' is to start with what you know, and then work outward in small steps, rather than trying to take large leaps. One of our community members has described ...
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Looking to trace name of only witness via signature on Baptism Cert 1870 Dublin St Pauls

agree - Catherine King Just to clarify it's St. Paul's RC (i.e. Arran Quay), there was also a St. Paul's CofI nearby The residence on the (civil) birth registration is different for some reason, ...
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What does birthplace: "Cold Rain," Ireland imply?

In a different context, one of our community members cautioned against premature connectivitis syndrome (PCS) when connecting up people, and I think the advice to "think INCHWORM (rather than ...
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Seeking exact birthplace of Catherine Kennedy 1829-1893 in the Limerick area

Be aware that not all parishes in Co. Limerick have baptism records for 1829. Some parishes have gaps eg Fedamore which has no records between 1822 and 1854, and KIlfinane which don’t start till 1831. ...
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Is it possible to obtain a copy of the original record from 'Ireland Marriages 1845‐1958'

Try the following link, The GRO has been moved to Werburgh st. Dublin https://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/GRO_Research.aspx
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Deciphering Irish Locations & Names (1873 Marriage License)

I think Listowel is a good guess but based on that, then the maiden name may well be Garvin or Garvan. According to this site, incidence of that surname more likely in Cork area (based on 1901 census)....
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Looking for the birth place of Michael Joseph Farrell

There is a family tree on Ancestry.com that has a Michael J. Farrell who died in Chester in 1981. Born in Longford, Ireland in 1926. The only difference is the month; it gives September as the birth ...
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Determining birth year (~1837) and birthplace of Jeremiah Ryan from Drumwood, Tipperary, Ireland?

Jeremiah (aka Jerry aka Dermot aka Dimitrius) Ryan's baptism was on the 6th Feb 1832 in Cappawhite. He lived in Clouganiff aka Clonganhue, Tipperary. This is very close to Drumwood. His father was not ...
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Field family motto

The official keeper of the history of coats of arms in Britain is the College of Arms. They have an enquiry service and would be the ultimate reference. Anything beyond a simple enquiry is liable to ...
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