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 […]
The Ordnance Survey letters in regard to Kerry 1834-1841 are a valuable resource for the local historian. The collection, commonly known as O’Donovan’s Ordnance Survey Letters, after the historian, John O’Donovan (1806-1861), who led the project are now available online here. In the early 1820s, a consistent island-wide valuation of property in Ireland was initiated by […]
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 […]
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 […]
Thirty five Killarney girls were meant to sail on the Elgin from Plymouth to Adelaide, (Southern Australia) on 31 May 1849. Finding the identity of these thirty five girls has been a major problem for me, since starting the research on the book The Kerry Girls: Emigration & the Earl Grey Scheme.
Even writing the above headline, brings on angst. If there is one question that I am asked, more than any other, it is ‘How can I find my Kerry ancestor’s birth or marriage records ?’
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 […]