I would like to introduce myself. I have been tracing my family for many years and have learned a lot, but still have more to learn. I do not think I will ever finish tracing my family and my ultimate aim is to find living family members on my Kelleher side. I have found living 3rd cousins on my Geraghty side. I would like to share some useful information with others.
I believe I have traced my family back to my G.G.G. grandparents Daniel Kelleher and Juliah Dinnahy Married before 1829. Possible relatives where Mary Dinnahy and John Kelleher.
My G.G. grandfather was a Hugh Dan Kelleher born about 1829 baptised 14/10/1829 sponsors where John Kelleher and Mary Dinnahy.He died in 1906. He was married to a woman by the name of Mary Corkery?, her father was Con Corkery (maybe from the Townland of Slivereigh,)? NW Cork all my family on the male side where from the Townland of Garranegappul, Clondrohid in NW Co Cork.
I believe Hugh Dan may have had brothers, Michael, Patrick, James and John, I do not know if he had sisters (may have had a sister called Juliah). . Hugh married a Mary Corkery, prior to 1861. His Son was my G. grandfather Daniel Kelleher (AKA Dan Hugh Dan) B. 1861, he was baptised on 22/11/1861, sponsors at his baptism were Denis Sullivan and Juliah Kelleher. Daniel had 3 siblings 1 a sister Julia who at the time of the 1901 census was married to a man called John O’Mahoney, I do not yet know the names of his other siblings. My G. grandfather Daniel (Dan Hugh Dan) was married to a lady called Hannah (Johanna) Kelleher whose father was a John Kelleher they were married on 02/11/1893, I do not know her year of birth as she had died by the time of the 1901 census. They were from Lackaneen, Ullanes
Their eldest son was my grandfather Hugh (Goff) Kelleher B. 1897 D. 28/03/1972, he had a brother Michael B. 1898 D. 1920 (I think he died while quite young at age 23) and a sister Julia Agnes Kelleher. I think Julia married a man named Tim Buckley and they moved to run a shop in Barracks Road, Cork City. My Grandfather Hugh (Goff) was married to Johanna Kelleher nee O’Riordan B. 1897 D.16/04/1944 from Monaflugh (my Grandmother). I was named after my Grandmother who died when all her children where young. My Grandfather owned a large (81 acres) amount of farmland.
My father was born in 1936 he was the eldest child to Hugh Kelleher and Johanna O’Riordan his name was Daniel (Donal) Kelleher he had two sisters and a brother:- Johanna (Joan); Mary Brigitte; and Michael. All this branch of the family moved to London during the late 1950’s My dad’s family sold the land during the 1970’s after my granddad died, this land now has other houses built on it with the original farmhouse having been restored.
My dad married Margaret Geraghty who was from Dublin, her mum and Dad where Thomas Geraghty a butcher and Elizabeth Best who originated Dublin her parents where Elizabeth O’Reilly and Patrick Best. Unfortunately my Father died in June 1981 when I was 20. My father had 5 children, myself being the eldest. I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters, the girls have all had children but unfortunately the boys have never married or had children. My paternal uncle has had two daughters, but no sons 1 of whom immigrated to Australia during the 1970s as a child. Unfortunately this now means that my side of the Kelleher name will end because none of the males have had sons. My husband’s family originate from Glasgow and we have had three children 2 boys and a girl.
As can be seen I am lucky to have found out a lot of information about my family already and would like to give others some tips and hints in researching their own families, in Ireland.
There are problems with the Census information from Ireland. When looking at the Census information from Ireland whilst I easily found my family in the 1901 Census, I had a very difficult time finding them in the 1911 Census. This was because they had completed the 1911 Census in Irish, I also found other families who had done this. At this time in Ireland there was a growing Nationalist movement.(The Redmondites aka Molly Maguires) and many people reverted back to only using Irish as a form of protest, during this period. So if you having problems try to search for the Irish version of your names.
Another problem is that the names of Townlands can be misspelt in different documents; I have seen at least 3 different versions of the spelling of my family’s Townland. There also appears to have been changes made to parish boundaries over time. Another thing to remember when looking for marriage records is that marriages tended to have taken place in the brides home area’, so would be registered in a different parish, to where the family would settle to live.
Other problems can occur with the spelling and shortening of peoples’ names:- an example of this is that my Great grandmother’s name on her headstone is Johanna but on her marriage record she is named as Hanorah, I have now been informed that Hanorah is another version of the name Johanna; my father has been named as Daniel in some records and Donal on my birth cert and his marriage cert. Remember also that in some records they may have used a shortened version of their name for example Daniel and Dan, Cornelius and Con etc.
When looking for names of family members remember the family naming patterns in Ireland you will find that eldest children tending to be named after their grandparents and then younger children after other family members. This means that you will find many family members with th same first names as each other. It can prove difficult to trace family with common Irish first names. Try finding the more unusual first names in a family and trace them through this name. A good way of finding the more unusual first names is by a general search of the Irish Census for your family’s area to see the least common first name.
There are 2 churchyards in the village of Clondrohid with lots of gravestones, the old graveyard may prove useful for family research my grandfather is buried there with my grandmother. There are photos of the headstones available online to view for free and for the many counties of Ireland.