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Emigrant Ship from Dingle 1847

Emigrant Ship from Dingle 1847

This is a record newly come to light, thanks to Dr. Conor Brosnan’s research.  Dingle Historical Society hosted an illustrated  talk on The Great Famine in the Dingle Peninsula delivered by Dr. Brosnan, in the Skellig Hotel, Dingle on 13th August last.   To a packed house of more than 300 people, Dr. Brosnan gave a […]

Kerry to Denver & Back to Co. Kerry

Kerry to Denver & Back to Co. Kerry

From Denver County to County Kerry: An American Adoptee Explores Her Irish Roots (Part I)     I first met Marsi in 2017 when at Lorna Moloney Clans & Surnames Conference  in Nenagh.  Lorna asked me if I could give any help to one of the group who was exploring her probable Irish ancestry.  As one […]

O’Sullivan-Glannie Kerry

O’Sullivan-Glannie Kerry

I get a lot of email queries asking about different branches of the O’Sullivan (Sullivan) families in Kerry.  See an earlier blog with an overall summary.  To-day I have a first hand account of a number of the O’Sullivan branch names from the Kilgarvan area  and their home locations from Sean O’Sullivan of Tuosist The […]

Fitzmaurices, Lords of Kerry, Barons of ...

Fitzmaurices, Lords of Kerry, Barons of Lixnaw

The Fitzmaurice family were established in Kerry c.1235.   Next Sunday 28 April 2019, Lixnaw Heritage & Historical Group are holding a conference, examining the history of this important clan.   I am currently researching and writing a book provisionally titled The Fall of The Fitzmaurices: The Demise of Kerry’s First Family, and  I will be one […]

Kerry Land & Tenant Rentals

Kerry Land & Tenant Rentals

Very few Kerry Estate or Kerry Tenant Rentals have been digitised but details of some are available in various archives. During the 18th and 19th centuries, Kerry became predominantly owned by English landlords and by Anglo-Irish families who were granted land in return for various services.  These lands, or estates were typically divided into small-holdings […]

Kerry Baptism Records

Kerry Baptism Records

Baptisms in Kerry in nineteenth century Finding  a record of your Kerry ancestor’s baptism or birth  is the ultimate goal of everyone tracing his  or her ancestry.   So why can’t we find some baptismal records?   What were the norms surrounding baptisms in 19th century Kerry?   What details are included in baptismal records? Baptisms in Church […]