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Researching how far my Callaghan ancestors from Navan, Meath go back
« on: Tuesday 02 September 14 17:51 BST (UK) »
Is it really that difficult to research Irish ancestors?

I would really like to find out how far my Callaghan ancestors from Navan, Meath go back.

Thanks.

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Re: Researching Irish ancestors
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 02 September 14 18:49 BST (UK) »
It very much depends on the date you want to research, once you get to the early 1800s it can prove very difficult or impossible to get further back, on the up side there is a lot of free resources and Certs are quite cheap in comparison to other countries.
If you give us some names and dates we should be able to point you in the right direction, if it's not too early.
You can't fish on a empty stomach so give the man one or two records so he knows how good it tastes.

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Re: Researching Irish ancestors
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 03 September 14 11:35 BST (UK) »
Hi

Thomas Callaghan was my 3x great grandfather and he was born c1848 in Navan, Meath according to some research I did a while ago.

He married Ellen Melia on 25 July 1867 in Oristown, Meath and they had five children between c1870 and c1879.

I was in touch with two sisters in Australia who originally came from Ireland. 

Their great grandfather Thomas Callaghan was the younger brother of my 2x great grandfather Michael.

They told me that Thomas senior died in 1904 but I haven't been able to confirm this or find any other information about him.

Thanks.

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Re: Researching Irish ancestors
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 03 September 14 12:29 BST (UK) »
Please do NOT ask for lookups by Personal Message.

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Re: Researching Irish ancestors
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 03 September 14 12:45 BST (UK) »
I obviously did forget, sorry for reposting :-[

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« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 03 September 14 13:32 BST (UK) »
Better to stick with one topic to keep all the information together and let everyone see what's already been found.
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Re: Researching Irish ancestors
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 03 September 14 19:03 BST (UK) »
As you already know Thomas was born before Civil Registration so he doesn't have a birth cert.
You have already searched for him on RootsIreland with no result, they are still adding to their records so it may be worth trying again every so often.
You found a church record for Thomas and Ellen's marriage is that correct? 25 July 1867 but no parents named on it.
But it's not showing in the Civil Reg on FamilySearch.
As I see it your choices are,
A. Go to Dublin and search the GRO indexes yourself.
B. Go to Dublin and search the parish records in the National Library
C. Hope Irish Genealogy get their Civil Records back and maybe get the marriage there. http://www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/
D. Hope the parish records in the National Library go online someday.
but you may have to accept the records simply don't exist, which is often the case for these dates.

Did you keep in contact with ForeverEnding from this thread http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=438381.9
might be worth finding out if he found anything since.
Good Luck.
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Re: Researching Irish ancestors
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 04 September 14 11:42 BST (UK) »
Going to Dublin or any other archive is non starter I'm afraid. 

I am a wheeelchair user and live miles away from anywhere in this country that might be able to help with my other families I am researching.  Access can be a major headache.

I am not in contact with anyone else regarding my Irish ancestors.


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« Reply #8 on: Thursday 04 September 14 12:21 BST (UK) »
I can see your problem, looks like you will have to join the rest of us in the waiting room.
This is a very good sight to get news of new record releases.
http://www.irishgenealogynews.com also the Irish Genealogy Toolkit link you can find on the right of the site is worth looking at.
You can't fish on a empty stomach so give the man one or two records so he knows how good it tastes.