Memorial Cards are a wonderful resource for genealogists and family historians. For many people searching for their Irish roots, they provide information that has passed from living memory. The cards were (and still are in some cases) printed when someone dies to honour them and were traditionally kept in prayer books so that the living could remember the dead and pray for their souls. Sadly, many of these cards are destroyed in house clearances because people don't understand their value. They often can fill the gap between historical records and living memory.
Our friends in Clare have done an incredible job with their collection.
I would like to announce the launch of the Kerry Memorial Card Project 2013.
Volunteers will enter details from Memorial Cards into a database.
This database is open to the following,
Memorial Cards for anyone born in Kerry,
Memorial Cards for people who lived in Kerry for most of their lives
or Memorial Cards for anyone who died in Kerry.
If you would like to contribute Memorial Cards from your family please scan the originals front and back and mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to add an email address at which possible family members can contact you, please do so.
We hope that this database will find a home online but until then you can use the same email address to make enquiries. This will be a slow task but we are very excited by the possibility that it will help people with Kerry roots all over the world to find their family of origin.
Please share this blog with anyone you know who is searching for their Kerry roots... and thank you.
On the 29th of August 1846, William Barry, placed an advert. in the Boston Pilot,
in search of his mother Margaret Barry.
He listed her husband as James and her other children as Mary and John.
Her maiden name was McGennis,
her home county Kerry and
the townland, Kiltallagh in the Poor Law Union of Tralee.
A search of the church records online for Margaret Mcgennis with additional name James Barry, brings up a marriage in Castlemaine in 1822.
But is this our Margaret?
A further search for Margaret Gennis and James Barry (with only Kerry as a location since we don't know if they moved around) brings up the baptism of 3 children,
William in 1822
and Mary 1828
This fits with an arrival date in America of 1830 (as per the advert.)
An email to Fr. Luke in Castlemaine RC Parish with a request for any birth certificates for William, John and Mary may elicit information about their marriages (if any) since some parish records of births include information re. marriages.
Fr. Luke Roche, P.P., Castlemaine, Co. Kerry. 066-9767322. Fax: 066-9767467 e.mail: email@example.com
A search for the townland of Kiltallagh brings no results but I find that Castlemaine (the place of the marriage and baptisms) is in the Civil Parish of Kiltallagh, the Barony of Trughanacmy, and the Poor Law Union of Tralee. So maybe we do have a match after all!
There are many other research avenues in Ireland, such as Griffiths Valuation.
However, a US search might also find useful information by checking out
Patrick Griffin (The person listed as a contact)
I wonder was Margaret reunited with her family? Was Patrick Griffin related to the family? And how did they all fare in the New World?
If you know, I'd love to hear from you....