Monthly Archives: June 2013

Free Irish Records for 4 Days

Via John Reid’s Anglo-Celtic Connections, Findmypast is offering free access to its Irish birth, marriage, and death records for four days, from 27-30 June.

This gesture of generosity from the UK-based Findmypast as an apparent commemoration of the destruction by fire of massive amounts of documents (the 19th-century Irish census returns, for example: sob!) during the Irish Civil War? Well, that’s a bit weird, perhaps, but eh, sure, whatever. Free is free, and Findmypast has an impressive store of databases and documents.

How tall was Denis Killeen?

How tall was my 3x-great-grandfather Denis Killeen (1786-1850)?

According to his record of service, he was 5 foot 8 when he enlisted in the 97th Regiment of Foot at the age of 18, in 1804; and six years later, at the age of 24, he was 5 foot 10:

Denis Killeen, Canada, British Regimental Registers of Service, 1756-1900

Denis Killeen, Canada, British Regimental Registers of Service, 1756-1900

This from a newly added database at ancestry.ca: Canada, British Regimental Registers of Service, 1756-1900.

Note: Ancestry.ca has recently added a number of new databases. Worth checking out.