looking for parish , townland and ancestors of sullivan family who left county kerry for canada approx. 1849.the family consisted of...john sr. remained in county kerry
ellen shea..remained in county kerry
john sullivan jr...b..1828..d..1892
in canada the family obtained crown land at lot 3 con 3 bentinck twp. grey county ontario.any information concerning my sullivan would be greatly appreciated.........(mr) kerry sullivan
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Do you know much about their emigration? The dates, the reason why they left, who they may have travelled with?..etc..Generally more information was given at the port of arrival rather than the port of departure. If you knew which city they arrived at (e.g. Liverpool, New York, etc.), this could be a good place to find more information. -And perhaps even find out an exact place of origin.
Do you know their religion?
Most Catholic records are held locally - One site which might be of use is - http://www.irishtimes.com/ancestor/browse/ - where you can ‘browse’ an overview of available records per county. If you have any difficulty, you could try writing to the parish priest for possible assistance.
Church of Ireland parish registers for the period up to 1870-are public records. Registers are available for about one third of the parishes, however many were destroyed in the Public Records Office in Dublin in 1922. Most are still held by the local clergy, although some are in the National Archives of Ireland and others are in the Representative Church Body Library in Dublin. A list of all surviving registers is available in the National Archives. http://ireland.anglican.org/about/42 and http://www.nationalarchives.ie/. The Anglican Record Project is has created an index to their records: http://ireland.anglican.org/cmsfiles/pdf/AboutUs/library/AngRecord/bunclodyunionindex.pdf
Civil registration records are available from the General Register Office (GRO). These start from 1864 and may be useful in finding additional family members. You can access the website here: http://www.groireland.ie/research.htm
Failte Romhat has lots of other useful links you could try looking at ). www.failteromhat.com
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