Posts by Kay Caball

Revenue Man in Kerry 1869 (2)

Revenue Man in Kerry 1869 (2)

Ebenezer Turner, an Inland Revenue Officer, spent six years in Milltown “a somewhat squalid village” between 1869 and 1874.  Second instalment. I would like to thank Dr. John Knightly for allowing me to copy this from his post in the Milltown & Castlemaine Down Memory Lane FB  page. In this second post Ebenezer Turner  paints […]

Revenue man in Kerry 1869 (1)

Revenue man in Kerry 1869 (1)

I would like to thank Dr. John Knightly for allowing me to copy this from his post in the Milltown & Castlemaine Down Memory Lane FB  page. In this first post this Revenue Officer paints a vivid picture of life in Milltown and its surrounds just twenty years after the Famine. Ebenezer Turner, the Inland […]

Freeholders of Co. Kerry 1736

Freeholders of Co. Kerry 1736

From Mary Agnes Hickson’s Selections from Old Kerry Records (1872) & (1874) available from Archive CD Books Ireland. Lists of people, known as freeholders, who voted at elections or were entitled to vote. The entitlement to vote was restricted to men who owned land outright or held it by lease.  In Ireland, during the 18th […]

Kerry OSI Letter Books 1834-1841

Kerry OSI Letter Books 1834-1841

I posted a blog headed Maps of Co. Kerry 1834 & 1893  a couple of months ago.  That blog outlined in particular the historic maps available to help Kerry people researching their ancestors, to visualise the county/parish/townland in pre-Famine times. To-day I want to bring to your attention the Ordnance Survey of Ireland letters relating to […]

The Kerry Girls Christmas 2016

The Kerry Girls Christmas 2016

Radio Kerry will broadcast a one hour documentary on The Kerry Girls: Emigration & The Earl Grey Scheme, on Christmas Day at 2pm.   The documentary, produced by J.J. O’Shea will feature snippets from yours truly as well as a range of contributors.  Over a month in Australia in Spring of 2016, J.J. interviewed a number of […]

Wetting the Calf in Kerry

Wetting the Calf in Kerry

My blog to-day came to me courtesy of An Tinteán, which is a magazine published monthly in Melbourne, Australia.   It is an excerpt from a book by Muiris O’Bric Spotsholas na nDaoine, published in 1995. I thought it was a really nice piece and would like to share it with my readers. The Birthing     […]

Kerry 1834-1841

Kerry 1834-1841

The Ordnance Survey letters in regard to Kerry 1834-1841 are a valuable resource for the local historian.  The collection, commonly known as O’Donovan’s Ordnance Survey Letters, after the historian, John O’Donovan (1806-1861), who led the project are now available online here. In the early 1820s, a consistent island-wide valuation of property in Ireland was initiated by […]

Killorglin History & Archives

Killorglin History & Archives

This week I am delighted to bring you, with their permission, some photos and videos from a great website Killorglinarchives.com.  The aim of the Killorglin Archive Society is collecting, collating and archiving old photographs, recordings and films that capture the essence of life in Killorglin parish over the last century.   But there is much […]

Kerry Girl Returns

Kerry Girl Returns

On Thursday 6th October I had the pleasure of meeting up with Noni Rush in Tralee. Noni Rush, is a great great granddaughter of Margaret O’Sulivan (Cooper) one of the twenty five Kenmare girls who left Kenmare Workhouse in early December 1849 for a new life in Australia, as part of the Earl Grey Orphan […]

Your Kerry Ancestors in USA

Your Kerry Ancestors in USA

Last week I explained that the first bit of research when tracing the path of your Kerry ancestors should be done ‘at home’. If your ancestor was an immigrant to the United States ‘at home’ means in the records available in the U.S; wherever the emigrant settled. If you don’t already know it, you need […]

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