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Thomas J Davey's parents?

Thomas J Davey's parents?

Posted: 14 Aug 2012 9:04PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Davey
I am looking for any information about my great-great-great grandparents who were born in Ireland and had my great great grandpa Thomas James Davey in 1861. Thomas moved to the states and settled in Ohio in 1883. He married Margaret Moran (b. in England in 1867) in 1890 and they had 9 children Edward, Thomas Jr, Vincent, Andrew, Mildred, Wilfred, Emmett, Coletta and Lloyd. Any ideas on how to find out more about his parents. Thank you, Michael

Re: Thomas J Davey's parents?

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 7:02AM GMT
Classification: Query
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 immigration & naturalisation records which can show town/townland of origin as well as parents and siblings travelling together. 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. 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. US Death certs can show parents names.
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