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Finding the Bunting history

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Edward Bunting was my GG grandfather, born 1815 in the area of Crewcat(?). His father was John Bunting from the same area. I am trying to determine the identities of the wives of both men, marriage dates and places. Edward died in Queensland in 1858..not sure about John...some confusion as to him immigrating to Queensland and dying here...can anyone provide any data to assist in this research for my family tree.  


Emma Carty
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Joined: 28 Jan 2013



Thank you for your message.

Crewcat is a townland in the civil parish of Kilmore, Co. Armagh


It may be difficult to find John and Edward’s marriage certificates without knowing where the marriage took place. Civil registration did not become mandatory in Ireland until 1864, as a result it was up to the churches to records births/baptisms, marriages and deaths before then. Most of these record are still held at a local level, so you can see why knowing the parish where the marriage took place is necessary.

You could take Kilmore parish as a starting point as this was where they lived.

For Catholic records you may want to try writing to the local parish priest for assistance. One website which you may find useful is the Irish TImes where they give an overview of what records are available in specific parishes. For Kilmore parish follow this link:


For information on Church of Ireland records go to http://ireland.anglican.org/about/42 and http://www.nationalarchives.ie/.

Although there is no complete set of church records available online there are a couple of place you could try looking:

www.familysearch.org and www.rootsireland.ie Please note that Roots Ireland is a paying website.

As civil registration began in 1864, if John died after this date and was still in Ireland there would be a record of his death in civil records.These records are available from the General Register’s Office in Dublin. Here is their website:


You can search the indexes to these records online at:


For more information go to :


Have you tried looking into immigration records? If you could find Edwards immigration record you may find reference to who he was travelling with. If he was already married it may list his wife’s name. It may also help you confirm if John travelled as well.

Some websites that you may find useful in your research are:

The National Archives of Ireland http://www.nationalarchives.ie/genealogy1/genealogy-records/introduction/

The National Library of Ireland http://www.nli.ie/en/family-history-introduction.aspx

The National Archives UK – genealogy search: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/looking-for-person/

The Public Records Office of Northern Ireland http://www.proni.gov.uk/index/family_history.htm

Genealogy links: http://www.genealogylinks.net/uk/ireland/armagh/index.html

You could also try contacting Armagh Ancestry for assistance, however a fee may apply.


I hope that this is helpful. Please be patient - as our programme has only begun to rollout across the island of Ireland and volunteers in some areas may not yet be organized.

Kind regards,

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