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Roscommon Labourers and Tradesmen 1846

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 Small Sources 21.  This is a list of labourers and tradesmen employed at Kilronan Castle, Co. Roscommon during the half-year ending 1st May 1846, when it was the estate of the Tenison family.  The original document is in the National Library of Ireland (ref NLI Ms. 5101).   The list shows the name; townland in which the person lived; rate of pay; number of  days worked;  sum due;  amount paid;  and a column for a signature and notes. Only a few signed their names; the rest made their mark.  The standard payment was 8d (8 pence) per day.  Other rates of payment are indicated below.  Tradesmen were paid a higher rate e.g. 2/6 is 2 shillings and 6 pence per day.  The nature of the trades is not indicated, but these would logically be carpenters, masons, glaziers etc.   Owen Gaffney, paid 3d per day, is probably a boy.  All of the townlands which could be traced are in the civil parishes of Kiltoom, Kilronan or Ardcarn which are close to Kilronan castle.  Note that this period was in the middle of the Great Famine (1845-47) and labourers are one of the more difficult groups to trace in Irish genealogy.  Kilronan castle is now a luxury hotel and spa.    Ancestor Network will offer 1 free hour of research by a professional researcher to conduct further research on these individuals or others in these estate papers and/or to obtain copies of the original. Click here and quote ‘Roscommon SS21’  in the subject line. Read More

Place-names listed in our Gorey baptism records

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Celestine Murphy of Wexford Library has kindly provided an analysis of the place names listed in the Gorey baptisms in our last post.   This confirms that the records are all for the Gorey area.  the analysis below shows the place-name as it occurs in the record;  the modern spelling; and the modern parish in which it is located.   Celestine notes that these records would have been generated in the Parish of Kilanerin,  as this parish served as the centre for the registration of baptisms and marriages in Gorey at the time (1783-1790).  This was because the Ram family, local landlords,   there would not permit an RC priest or church in Gorey until about 1820.    Kilanerin parish was separated from Gorey parish  in 1845.     We are interested to hear if anyone has been able to make a connection to any of these names.

Place spelling in Ms            Modern spelling          Modern RC parish

Anagh/ Annagh/Anaah            Annagh                              Kilanerin

Aughullen                                    Aughullen                         Kilanerin

Balilusk                                        Ballylusk                            Kilanerin

Ballinglen                                     Ballinglin                            Gorey

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Baptisms in Franciscan Friary Wexford.   1780..  Francisc Library Ms C104

New Wexford Baptism records 1783-1790

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Small Sources 20:   These 126 baptisms took place in Wexford (probably in the Gorey area) between 1783 and 1790.   The originals are in the Franciscan Library, Killiney, Co. Dublin (Ms. C 104 – Baptisms). See www.franciscans.ie/friaries/killiney for more information on this archive.  We thank the Franciscan order for access to their records and for permission to publish.  They were transcribed by Jim Ryan of Ancestor Network.   Although a monastic order, the Franciscans provided the parish clergy in Wexford (and therefore maintained the Birth and Marriage records) until the 1840s.    Most of these Wexford records are already on-line on the National Library of Ireland website http://registers.nli.ie.  However, the Franciscan library was found to have some additional records which were not in these on-line records. These are in a soft-cover notebook and in some associated loose pages.  Some of the pages are very badly damaged. An example is shown below.     Based on the locations cited,  the baptisms would appear to be mainly from  the Gorey area.    Based on the hand-writing, several different priests compiled these entries.  The name spellings are as shown (i.e. Margret for Margaret, Cathrine for Catherine, Jone for Joan, Petter for Peter etc).    Spns. is Sponsors or god-parents,  and the baptisms were apparently conducted in the child’s home,  which would not have been unusual at the time.    Ancestor Network will offer 1 free hour of research by a professional researcher to  conduct further research on these individuals, and/or to obtain copies 0f the original. Click here and quote ‘Wexford SS12’ in the subject line. 

Baptisms in Franciscan Friary Wexford. 1780.. Francisc Library Ms C104

Jn May 1783

2 Baptised at Aughullen Patrick, for Michael & Anne Fannen,
Spns. Jon. Allen and Jone Murphy

5 Baptised at Monalee Mary, for Petter and Marjory Doyle
Spns. (blank)

6 Baptised at Gorey Allice, for Roger and Margret Mooney
Spns. Dennis Casey and Allice Kinck…logh

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Annie’s Letter – valuable lessons about research methodology,

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annie-front-covAnnie’s Letter, by Robert Burke (ISBN: 978-0-9539974-6-6 – details here)  is the true story of a search for Burke and Collingwood ancestors based on a family letter. It is extraordinary for several reasons, not least of which is the wonderful variety of family members uncovered. Admirals, farmers, surgeons and priests; widows and émigrés; rebels and conservatives; Irish, English, New Zealander and American are all part of the rich family tapestry which is unfolded. But perhaps most extraordinary is the eerie mix of coincidence and chance which assisted the search. The story focuses on the Burke family of Mayo and their extensive connections with Collis, Creagh, Mullay, Blake, Kirwan, Browne, O’Mahony, Collingwood (including Admiral Collingwood who served in the British Navy alongside Nelson) and many others.    The author was inspired by a letter written in about 1881 by his great-grandmother, Annie Goodwin Burke, giving various family details. The resulting 20 years of research led him to find ancestors in Ireland, UK, the West Indies, New Zealand and America. What sets it apart, however, are the anecdotes and extraordinary coincidences along the way.    Read More


Who Do You Think You Are

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Who Do You Think You Are

Under the umbrella of WDYTYA, this year’s show was held for the third time at the NEC, Birmingham. It was a very busy show with visitors from all over the United Kingdom as well as some from Ireland. And because many people now living in the UK have Irish heritage, there was great interest in Irish genealogists who came to the show.
In addition to the big four genealogy companies, Family Search, My Heritage, Ancestry and Find My Past, there were many smaller specialist and niche area stands from with many parts of England and Wales.
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