Translating French Records: Catholic Marriage Records

Of the three types of Roman Catholic records most commonly used for genealogical purposes (baptismal, marriage, and burial), marriage records are often the most useful, and potentially the most complex. Most useful because of the sheer amount of genealogical information that can often be gleaned from a Catholic marriage record. While a baptismal record will … Continue reading Translating French Records: Catholic Marriage Records

“Missing Friends” advertisements

Are you looking for someone who emigrated from Ireland to North America in the nineteenth century? Welcome to the club! The booming business of Irish genealogy indicates that we are not alone. And their early twenty-first-century descendants are not the first to have searched for some of these emigrants. In the nineteenth century, the friends … Continue reading “Missing Friends” advertisements

Marriage of Michael Dwyer and Honora Benton

Honora Benton was born in Cappawhite, Co. Tipperary in 1818 (baptized 13 December 1818), the daughter of Thomas Benton and Catherine Dwyer. A couple of years earlier, herĀ father Thomas Benton had served as sponsor/godfather to Mary Dwyer, baptized 17 April 1816, the daughter of Timothy Dwyer and Honora Benton. So here we have a couple … Continue reading Marriage of Michael Dwyer and Honora Benton

“Of the Rail Road in this mission”

Thomas Benton (1826-1890) was born in Cappawhite, Co. Tipperary, Ireland, the son of Thomas Benton and Catherine ("Kitty") Dwyer. Of these facts I am now reasonably certain (which is to say, as certain as one can ever be when it comes to 19th-century Irish genealogy). But for the longest time, I had only "Thomas Benton, … Continue reading “Of the Rail Road in this mission”

SMASH! (that sound you just heard …

... was me smashing through a brick wall). Last May, I asked whether my brick-wall ancestor Thomas Benton might have been the son of Thomas Benton and Catherine Dwyer of Cappawhite, Tipperary. And the answer is Yes. If you have Irish Catholic ancestors, I cannot overemphasize the tremendous importance of the Catholic parish registers. In … Continue reading SMASH! (that sound you just heard …