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Dolans of Kings County
« on: Sunday 19 July 15 20:24 BST (UK) »
Hello,

I'm trying to find out about my great grandfather, John Dolan about whom I know very little. As is no doubt the case with many people the death of both my parents within a year of each other has spurred me to seek out information that I fear may now be lost for good.

From the 1911 English census I know he was born in Kings County in around 1868. The 1901 census only lists Ireland as his birthplace. I live in hope that the 1921 census when we get to see it will show Irish towns and villages as well as counties. John married Ellen Reddington (or Redington) in around 1897. My granddad (another John) was their first child, born in Salford in 1898. Ellen was from Wexford but whether she and John met elsewhere in Ireland and married before they came to England, or else met and married here I've no idea.

These are the only concrete facts I have about my g grandparents. Ancestry lists a single John Dolan born in Kings (Shinrone) in 1868 and given that we share a birthday and that his parents were John and Margaret as were mine I'd love to be able to claim him as mine but I realise that coincidence doesn't really carry much weight especially with a name as common as Dolan.

I don't have any expectation that anyone will be able to identify my g grandparents for me but if anyone could point me in the right direction as to how I might be able to find anything out I'd be more than grateful.

Thanks.

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Re: Dolans of Kings County
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 19 July 15 20:35 BST (UK) »
John married Ellen Reddington (or Redington) in around 1897.
Does the marriage certificate list the name and occupation of John's father? (this will help confirm or rule out any possible birth records)

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Re: Dolans of Kings County
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 19 July 15 20:46 BST (UK) »
OP doesn't appear to have the marriage cert  ???

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Re: Dolans of Kings County
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 19 July 15 20:49 BST (UK) »
No I don't have the marriage certificate. I only know that Ellen's maiden name was Reddington as I can remember my dad telling me once, and the 1911 census asked how long a couple had been married.

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Re: Dolans of Kings County
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 19 July 15 20:51 BST (UK) »
Start with looking for the marriage in England using FreeBMD. If you don't find it listed then check Irish civil registration index.

http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/search.pl

https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1408347
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Re: Dolans of Kings County
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 19 July 15 20:57 BST (UK) »
Hi There

Going on a once told surname is not a good idea.

I suggest you get your Grandad's birth cert first to confirm his mother's maiden name.

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Re: Dolans of Kings County
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 19 July 15 20:59 BST (UK) »
Doing a search from 1894 to 1898 shows no marriage for  John Dolan to an Ellen Eddington in Ireland or England that I can see.

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Re: Dolans of Kings County
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 19 July 15 21:02 BST (UK) »
Is the surname not (supposed to be) Reddington or Redington?

Best to start with birth certificate as Tara suggested.
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Re: Dolans of Kings County
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 19 July 15 21:09 BST (UK) »
I've done a quick search on those sites and I can't find a marriage record either. It's definitely Reddington or Redington though, I can remember the conversation clearly and my Dad being unsure which way it was spelt though believing it was the former.