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!"
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
As I've mentioned before, 19th-century Roman Catholic burial records did not generally record a cause of death for the deceased, but there were exceptions to this general rule. In cases where a death was considered unusually tragic, dramatic, or violent, the priest might note the cause of death in the parish register. Here's an interesting … Continue reading The hazards of early settler life
Coming up: some search tips for the parish register of Notre Dame Basilica, Ottawa. An unwieldy parish register (full of perils and pitfalls, and hence the need for tips and tricks), but also a very important parish register for anyone searching for Catholic ancestors in the Bytown/Ottawa area and beyond. Below: my high school graduation … Continue reading Notre Dame Basilica, Ottawa
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
Thomas Hourigan and John Hourigan were born in March township on 14 September 1849, the sons of Patrick Hourigan and Ann Teevens. I have no idea whether they were identical, or fraternal, twins, but in any case, the priest who baptized the infants -- Fr. J. Ryan -- made an interesting distinction between the two:[1. … Continue reading Hourigan twins baptized
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)
I'm adding the Rev. James R. Rossiter (1827-1862) to 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?