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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 […]

Emigrant Travel Costs

Emigrant Travel Costs

When searching for your Kerry ancestors who emigrated, whether to England, Canada, America or the New World countries of Australia and New Zealand, always take into account the cost of the fare and who might have paid it.   Would your Great Great grandfather have had the money to pay the passage or would a […]

Post-Civil War Compensation List Kerry

Post-Civil War Compensation List Kerry

Post Civil War Compensation  List for County Kerry County Kerry Claims for compensation for loss of or damage to property that occurred as a result of military action between July 1921 and March 1923, under the Damage to Property (Compensation) Act, 1923 are now available  at the National Archives.   I have been going through […]

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 […]

 
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