NLI’s RC Parish Registers Project

The National Library of Ireland's Catholic Parish Registers Digitisation Project is scheduled to launch on 8 July 2015 (see Catholic Parish Register Project Launch press release for details). John Grenham has seen the prototype, and reports that the images are "90 percent squint-free!"

Register of Notre Dame Basilica, Ottawa: Part 1

If you're looking for Catholic ancestors in the Bytown/Ottawa area and beyond (see below), you will probably (and by "probably" I mean "almost certainly") want to check the parish register for Notre Dame Basilica, Ottawa. The register is available online at two different sites: At FamilySearch.org, as part of their collection titled Ontario, Roman Catholic … Continue reading Register of Notre Dame Basilica, Ottawa: Part 1

From Ballymacegan, Lorrha, Tipperary to March Township, Carleton, Ontario

My Lahey ancestors came from Killycross Upper, Ballymacegan, Lorrha, Co. Tipperary, Ireland;[1. Killycross Upper and Killycross Lower were sub-townland denominations within the townland of Ballymacegan.] and emigrated to March Township, Carleton Co., Ontario, Canada from the mid-1820s to the early 1830s. And the reason why we have their townland of origin is that John Lahey, … Continue reading From Ballymacegan, Lorrha, Tipperary to March Township, Carleton, Ontario

Married twice (to the same spouse)

Except that, in the eyes of the Catholic Church (and, perhaps just as importantly, in the eyes of the bridegrooms' Catholic parents), the first marriage ceremonies did not count, because the brides had not been baptized. Yes, that's brides and bridegrooms in the plural, because: Two Gaffney brothers, the sons of Bernard Gaffney and Catherine … Continue reading Married twice (to the same spouse)

A Deathbed Conversion?

I'm adding the Rev. James R. Rossiter (1827-1862)┬áto my list of record-keepers who went above and beyond the call of (record-keeping) duty; and whose records, therefore, now offer researchers a little something more. This list also includes William Dowdall Pigott, census taker extraordinaire, whose 1851 enumeration of Fitzroy township, Carleton Co., Ontario includes an Irish … Continue reading A Deathbed Conversion?