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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 […]

Search Terms – Church Records

Townlands, Parishes, Baronies, Poor Law Unions In Tuesday”s blog, we dealt with Civil Parishes – the ones you will need to be familiar with if researching Tithe Applotment Books or Griffiths Valuation. If you are looking up Births, Deaths, Marriages through Irish Genealogy or the GRO (General Register Office)  you will be dealing generally with […]

Townlands, Parishes, Baronies, Poor Law ...

Townlands, Parishes, Baronies While helping at the recent Kerry Genealogy Roadshow in Castle Island, it was very clear that there is a lot of confusion amongst those starting to trace their ancestors, between Parishes and Townlands mostly and also a general unawareness of the different Kerry Baronies. To-day we will start with Civil Parishes. Civil […]

Have you hit a brick wall?

Have you hit a brick wall?

I was fascinated by a blog that I came across last week and I wanted to share it with you.   Ellen and Elizabeth run a great Genealogy site in the US under the title of  Ancestry Sisters. You may be just beginning your research or you may have hit the proverbial wall and be […]

Lawrence Collection

The Lawrence Collection of Kerry images- From the National Library of Ireland The Lawrence Collection consists of 40,000 glass plate negatives from 1870-1914. The images were produced commercially and capture scenes of that period throughout Ireland. The bulk of the outdoor images were taken by Robert French, the Lawrences’ chief photographer [re-tweet]

Tralee Traders in 1856

I have been been reading through that interesting History of Kerry by M.F. Cusack, published ‘by subscription’ in 1871. While it is very descriptive and gives great insight to some of our more historic times, Mary Frances comes over as autocratic and someone not to be trifled with.  She explains in her Preface that ‘the […]

The Wild Colonial Boy – Castlemaine, Ke

The Wild Colonial Boy  – Castlemaine, Kerry or Castlemaine Victoria?

Where do you think the Wild Colonial Boy came from?    Like all Kerry people I believed (and still do) that Jack Duggan ‘was his name’, he was born and bred in Ireland in a place called Castlemaine’.    But last night on TG4 there was a counter argument that shock, horror, not alone was […]

Happy Fourth of July

  To-day in 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence, which proclaims the independence of the United States of America from Great Britain and its king. The declaration came 442 days after the first volleys of the American Revolution were fired at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts There were Irish […]

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