Monthly Archives: November 2012

More Irish births with names not recorded properly

The main reason why I was stuck for so long tracing my Irish ancestry was that, as I finally discovered, my great-grandmother Annie Tate’s birth wasn’t recorded correctly. She was born at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin in 1879, but … Continue reading

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Finding more prison references to Dublin great-great granny

Thanks to breaking through the Irish brickwall in my family tree this summer I know that my Irish great-great granny was Mary Fegan who married John Tate in 1877. Thanks to the Dublin prison registers at I also know … Continue reading

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A will scribbled on the back of an envelope

I’ve looked at a lot of wills in the National Archives of Scotland (previously Scottish Record Office), both for family, and for university and work reasons. However for many I just kept handwritten notes and didn’t arrange photocopies. Getting copies … Continue reading

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An expert on fireworks in the family tree

All the preparations for Bonfire Night and fireworks have just reminded me that there was apparently an expert of fireworks in the family tree. My 7xg-uncle Logan Henderson (b. ca 1735) from East Lothian was the youngest son of a … Continue reading

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