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Wexford / Is the name Ciss or Cissie a real name
« on: Friday 05 October 18 15:04 BST (UK)  »
I am looking for a Cissie Roche, possibly born in the 1870's or early 1880's. She was part of the volunteers in the 1916 Rising.
She is listed in the back pages of Helen Ashdown's book about the 1916 'Rising' in Enniscorthy ' her residence is given as Lower Ferns This book isn't available anywhere in England. I wonder if there are any Rootschatters around Enniscorthy that have the book and can tell me about Cissie Roche.
I'd like to know if Cissie is her real name. Is there any information giving details of her Roche family (location, siblings) and what she did as a member of Cumannn na Mban.
There may be a copy in the Enniscorthy Library.....any help would be really appreciated. i am in England so can't look up anything re the book. Any information about the name 'Cissie' could help me trace birth, marriage records. Thankyou. Geraldine96 

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Wexford / Help Trace my grandmother Bridget Mary Roche - RESULT
« on: Saturday 22 September 18 16:48 BST (UK)  »
I posted this message in 2016 around September time. I want to inform RootsChat that I have found my grandmother it's September again and 2 years later, that's how long I have spent searching!
I started off in the wrong County - I thought she came from Waterford but switched County when Ancestry DNA matches came in  indicating Wexford.
Rootschatter Calcinare picked out the correct 'Roche' family as far back as 2016, at the time I couldn't believe this was my family as the names seemed so unlikely ie Anty and jane.
I had 2 DNA matches on Ancestry that had ROCHE relatives and one of these matches had Roches from Ferns. As I became better at searching I found that my 'supposed' Roche family lived next door to the Roche family from this DNA match -  which was an interesting coincidence.
Two weeks ago I went to Ireland and in the days leading up to my visit I found a lot of records relating to Thomas Roche (1869-1952), he was the only one of my 3 'supposed' Roche relatives I could find records for. I went to Ferns and was introduced to 93 year old Mary who lived in Thomas' former cottage (address found on his civil death record and Irish Volunteer pension record). Mary's amazing memory gave me the names of some of Thomas' relatives. When I got back to England I searched Ancestry and Irishgeneology for a week but couldn't trace the names until I was looking through the family tree of my DNA match whose relatives (3 generations back) came from Ferns. On her tree I spotted the person Mary had spoken of - 2 years of searching was over, here was the confirmation that our families shared the same DNA (Thomas Roche, his sister Jane and Jane's daughter, Bridget)    Bridget, daughter of Jane Roche born 1885 Enniscorthy Workhouse was in fact my grandmother.  Thanks Rootschat and Calcinare!!

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Ireland / Births and daily life in the Enniscorthy Workhouse/can anyone help?
« on: Monday 15 January 18 12:57 GMT (UK)  »

I have been checking civil birth records for the Enniscorthy Workhouse using Irish Geneology. All the records I have looked at start from the early 1800s. I have noticed that many of these birth records  only provide the names of the mothers. Can a knowledgeable roots chatter explain why some Workhouse records don't have the father's name and 'the occupier' George Mcguire is always the person listed as 'present at the birth'.
Are these children illegitimate? Usually birth records state 'illegitimate'                                       Are there Catholic parish baptismal records that go with the civil records of Workhouse births?
I have discovered that the entries and departures from Enniscorthy Workhouse are lost and the only paperwork you can read are the 'minutes'. These papers show that Workhouse children were often adopted or fostered by families around Enniscorthy.
Would young adolescent men and female workhouse inmates be sent to work outside of the workhouse walls as cheap labour or were they strictly confined to the Workhouse premises?

I am living in England so all the information I have found regarding Wexford is from the internet, I haven't found any websites that describe 'life' in the Workhouse at Enniscorthy but hope I'll find a Wexford based roots chatter that has all the answers. I believe visitors to Enniscorthy can do tours of the Workhouse - hopefully one day I'll manage to do this. Thankyou for any help, any links to a good website or a book on the Workhouse would also be really appreciated. Geraldine96

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Ireland / Help Trace My Grandmother Bridget Mary Roche
« on: Saturday 01 October 16 14:12 BST (UK)  »
I am looking for the Roche family of my grandmother Bridget Mary Roche, born abt. 1888. She was either born in Waterford town or Waterford County; although some of my siblings think it could be Wexford. She died in 1959 in Whitstable, Kent England. I think she met my English grandfather when he was doing his national service (WW1) in Ireland. We have a photograph of him at Errisbeg House, Roundstone Co. Galway. I am hoping that someone on the forum might have copies of the early photos of my grandmother in their own family archives. She only had one child, Derek Bradfield (now deceased). Her marriage certificate identifies her father as Arthur Roche who worked as a blacksmith. He had already passed away by the time she married in 1920. Any hints re: locating our branch of the Roche family will be much appreciated. We are based in England and will be using the internet. Thank you, geraldine96. 

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