Where can I research next for my GGGfather James D Purcell of Waterford Ireland and his wife Ann Ronan of Tipperary?

+2 votes
My Purcell tree research has stalled out now, I have last entries for James Purcell (1824 - 1897) who immigrated to Canada around 1840's and married Ann Ronan in 1849 at the Parish of St. Paul's Cathedral, Toronto Canada. I do know that the parents of these two were James D. and Eleanor Grace of Waterford Ireland. This is where it stalls out, I have looked and not found credible matches for these two in Waterford. Also related, I can not find Ann's parents, Timothy Ronan and Ann Smith (English) of Tipperary.

So today I am requesting research ideas, tips for these two branches, specific to the towns they were listed as being from on the marriage record of their children.

Thank you in advance for any help.
WikiTree profile: James Purcell
in Genealogy Help by Jeffery Purcell G2G Rookie (220 points)

2 Answers

+3 votes
Hi Jeffery I have found this on Find my past 
First name(s)
Last name Purcell
Sex Male
Birth year 1824
Place Armagh
Country Ireland
Regiment 36Th Foot
Organisation Armed Forces
Source Gro Regimental Birth Indices (1761 To 1924)
General Register Office
Archive reference REG1
Record's year range 1824
Page 35
Volume 13
Line number 119
Record set British Armed Forces And Overseas Births And Baptisms
Category Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
Subcategory Civil Births
Collections from Great Britain, UK Other

by Frank Byrne G2G3 (3.3k points)
Thanks Frank, I think I have run across this one before, but wasn't sure... I'll add it to my "Maybe" list : )
+5 votes

Hi Jeffery,

I've got many Purcell ancestors which is what caught my eye here. Your Purcell + Grace surnames are famous in Leinster + Munster starting from the 1300s. I'm sure with a bit of detective work you can find records.

Here are a few quick suggestions:

1) Try the extensive source list prepared by the Irish Project team: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Historical_Sources_of_Ireland

2) If you start back in the 1700s you'll get a bit of historical context that will put the 1800s into better focus

3) County libraries can be useful for online research ... clarelibrary.ie, Waterford, Kilkenny, Tipperary etc. People often moved around more than we thought.

4) Irish history journals ... also JSTOR and Academia.edu

5) Google the person's name + a few specific town names ... be creative with all spellings! Recently I've blasted through brick walls that had plagued me for 15 years ... new records are constantly coming online

Good luck!

by Z Fanning G2G1 (2.0k points)
Thank you for this information and encouragement!

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