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Hello all- I am in need of some help- I just found this obituary in relation to one of my ancestors. It says that he had a sister Mrs. Lanning of Clifton Springs NY- I have been pulling out my hair to find this person.

Any Ideas on were to start or how to approach this?




WikiTree profile: Matthew Dowling
in Genealogy Help by Michael Lavin G2G1 (1.5k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

He was married in Clare Ireland. Search Irish Census records?

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Mathew Dowling

 in the Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1655-1915

VIEWIreland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1655-1915

      Name: Mathew Dowling
      Gender: Male
      Event Type: Marriage
      Marriage Date: Nov 1864
      Marriage Place: Drumclift, Clare, Ireland
      Parish Variants: Ennis
      Diocese: Killaloe
      Spouse: Anne MacMahon

      Source Citation

      Catholic Parish Registers, The National Library of Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Microfilm Number: Microfilm 02472 / 05

      Source Information Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1655-1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016.

      Original data:

      Catholic Parish Registers, National Library of Ireland, Ireland. Published under the National Library of Ireland's Terms of Use of Material made available on



      Daughter Alice was born in New York about 1873. Mary was born in Ireland about 1872. Search immigration records for 1872-1873. Families usually traveled together. Search immigration of Dowling and Lanning born between 1830 and 1840 maybe.

      2 Answers

      +6 votes
      You might search the 1910 census for Lannings in the area of Clifton Springs, New York to start. That might give you potential names for the sister and her husband to further research in earlier census records or possibly marriage records - and additional newspaper articles.
      by Meghan Dewhurst- Conroy G2G6 Mach 2 (23.1k points)
      +2 votes
      There is an interesting site (free) which has quite a number of the New York State newspapers.  You might find some clues at
      by Cindy Shephard G2G6 (8.0k points)

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