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 the past year, visited County Kerry  and I was able to meet with them and share their excitement at finding the townlands and even the land that their great and great-great ancestors had left in the 19th century.  I will share some of these stories with my readers over the next couple of weeks.

mka-blog-irish-genealogyAs well as my own research, we have had an abundance of online records released from both the National Archves and Dept of Socal Protection.   The latter include not just the Civil Indexes but images (in most cases) of the actual records of births over 100 years ago, Marriages over 75 years ago and Deaths over 50 years ago of the General Register Office (GRO).

Online records available now from the National Archives:

From 15 September 2016, you can access six major new record series on this site: Prerogative and diocesan copies of some wills and indexes to others, 1596 – 1858 Diocesan and Prerogative Marriage Licence Bonds Indexes, 1623 – 1866 Catholic qualification & convert rolls, 1700 – 1845 Valuation Office house, field, tenure and quarto books 1824 – 1856 Shipping agreements and crew lists, 1863 – 1921 Will Registers 1858 – 1900 All of these records are free to access, through searchable databases and linked images of relevant pages. Eventually, we hope that the site will contain all of the important and easily accessible genealogical material in the custody of the National Archives.


  1. marian fitzgerald marian fitzgerald
    September 22, 2016    

    Kay Great to have you back and keep up the good work you are fantastic and such a great source of information best wishes Marian Fitzgerald

  2. Michael Dunne Michael Dunne
    September 22, 2016    

    Thank You Kay for this formidable list of sources. I wish it was available when I started my family tree research in 2003. Go nÉirghidh an tÁdh Leat

  3. sue lannen sue lannen
    September 22, 2016    

    Hi Kay, My 3rd G Grandfather was William Brereton B 07.05.1796 Killivilla T ipperary.
    In January 1822 He was murdered by rebels while driving a mail coach between Killarney and Mill St.
    I have the inscription from his gravestone that was placed by his employer but it just says buried in a churchyard in Killarney.
    He left 5 children and a pregnant wife. We are travelling to Ireland in March from Australia and I would like to visit the grave, but I am unable to find which churchyard..
    I have emailed several churches in Killarney that I got off Google but no responce.
    Would appreciate any assistance you may be able to give
    Sue Lannen

    • Kay Caball Kay Caball
      September 23, 2016    

      Sue, could you send me anything you have on this inscription please. Is at an image or ?? I will have a go at locaing the graveyard then.

      • sue lannen sue lannen
        September 23, 2016    

        Hi Kay, this is the inscription. “sacred to the memory of William Brereton late of the RH Artillery, whose mortal remains were deposited here after he was brutally murdered by the Rebels on the……..January……near Knocknacoffal Chapel when escorting his Majesty’s Mail by day between Killarney and Mill St through the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ alone, he looked for salvation knowing than in man there is nothing to command him to a merciful and just God. In memory of his strict fidelity and courage this stone is placed here by his employer C D Oliver Esq.
        Footnote In a Churchyard in Killarney. Ref No 641 Vol 15 O’Keef, Mang, Slieve Logherr & Upper Blackwater

        Regards Sue Lannen

        • Kay Caball Kay Caball
          October 15, 2016    

          Sue, I checked this in O’Kief Cois Mange and they copied it from ‘Memorials of the Dead Counties Cork & Kerry) from Volume iv. However is does not give the locaiton of the burial ground in question, it just says ‘In churchard, Killarney’. In my opinion this would be either Aghadoe Old Cemetary or Muckross Abbey. I have done a good bit of research on ths but can’t come up with a definite place.

  4. Diarmuid Sugrue Diarmuid Sugrue
    October 3, 2016    

    Re National Bank Account Holders: Please check source. These-from research are SHAREHOLDERS. Account holders were never published. Please adjust once you are satisfied that I am Right- Sincerely Derry

    • Kay Caball Kay Caball
      November 8, 2016    

      Diarmuid, I am sorry but I think I am right! I doubt if individual nuns were shareholders in the National Bank and my sources specify ‘Accout Holders’. But keep checking me because by a long shot I am not always right. Kay

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