Irish birth certificate brick wall (County Longford) Can anyone help?

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Hi folks,

I have been stuck at this brick wall for years with one side of my family and finally decided to ask for some help after locating the family grave. I am trying to search for the birth certificates of two sisters, one of which is my great great grandmother [Martin-19755].

Catherine/ Kathleen/ Kate Martin: the facts

  • Father was John Martin (listed alternatively as a labourer and farmer)
  • Born in County Longford
  • Cousins in Corraneary/ Arvagh, County Cavan (Moran family)
  • At least one other sibling Maria 
  • Estimated year of birth from the available sources: 1886 (1911 census), 1887 (marriage certificate), 1889 (death certificate.
Maria (Jane) Martin: the facts 
  • Father John Martin (labourer and/or farmer)
  • Born in County Longford
  • Married Richard Eakin of Corhanna, Arvagh, Cavan on 16th November 1897 in Killoe Parish Church, County Longford
  • Church of Ireland in census
  • Estimated year of birth from available sources: 1876 (marriage certificate), 1877 (1901 census), 1881 (1911 census) & 1877 (death certificate)
Can anyone help? It is tradition in Ireland that a couple get married in the brides church, so does that mean Killoe Parish Church, County Longford was the Martin family church? Maria's address at the time of her marriage is listed as Killoe, but no Martins (that I can find are in the area in the 1901 cenus). I know their history from their time in Belfast but I would be so grateful if someone could help me break through this brick wall. 
I've attached the link to Catherine/ Kate's profile which has links to the original sources dealing with her life. I have not been able to locate her on the 1901 Irish census. The interchanging use of Kate/ Catherine/ Kathleen continues in my family to this day! but it is frustrating when dealing with historic records.
Any tips would also be great. I have no yet managed to track down the registers for Killoe church, but I have visited the graveyard, and no Martins appear to be buried there. I did find the grave of the witnesses to Maria's marriage though! Typical, eh?
WikiTree profile: Catherine Jackson
in Genealogy Help by Aaron McIntyre G2G Crew (770 points)
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Findmypast marriage record

First name(s) Catherine
Last name Martin
Registration year 1910
Registration quarter Jul - Sep 1910
Registration district Belfast
Volume 1
Page 252

MarriageFinder ™

Catherine Martin married one of these people

John Trainor, David Coates, Hugh Jackson, John Casey

County Antrim, Down
Country Ireland
Record set Irish Marriages 1845-1958
Category Life Events (BDMs)
Subcategory Civil Marriage & Divorce
Collections from Ireland
by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)

Catherine Martin married one of these people

John Trainor, David Coates, Hugh Jackson, John Casey


Thanks for the message- I have both sisters marriage and death certificates but trying to locate their birth certificates. Catherine married Hugh Jackson on 12th July 1910.
Sorry I saw no marriage record on the profile, just went back and realised it is there, just couldn’t see any print on it.
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Have you checked the Irish Genealogy Civil Records site ? You can download FREE images of the births, deaths & marriages.

There are 91 birth entries for "Catherine MARTIN 1885-1890" but none born in Longford. It also includes derivatives of "Catherine". (I use this site to check the County registration Districts)

This is the link to her marriage in 1910.

by Vivian Egan G2G6 Mach 7 (76.1k points)
Hi Vivian,

Thank you for the response- I’ve used the site a lot and it is great but I can’t ‘make it fot’  What I know of the two. What I have on her profile is all the certificates I can find including her marriage and her death. I’m hoping there’s a source I’m missing or if someone with more experience has greater luck than me.

Thanks again,


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