Are John Flanagan and James Flannigan related? (Rhode Island, 1860)

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I'm researching the family of John Flanagan (or Flannagan, Flanigan, Flannigan, etc.) of Providence, Rhode Island because I have two DNA matches (third cousins to each other, roughly 3rd or 4th cousin to me and my uncle) who have him and his wife Emma as their MRCAs.  I'm trying to find my connection to them.  I've pretty thoroughly looked at his descendants and now I'm going up and sideways, looking for his parents and siblings.

In the 1860 census, John is a carriage driver, and there is a James Flannigan on the same census page, also a carriage driver.  James's parents are listed in his marriage and death records as John and Margaret Flanagan.  According to census records, both John and James were born in Ireland, as were each of their parents; I have no idea whether the parents also immigrated.

John was born in about 1818, and James in about 1835 or so. Option 1:  James and John could be siblings, with parents John Sr. and Margaret.  Option 2: James could be the son of John and first wife Margaret, then John had a second marriage to Emma with the descendants I've already traced.  Option 3:  A more distant relationship, or no relationship at all; it's just coincidence they're living near each other in 1860.

So far I've used the main search pages at Ancestry and FamilySearch to put this basic info together.  Suggestions for what to do next?  Time for me to learn how to research Irish records?

WikiTree profile: John Flanagan
in Genealogy Help by Lisa Hazard G2G6 Pilot (132k points)

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Hi, Lisa. Here are two places to get you started on your search for Irish Records. Unfortunately, there is not yet one great repository nor does any particular paid service have the corner on them (which is good).

https://www.nli.ie/en/parish-register.aspx

https://www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/irish-records-what-is-available/church-records

Also, if you're working some in Rhode Island, please consider joining the Rhode Island Project. Go here to join: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:Rhode_Island#How_to_Join   We are currently revitalizing Rhode Island Project so if you have some ideas for categories that might be useful, let me know.

Thanks.
by T Stanton G2G6 Pilot (171k points)
Thanks!  Any tips on how to figure out which diocese/parish to search if all I know so far is that they came "from Ireland"?  The church records I've looked at so far from that time period don't seem to be easily searchable.  Immigration records, maybe?

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