Irish records so difficult to find

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I am part of Irish Roots and have a few profiles that look quite bare and was wondering if anyone might be more advanced in finding records

a lot of mine are open and some closed but would like to add to the profiles

The one I have come across is locked at the moment but happy to anyone to watch list if needed

She was born in Ballin, County Mayo and came over to England before 1949 when she married
in The Tree House by Steph Meredith G2G6 Mach 8 (82.5k points)
edited by Maggie N.
Give me her full name ,exact date birth and was she cathoplic,who she married,Parish she lioved in.

So far I've had to pay about sixty US dollars to find even a hint of a name for Irish ancestors. I feel your pain.
I feel your pain, buddy. I have the surnames BYRNE, NORRIS and WALSH in my 5th generation that draw a complete blank. They all just somehow magically appeared in Australia and are untraceable.
I have Walsh as well Rob :) My family think he married my great aunt who was a Coughlan

Hi Steph,

If she died in England & Wales after 1969 you may be able to pick up the DOB from her death record eg With the DOB you have a chance of matching against birth records on irishgenealogy (up to 1916) or familysearch (1917-1958).

If all we know is her name and that she married in England then she'd have to have a very unusual name to find her birth record.

What do you know about her?

I know her year of birth place of birth and where she married but I feel I can not out her name up unless I find a death

do you think I should put her name up
They are importing the family name Ireland. Thousands of new profiles.

There r a few Walsh families in clashmelcon county kerry go to Killury parish in church records
Did she marry in England?  If so do you have a copy of her marriage certificate? That would give her father's name and occupation.

Is there a chance she was in England in 1939. You could try searching the 1939 register if her name and year of birth is likely to be unusual, or you have an idea of where she was living. (Marriages are often in the bride's town)

I feel that pain! All I have on my great-grandmother is she was born in Ireland in 1838 and was in the U.S. before 1860. Do you know how many Eliza Riley/Rylie/Reillys were born in Ireland in the 1830s?!! With nothing else concrete to go on I don't know how I'd ever find her :(

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Many Irish records were destroyed when the archives building was set on fire during the Irish civil war in June of 1922. This of course has made researching Irish genealogy mind numbingly difficult. As some one who is part Irish, I completely understand your frustration!
by Alex Stronach G2G6 Pilot (327k points)
selected by Amy Gilpin
As someone who is pretty much fully Irish, it is very very frustrating indeed!
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Have you looked here?

Click on "Civil Records", then put in the info for the person, then put in your name and consent.  They state that they provide records of births to 1918, marriages to 1943, and deaths to 1968.
by Barry Smith G2G6 Pilot (220k points)
I use this site a lot to trace BMD records from 1864.    They have free images of the actual birth etc record for most ( except early marriages)  and are adding to it "early 2019 "     You can do a search on surname and registration areas if you wish.
I had zero luck on finding a Catherine / Katherine McCrea / McCrae (and another few spellings) unknown birth year, but guessing about 1850-plus/minus.  Was from Donegal according to the marriage notice in the Sydney Morning Herald 1871.  Also according to notice in the SMH, her father's name was William.  I gave up after the headache hit.

Had much better, back a while ago (last year, I think it was), getting a look at my Gran's birth record from Tipperary .. and her younger sister's.  (All the other sibs were English born.)

This site has Births 1864 - 1918

Marriages 1864 - 1943

Deaths 1878 - 1968

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And if your family is of the Roman Catholic religion, and you have good eyesight and lots of patience you can search through the Catholic Parish Registers
by Jean Price G2G6 Mach 4 (42.0k points)
thank you for all your replies it has been a great help ):
+5 votes

Also for anyone living 1901 or 1911 try  for census info.  Irish Genealogy Project can also be a great source for records.

by Maria Maxwell G2G6 Pilot (165k points)
+1 vote
Look at Kelly Family Tree on his wife as Alma Stephens

They had a son named Stephen Gerrard O"Brien born Sept 12 1923

London England.He died in Macomb,Michigan,United States.
by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (917k points)

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