Posts in category County Kerry Civil Records

O’Sullivan Kerry & Beara

O’Sullivan Kerry & Beara

I get a large number of queries and consultations on Sullivan/O’Sullivan families both in Kerry and in the Kerry Catholic Diocese of the Beara Peninsula, so I thought they needed a blog of their own.  For the very few of you who don’t know the importance of the O’Sullivans to this part of Ireland, I […]

Kerry Landed Estate Courts

Kerry Landed Estate Courts

Landed Estates Court Rentals 1850-1885  on FindMyPast.ie are records that I have found very useful.  If your ancestor leased or rented land from any of the Landlords who had financial problems in the late 1860s – after the Famine, this land may have gone into the ‘Encumbered Estates’ and in the sales pitch to sell off […]

Quick Kerry Genealogy Tips

Quick Kerry Genealogy Tips

I think it might be better to keep my  opinion of Donald Trump to myself but I have to say that he seems to have awoken something in the Irish diaspora in the United States when he targeted  ’emigrants’/ ‘immigrants’ .  These words seem to have resonated with Irish descendants who had long ago half forgotten […]

Great Famine in Kerry 1847

Great Famine in Kerry 1847

This first-hand account – letters written from Kerry on a daily basis in April/May 1847 –  is one of the few contemporary records  of what was happening in Kerry during the Great Famine (1847-1852). Transcribed by myself (Kay Caball) from the handwritten letters in Quaker archives, October 2016. At a meeting of the Religious Society […]

A Kerry Funeral 1792

A Kerry Funeral 1792

We all know the importance of Kerry funerals but surely Lady Arabella Denny’s instructions and arrangements about her funeral are unusual to say the least. Wikipedia tells us that ‘Lady Arabella Fitzmaurice Denny (1707–1792) was an Irish philanthropist, and founder of the Magdalen Asylum for Protestant Girls in Dublin in 1765’.    Arabella was born in Lixnaw, the daughter of Thomas […]

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 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 […]

Kerry Family History & Ancestry

Kerry Family History & Ancestry

Well Autumn 2016 has arrived and I am back determined to take up regular blogging again. I just was so busy researching and tracing ancestors all Summer that as a result my blogs took a back seat.  As well as that, a number of clients for whom I had completed  research on their Kerry families over […]

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