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Kilkenny / DEATH 1936- James Lanigan.
« on: Tuesday 31 March 20 23:42 BST (UK)  »
James Lanigan was baptised on 31st May 1861 in Piltown, County of Kilkenny. [Parents:Michael & Margaret, nee Delahunty.]

I am searching for his death and have come across one registered in the April - June quarter 1936 in Thomastown, County Kilkenny.

Would anyone have access to a death notice, cemetery records or similar which may provide further information?


New Zealand Completed Requests / McLELLAN James & Janet nee Morris.
« on: Monday 16 March 20 23:59 GMT (UK)  »
James MCLELLAN and his wife Janet nee Morris arrived in Auckland per the 'Jane Gifford' from Scotland in 1842.

According to one passenger list I have seen, James was aged 24, Janet 25, daughter Joan aged 2 years and a son was born on board on 9.8.1842.

The couple married in Paisley, Scotland where Janet was also born.

James died in Auckland on 31.5.1875 aged 59 years. Wife Janet died in Auckland on 19.11.1910 at the age of 98 years. Her obituary appeared in 'The New Zealand Herald' on 22.11.1910. This mentions that she left 7 daughters which agrees with that shown on her death printout. The latter provides the ages. The eldest was 7 (1?), then 64, 62, 59, 55, 52, and 48.

Both James & Janet were buried in Symonds Street cemetery.

Because the New Zealand births all took place during the early establishment of the Colony, none appear to be registered.

I only wish to establish how many children James and Janet had, their names and approximate birth years.

[I have the details of one daughter, Jane, born about 1846.]

Can anyone find trees for this family please?


New Zealand Completed Requests / Who was PHELAN of Ponsonby, Auckland.
« on: Friday 13 March 20 06:21 GMT (UK)  »
A letter sent to his wife in Ponsonby, written by James Lanigan in Sydney, dated July 1897, mentions one Phelan. A man who apparently refused to not "give me one shilling when leaving (Auckland)".

James and his family lived in Ponsonby before he left for Australia to find work around July 1897. I'm curious as to who this Mr. Phelan was. Would the electoral rolls provide some clues?

Something Mr. Phelan had given James prior to departure, was some shirts which he was forced to sell to get himself a bed in Sydney for the night. Was he perhaps a shirt-maker?


New Zealand Completed Requests / Descendants of two soldiers being sought.
« on: Saturday 15 February 20 20:56 GMT (UK)  »
I found this article in the 'Otago Daily Times' and thought a little more publicity wouldn't go amiss.

Descendants are being sought for these two men:

Sergeant Edward John GARVEY, died 1863.

Sergeant James GRENNAN, died 1866

The following found to start the ball rolling:


1866/8283   Grennan   James   37Y

His obituary:

Rootschatters, can we help?


New Zealand Resources & Offers / 1908 City of AUCKLAND Map
« on: Wednesday 29 January 20 07:33 GMT (UK)  »
This old map may of interest. Instructions of 'how to use' are included.......

Browse the 1908 City of Auckland Map - Auckland Council ...
The 1908 map is a significant and unique record of Auckland City's history and early ... one of Auckland Council Archives' most treasured and valuable assets ...


I don't think this topic has already been included on the resource page?

[The information on the list was last updated in October 2018]


New Zealand Completed Requests / ARCHWAY- Archives New Zealand- video on how to use.
« on: Friday 17 January 20 02:32 GMT (UK)  »
For those who are not familiar with how to use Archway, news of this video release has been sent to me:


Moderator edit: video now unavailable. Spades

New Zealand Completed Requests / GREETINGS.
« on: Sunday 22 December 19 00:38 GMT (UK)  »
Hello everyone,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those kind Rootschatters who have helped me and many others throughout the year in trying to find their elusive ancestors. Where would we be without you? Your help and expertise is always greatly appreciated.

A very special thank you to our Moderator [Spades], who all the while leading a busy working life, still finds time to fit in visits to Archives for us. His help is invaluable and his copying technique top notch!  8)  :D

Season's greetings to all and may we knock down a few more genealogy walls in 2020.

Minniehaha.  :)

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