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Donegal / Re: Help with Bocan Chapel marriage records for Doherty
« on: Saturday 17 September 16 03:21 BST (UK)  »
Although it doesn't list Bocan by name, it seems I should be able to find it on RootsIreland.

Thanks for the information.

Ireland Resources / Re: Question RE: Civil Registration Districts
« on: Saturday 17 September 16 03:12 BST (UK)  »
Thanks for the links. I will definitely take a look.

Donegal / Help with Bocan Chapel marriage records for Doherty
« on: Saturday 17 September 16 02:31 BST (UK)  »
I'm trying to find a marriage record for James Doherty and Cecily Doherty married in Bocan Chapel,  on January 25, 1883.

NLI records for Culdaff, doesn't go up to 1883 in their online records.  I was hoping that someone here had access to them offline, or knew if they even existed.

Thanks so much.

Ireland Resources / Re: Question RE: Civil Registration Districts
« on: Sunday 11 September 16 01:43 BST (UK)  »
Thanks so much Claire.

Ireland Resources / Question RE: Civil Registration Districts
« on: Saturday 10 September 16 23:13 BST (UK)  »
I'm trying to find a map that shows the boundries, of civil registration districts.
But, I want it to include townland names, also.

Does anyone know where I can find one?

After at least two years of research, I still can't wrap my head around places in Ireland.


Laois (Queens) / Re: Burns Family from Maryborough, Mountmellick, Queen's County
« on: Sunday 10 August 14 20:34 BST (UK)  »
Hi Tara,

I've found Birth and Death certificates for many of their children, that list the names and places of both parent's birth, and Peter Connell has consistently shown up as Ireland.
For Margaret Burns though, I've found Ireland, England, Scotland (once) and Canada (once).

From a couple of family stories, Margaret & Peter were married around 16 or 17. it was told they were married around 1838, before they left Ireland. From Ireland, they went to England, and stayed there for a while, before coming to the US.

Their oldest child Mary, was baptized, along with her younger sister Elizabeth, in 1843 at a Delaware RC church.  It listed Mary's birthdate as 1841, and Elizabeth's as 1843.

This is first actual documentation I can find that definitely places them in the US. I have found claims of Mary being born in Pennsylvania, they lived there for a few years, but I haven't been able to find her BC.   

So, I know they left from Dublin to go to Liverpool. If they left in 1838, I can't find any documentation  that places them anywhere between 1838 and 1843.
I only have word of mouth claims, that Mary was born in Pennsylvania, in 1841.

I found an advertisement from the Boston Pilot's Lost Friends and Family. My great-great grandfather  Peter Connell, was searching for John Burns. He doesn't state the relationship, but I tend to believe he is related to Margaret. Most likely a brother.

I also found an ad where John Burns was searching for a Thomas Burns who arrived in Canada and who also came from Maryborough, but I can't definitely connect this John to the one Peter was searching for.

So I'm wondering if Peter and Margaret left Ireland, went to England, immigrated to Canada, and then to the US. And this is why all the contradictory information regarding Margaret's birth.
I have no idea where Scotland came from.

Also, Peter was definitely a Catholic, but there was a Burns family in Pennsylvania, that Margaret was rumored to be related to and they were Presbyterian. So I think Margaret was too, before she married Peter.

Here is the ad from the Boston Pilot. It has better information than I gave.

Thanks for the help.


Thanks so much.

The fact that she is a non-catholic backs up the information I have on her now.

Apparently, they were married while still in Ireland.

I wonder how this was viewed, by their families, and if this was a reason they left right after getting married.

Thanks Again,


I am having difficulty reading one word, in this Baptismal record.

It's in the 3rd line down (not including date line), and 2nd word in. The word follows Burns and starts with an A. 

I think it concerns the religion of Margaret Burns, the mother.  The father had "Cath' noted after his name. I can find no one else with their religion noted.

Any help would be appreciated.


Laois (Queens) / Burns Family from Maryborough, Mountmellick, Queen's County
« on: Saturday 26 July 14 12:11 BST (UK)  »

I'm hoping someone has information on the Burns family from Maryborough in Laios.

My great-great grandparents were Margaret Burns b. 1820-1822, and Peter Connell b 1820-1822.

They were both from Queen's County, Ireland.

Messages in The Boston Pilot Paper make me believe Margaret had 2 brothers from Maryborough...John and Thomas. They immigrated to the US around 1842.

John married a Miss Cahill (also from Maryborough), before leaving Ireland, and they ended up in New Orleans. Thomas was living in Lower Canada.

I have information that they Margaret and Peter married in 1838, before leaving Ireland, and after spending time in England, they settled in Delaware.

I read in a forum, that Margaret's mother's maiden name was thought to be Barrington.

That would make sense since she gave the middle name of Barrington to her son, Charles.

I know Peter Connel was Catholic, but I'm not sure Margaret was, until she married.  She might have been Presbyterian.

I would appreciate any information on this family, since I seem to be stuck.



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