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Claiming noble title of Earl in Ireland that seems to have died out?

Short version: Almost certainly not. Long version: To find out the rules of inheritance for a Irish peerage*, you would need to check the letters patent. These will specify how the inheritance ...
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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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Getting started in Irish research?

I've been putting off research in Ireland, because I haven't been able to get far back enough in the USA to make the leap across the water, so this answer will be based on search results more than ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to obtain a copy of the original record from 'Ireland Marriages 1845‐1958'

The simplest method is to order a copy of the register from GRO Ireland in Roscommon. Research copies can (as of March 2016) be obtained for €4. I do not believe there is currently the facility to ...
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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 20th Century Irish Ship Passenger to New York on Manifest?

This will be a multi-part answer because I am still not certain exactly what the question is asking. Since the original question suggests that the research subject may have come to the USA, I'll ...
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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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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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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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Reading Irish birthplace on 1851 Wales Census?

I think it simply says 'British', indicating his nationality. Note that in 1851, Ireland was still part of the United Kingdom. Added in response to the comments: It certainly was not necessary for ...
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Did indentured servants in 1700s Pennsylvania receive different types of land warrants from what other immigrants to PA received?

You're probably aware already that Pennsylvania's land records are defined and issued by the Commonwealth and not by the Federal Government. This is kind of obvious, since the Federal Government ...
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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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What records exist for survivors of the Spanish Armada?

Some ships were sent from Flanders to Scotland to return survivors back to Spain. A full account of the fate of survivors can be found in: The Downfall of the Spanish Armada in Ireland by Ken Douglas ...
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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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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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