Posts in category County Kerry Church Records

Finding Your Ancestors in Kerry

Finding Your Ancestors in Kerry

After a hectic September, I am finally getting down to ‘promoting’ my book Finding Your Ancestors in Kerry, which was launched by Jimmy Deenihan T.D., Minister for Diaspora Affairs on Monday 7th September, to a full house in the Kerry County Library, Moyderwell, Tralee. The book is a comprehensive guide to tracing your ancestors in […]

Flyleaf Press publishes “Findin...

Flyleaf Press publishes “Finding Your Ancestors in Kerry”

I am delighted to let you know that my guide to finding your Kerry Ancestors was published yesterday by Flyleaf Press.  With a comprehensive list of sources dealing with Kerry records – Census & Census Substitutes, Church & Civil Records, Wills, Land Records, Newspapers, Family Histories, Gravestones, Further Reading on Kerry History & Society you will […]

History of Indexing Kerry Registers

History of Indexing Kerry Registers

There is such confusion regarding the Indexing and general ‘who did what, when’ regarding Kerry Catholic Parish Registers that I thought this article written by Tommy O’Connor (now Kerry County Librarian) in 1989 in the The Kerry Magazine would clear up a number of misconceptions.

Questions on Kerry Catholic Parish Re...

Questions on Kerry Catholic Parish Registers

Questions and explanations.  The very welcome release of the Catholic Parish Registers online has prompted a number of questions from Kerry descendants. The question bothering most enquirers is ‘Why does xxx parish register only start 1840’?  or ‘Where are the records before 1780 for xxxx parish?

Latin in the Kingdom of Kerry 1875

Latin in the Kingdom of Kerry 1875

Rev William Hickey, Protestant rector of Bannow, who wrote under the pen-name of Martin Doyle and who died in 1875[1] gives us an account  titled  ‘In the Kingdom of Kerry, where rich and poor are or were some time ago, classical scholars’. He tells of travelling in Kerry in the 1860s and coming across a […]

Latin In Kerry Catholic Registers

Latin  In Kerry Catholic Registers

Latin Translations of Kerry Catholic Registers Here are some phrases and names that you will be coming across when you are researching the newly released Kerry Catholic Registers.  Once you are familiar with the format, they are almost all entered with the same Latin phrases.

Kerry Catholic Parish Registers

Kerry Catholic Parish Registers

So the big day has arrived and the Kerry Catholic Parish Registers are now open and freely available to all from a great site on the National Library of Ireland Kerry Catholic Parish Registers.   There has been huge interest from home and right across the world.  There has been a bit of frustration too. […]

Kerry Catholic Parish Registers

Kerry Catholic Parish Registers

Kerry Catholic Baptism & Marriage Registers It is all good news to-day on the Church records.  Next Wednesday afternoon 8th July, the Catholic Church Parish records will be released on their website  by the National Library. As the NLI currently state on their website ‘For most family history researchers, parish registers provide the earliest direct source […]

Honora Daly from ‘The Lakes of ...

Honora Daly from ‘The Lakes of Killarney’

Imagine my surprise and delight when I received an email out of the blue, last week from a gentleman in Victoria, Australia asking me to check if there was any possibility that his Great Grandmother – Honora Daly (Willoughby) might be one of the Killarney girls who went to Adelaide on the Earl Grey Scheme […]

Kerry Catholic Church Records

Kerry Catholic Church Records

Readers who have been following my blog will know that I have a particular interest (or obsession some might say) with the Catholic Church Records in Kerry.   We have many parishes where records are ‘missing’, illegible or in very poor condition.   We also have situations where original records that are currently available on the National […]

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