Samuel Morrison: from Northern Ireland to Ottawa, Canada

A reader is looking for more information about his grandfather, Samuel Morrison. Samuel Morrison was born about 1882 in Northern Ireland, presumably Co. Down, the son of Samuel Morrison and Elizabeth (maiden name unknown). In the 1901 and 1911 Irish census returns, he can be found at Shore Street, Killyleagh, Co. Down, with his parents … Continue reading Samuel Morrison: from Northern Ireland to Ottawa, Canada

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!"

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

“Some of the lands being misnamed, others not named”

One of the challenges of Irish genealogy is that of identifying and locating townlands, the names and spellings of which can vary across time, and, even within the same time period, from one source to another. For a discussion of some of the difficulties, see Dr. Jane Lyons, The Townland: How to Use In Genealogy. … Continue reading “Some of the lands being misnamed, others not named”

Tithe Applotment Books Online: Location Errors

It's wonderful to have online access to The Tithe Applotment Books, but there are some issues. The problems are described by Dr. Paul MacCotter, in a post that carries the rather ominous title "The Tithe Applotment Books Online: a health warning," and are also addressed by John Grenham ("Problems with the Tithe Books"). I have to agree … Continue reading Tithe Applotment Books Online: Location Errors

Marriage of Edmund Conroy and Margo Jemmison

If, as promised in December 2014, the National Library of Ireland launches a website with digitized images of its Roman Catholic parish register microfilms, this will be a game changer for Irish genealogy and family history research.[1.  And I shouldn't say if, I should say when (the NLI's Parish Registers Digitisation Project is currently scheduled to … Continue reading Marriage of Edmund Conroy and Margo Jemmison