Skip to main content

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 […]

Finding Your Ancestors in Kerry

Finding Your Ancestors in Kerry

I seem to have been ‘off the air’ for the past two or three weeks, all for a good cause though.  With all the different 1916/2016 commemorations the last few weeks have been a bit hectic.  On Easter Monday I was at the day long commorative tribute in Dublin, the highlight being the National Commemoration […]

The Kenmare Girls

The Kenmare Girls

On 6 December 1849, the John Knox sailed out of Plymouth with twenty five  Kenmare girls departing on the Earl Grey ‘Orphan’ Scheme for Sydney.   There were two hundred and seventy nine girls in all from Ireland on board. By October 1849, Lieut. Henry had been to Kenmare and made his selection:, ‘Lieut  Henry RN, Emigration Agent […]

Kerry Birth Deaths & Marriage Registrati

Kerry Registration Districts can be the cause of a lot of confusion.  Hopefully this will help. Prior to 1864, we are reliant on Baptismal records (where available) to trace County Kerry Ancestors.  From 1864 onwards the Poor Law Unions became known as Superintendent Registrar’s Districts.    This was in order to put in place and keep […]