Monday, July 29, 2013

Irish Ancestors County Down, Laverty or Connor

Laverty or Connor I think this photo is of Margaret Laverty of Dunturk but i am not 100% sure. She is stood in the door way of the Farm at Drumnaquoile belonging to the McMullans. She could be a Connor as they were related to the McMullans. Do you recognise this Ancestor

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Free BMD Records

Whats new on the Internet for all you family researchers? The Genealogist,a web site that promises all the records that you need is a site that i have not noticed before. I was lured by the offer of 3 days free,although i didn't see the link for this. Top of their list was the BMD Index for England and Wales 1837-2005. You can view this index,from 1837-1915 for free at or at

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

BMD Records Ireland

For the period before 1864, church records provide the only record of most baptisms, marriages and burials Catholic Parish Records .Original parochial records (baptisms, marriages and burials) of the Roman Catholic Church remain with the relevant parishes. Microfilms of parochial registers are available at the National Library of Ireland for most Roman Catholic parishes in Ireland for the years up to 1880 and in some cases up to 1900. Church of Ireland parish records Parochial records (baptisms, marriages and burials) of the Church of Ireland (Anglican Church) often remain with the relevant parishes. They survive for about one third of the parishes throughout the country. Those for the pre-1870 period are public records and the registers may also be available in original or microfilm form at the Representative Church Body Library. PRONI holds copies of all surviving Church of Ireland registers for the dioceses of Armagh, Clogher, Connor, Derry, Dromore, Down, Kilmore and Raphoe. As well as covering all six counties of Northern Ireland, these dioceses also cover counties Cavan, Donegal, Louth, Monaghan and part of county Leitrim which are in the Republic. Copies of those registers from within the Republic which were microfilmed by PRONI, are held by the RCB Library. A list of all Church of Ireland parish registers which indicate whether they survive and where they might be held, is available in the National Archives.ecords of marriage licences provide information concerning some Church of Ireland marriages before 1845. People wishing to obtain a licence to marry without having banns called were required to enter into a bond with the bishop of the diocese. The licences and bonds do not survive (in most cases), but the indexes to the bonds lodged in each Diocesan Court and the Prerogative Court are available in the reading room of the Archives. Transcripts (and some digitised images) of Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland parochial registers of baptisms, marriages and burials for the pre-1900 period are currently being uploaded free of charge on hosted by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltach

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Parish Records

There are many readers of Your Ancestors Free.Com who are looking for Marriage Records prior to 1837. 1837 saw the introduction of a national system of civil registration for recording births, deaths and marriages. For the first time, the same information was collected throughout England and Wales. It usually included the names of one or more relatives. Prior to 1837, the main sorce, was Anglican parish registers and similar records kept by other denominations. Hardwicke's Marriage Act in 1753 meant that, for a marriage in England or Wales to be legal, it had to take place in a parish church after banns or with a licence. The result of the Hardwicke Act was that almost all marriages, whether for Anglicans, non-conformists or Roman Catholics, can be found in those Church of England parish registers that have survived from the period 1754-1837. The registers recorded baptism dates not births and burial dates not deaths, although some clergy chose to add birth or death dates. Indeed some clergy added a variety of comments concerning their parishioners and their lives. In 1812, Rose's Act tried to tidy things a bit by setting out the minimum information that had to be recorded for baptisms, marriages and burials and recommended the use of separate registers for each type of ceremony. So from 1813, most registers were written on sequential, pre-printed pages as a means of reducing later amendments or fraudulent entries. But it wasn't until 1837 and the start of civil registration that all these records began to be brought together locally and across England and Wales. At last, searching for particular individuals became a little simpler for the genealogist. .