Kier Family from Ireland

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Hello fellow genealogists,

I have a brain stumper for you. :D I know we all love a challenge.

I have searched through familysearch.org till I was bleeding from the eyeballs... okay maybe not that bad but it was seriously getting close. I have an unsourced family tree for the Kier branch in my family tree that does link into a few other people's trees.

So you are asking, "What is the issue?" Well the issue is, on most of the Kier family, we cannot find any supporting documents to show the tree correct to a certain point. I know, it's all like "Ugh, so frustrating." So I am asking for help in locating any records of Andrew Kier born circa 1745 in Ballymoney, Antrim, Northern Ireland and died in 1795 Saltsburg, Pennsylvania and his children. There is a possibility after speaking to my Scottish neighbor that their surname might have been spelled Keir until they came to America. They stayed in the Pennsylvania area until around early to mid 1800s then started branching out to Ohio and such.

If you can help out that would be great. Only sucky thing, I can't view links to Ancestry. Can't afford it. So if you can copy and paste the information that would be awesome and I will make sure any help given will be credited to your awesome hard work.

Rock on WikiTree'ers and thanks for reading!!
WikiTree profile: Andrew Kier
in Genealogy Help by Living Bartlett G2G6 Mach 2 (27.6k points)

2 Answers

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Andrew...My paternal grandfather was James T Kiers...like yourself going beyond that has been a frustrating search. James and his brothers were all involved with tugboats in NYC harbor and the family reportedly came from Lockport NY. .  There are a number of Kiers,Keirs, Kerse that show up in that area of NY. NY state Census 1855,us fed census 1830,1870,1880. Also US City Directories 1822-11995 Lockport NY 1874. The 1870 fed census shows Timothy and Mary Kiers in the same household as Mary Mason whose maiden name was Kerse.?All in all the Kiers family were involved with the Erie Canal..boatmen etc..its possible they all came from Pa....I will attempt to copy what I have from Ancestry...my primary source and Email you.Contact me by email please...my computer skills are a lot to be desired so that would be the easiest way..Good lusk
by Jack McCormack G2G Rookie (260 points)
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Paul E. and Della L. Kier did extensive Kier genealogical research in the 1970s and compiled a book on the subject entitled "Andrew Kier Family History, 1785 --- 1978. If you can find a copy of that book, it would be enlightening. Also, I have seen a copy of Andrew Kier's application for naturalization, which is still on file. Also, there are numerous references to Kiers in the Indiana, PA newspaper archives from the 1800s. As far as I know, no one has found any information about Andrew Kier's family in Ireland or Scotland, although people have gone so far as to travel there to do research. Also, there are two unrelated sets of Kiers, one from Austria and one from Scotland.
by Harry Kier G2G Rookie (260 points)

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