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Research Tip of The Week!

The search for a birth certificate online.

I have recently been researching a family that lived on Inishbofin, not the island off the Galway coast but a smaller one off the coast of Donegal. I had located the family in the 1901 and 1911 Census and was now interested in finding a birth certificate for one member of the family. I knew the person of interest was born in ca. 1877 and I know his parents’ names. I could find two civil birth registrations in 1877 for the same name registered in Dunfanaghy district on the Findmypast website, so which one is correct?  There is sometimes a way to narrow down options when you have more than one certificate to call up at the General Register Office. The FamilySearch website under its record section ‘Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881’ details many civil births registered after 1864 giving not only the volume and page number and location of birth but also the parents’ names.  When I used this facility I was able to eliminate one of the entries I had found on Findmypast as the parents’ names were incorrect. So that’s four euro saved!

By, Expert Researcher

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Eliza Lynch Queen of Paraguay

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Tonight on RTÉ One at 10.15pm they are taking a look at the life of Cork-born woman Eliza Lynch, who is considered a bit of a national hero in Paraguay. Back in the nineteenth century her and her family left Ireland for Paris where she managed to catch the eye of the son of a Paraguayan dictator. A few years ago Eneclann Researcher Helen Moss conducted research for Michael Lillis – 2014 – Biography & Autobiography on Eliza Lynch, Helen found the baptism certificate of Eliza Lynch Roman Catholic church, Charleville,2 May 1834: Eliza to John Lynch and Jane Lloyd, Read the facinating story here.

Research Tip of the Week.

This week’s research tip is written by Research Expert Helen Moss


We often come across people researching their ancestors who are disappointed with the lack of details in mid-19th century marriage registers.  In Roman Catholic marriage registers the name of the bride and groom, their witnesses and sometimes a townland were the only details recorded.  But there is one other record in the right hand column that often also appears and is frequently ignored.  It’s the fee paid by the couple to the priest for the marriage and when the figures are compared to others fees in the register they can frequently be a good indicator of the economic standing of the couple.  So if your ancestors’ fee was waived and an entry of ‘0 – 0 – 0’ recorded it can tell you that times were difficult for them at that time.