I'm new to the Antrim (and indeed the Ireland) board, having thus far focused on English, Scottish and US research. Aghadowey wisely directed me here as a beginner, so far as Irish research is concerned.
My 4x g-grandmother was Ann nee Wylie/Wyllie. I have known for some time that she was born in Ireland, but only recently have pinned it down to Antrim through her 1903 American death certificate which helpfully specifies the county.
(I know that death certificates aren't the most reliable thing in the world, but the other US death certificates in the family specifying Scottish birthplaces have turned out to be accurate. It looks as though the younger generations were reasonably clued up on their family history)
Here's what I have on Ann:Birth
: Sep 1818 (per 1861 Scotland census) or 18 Sep 1819 (per 1903 death certificate) in Ireland (1861, 1871 Scotland census, 1900 US census) Co. Antrim (per death cert)Sister
: Lilias or Lillias Wylie, b abt 1832 Antrim, lodging with Ann and family in Kilmarnock in 1851. Lilias married a William Roberts in Kilmarnock, 1853 and lived in Scotland for the rest of her life, dying at the age of 90. Parents
: William Wylie and Mary Currie, both born Scotland (per Ann's death cert) but in the 1880 and 1900 US censuses Ann gave mother's birthplace as Ireland, father's as Scotland (NB Lilias' death certificate names parents as James Wylie and Mary Currie)Marriage
: to Robert J. Barnes b abt 1820 in Ireland, county unspecified, parents David Barnes and Hannah Spear, both born Scotland. (I have not found Ann and Robert's marriage, and do not know whether it was in Ireland or Scotland)Children
(1) Mary C. Barnes, 18 Sep 1842 Kilmarnock, Ayr (per all records, though no trace of a baptism found) - my 3x g-grandmother.
(2) David Barnes, b abt 1845 Ireland
(3) William Wyllie Barnes b Nov 1846 Ireland (per US records)
(4) Robert J. Barnes b Feb 1849 Kilmarnock
(5) Hannah Barnes b 1851 Kilmarnock died 1870 Dundee
(6) Ann Jane Barnes b 1856 Kilmarnock
(7) James Banks Barnes b 1858 KilmarnockEmigration
: to Massachusetts on the "Batavia" in March 1872Death
: 1 Dec 1903, Medford, Massachusetts
Sorry for such a long post, but I know it often helps to have the detail. I know a great deal more about the later, American stage of this family's life. What I'd love to do is make progress with Ann's early life in Antrim - find a birth, any further siblings, more about her parents about whom I know nothing other than what is above, find her marriage to Robert Barnes and the births of their Irish-born children David and William. I'd also love to find out more about Robert, though since I can't narrow him down to a county I suspect that may be more difficult.
Any guidance would be greatly appreciated