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Kerry Ancestral Search in offbeat places

Kerry Ancestral Search in offbeat places

You have checked the usual – the 1901 and 1911 Census, then Griffith’s Valuation and if you are really interested and want to pin down an earlier ancestor, then you have also tried and probably struggled to find your family name on the Tithe Applotment books. The original census returns for 1861 and 1871 were […]

The Kerry Chain

The Kerry Chain

This week I was given a really good genealogical book on Kerry (and West Limerick) emigration to Canada.  The Book is called The Kerry Chain, The Limerick Link* and it is by Carol McCuaig.       Carol has conducted painstaking research in both Canada and Ireland,   and it basically tells the story of […]

The Brick Wall … Again!

The Brick Wall …  Again!

Some time back – in July – I wrote about the Brick Wall and recommended a number of solutions to get through the wall.   One of the solutions was that it was probably time to hire a professional genealogist!     Well here I am to-day and I have definitely hit a brick wall with […]

Immigrant Ships from Tralee

This morning I have been researching and then uploading Passenger Lists from a number of Ships that left Tralee for America and Canada from 1851 to 1858.  I have listed on Links & Resources, 12 Ships, where it is possible to check the passengers’ names and I hope to add some more ships in the […]

Naming the Child (2)

Naming the Child (2)

I am back to Naming the Child again.   From a few recent search commissions that I have undertaken, I have seen again the importance in 19th Century Ireland of the naming of the children, in particular the male children.  The continuance of male family names down along the generations is easily the best clue […]

Famine Commemoration in Sydney

The International Famine Commemoration,  took place in Sydney last weekend.  This 14th Anniversary Gathering at Hyde Park Barracks was specially important for its emphasis this year on the Earl Grey ‘Orphans’.  Our own Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan  was the Guest of Honour. Jimmy is also the Chair of the Famine Commemoration […]

Remembering 117 Kerry Girls

Today, on the eve of the International Famine Commemoration in Sydney, we are remembering 117 of our Kerry girls who were part of the 4000+ girls who went  from Irish workhouses in 1849/1850 to New South Wales and Adelaide. For those of you who may not know, these 117 Kerry girls went to Australia  from […]

Naming the Child

Naming the Child

In researching your Kerry Ancestors, there are a few hints and tips that will help you to locate your family, all in the naming of the individual members which in the 19th Century was quite structured. Surnames Spellings of surnames until recent times, was erratic to say the least.  Registrations of Baptisms until 1864 could […]

Townlands, Parishes, Baronies

Townlands, Parishes, Baronies

TOWNLANDS There are 2756 townlands in Kerry.  That is enough to faze anyone not familiar with the County, in their search for ancestors.   Added to that is the complication of different spellings used at different times for exactly the same places.  It is important to get to know your ancestor’s townland, when you want […]

 
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