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Tyrone (county)

13/07/2012 4:57 pm
no-avatar offline mike-jenmail

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Kelly, Tyrone 1800s
Hi, I'm trying to trace the Irish side of my family. The line back from Scotland stops at Peter Kelly, from Tyrone.

I think he was born in Tyrone 1808-1810, and at some stage moved and was a miner in Scotland.

He married Mary Dickson, possibly from Derry, in 1835 in Ayr.

They had children including Margaret Peter & Helen, all who appear on Scottish census records.

I'm trying to go backwards but haven't a clue how to find more about Peter, where in Tyrone he was from and who his parents were.

Any help greatly appreciated!

18/09/2012 6:12 pm


Re: Kelly, Tyrone 1800s
Statutory records of births, deaths & marriages started in Ireland on 1.1.1864 (1st April 1845 for Protestant and Non-Conformist marriages). Prior to that you are heavily dependant on church records, where they exist. Most early Irish censuses have been destroyed so no help there. You really need to try and find out a little more about the family from sources outside Ireland. (Otherwise it’s a needle in a haystack).

To use church records effectively, because there’s no centralised index, ideally you need to know the ancestor’s exact denomination, townland and parish in Ireland. Good sources are poor law applications which usually contain details of the person’s parish in Ireland, plus other family they may have (Mitchell Library in Glasgow for the Glasgow area; local libraries for many other areas. Check every possible census. Census returns sometimes include exact place of birth, instead of just “Ireland”. Look out also for other Irish people nearby in the censuses. Immigrants often settled near people they knew from home. Check any military records, old diaries, gravestones, family bibles, wills and obituaries. Birth certs for some locations (e.g. Scotland) include place of marriage of parents. Marriage certs in some locations (e.g. US States) can include places of birth, parents, etc for bride and groom. Funeral home records can be very informative. Death certs (e.g. US, Australia & Scotland) can show parents names.