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Quirk and Brophy in Tipperary

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Hello, I am researching my Quirk family ancestors in Ireland and hope you can help me locate records.  My great-great-grandfather Michael Quirk was born 1810 in Tipperary.  He married Elizabeth Brophy. They had a son Michael James Quirk born 1848 in Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary.

This son Michael James Quirk migrated to Australia, and married Sarah Rowler on 15 May 1873 in Ballarat, Victoria.  Their son Michael James Quirk was born 2 October 1874, in Mortchup, Victoria, Australia, who married Maria Elvira Stone on 26 August 1902 in Freemantle, Western Australia.   They had my father Linden Blair Quirk, born 17 November 1915 in Wellington, New Zealand.

I hope you are able to identify some information about the Quirk and Brophy ancestors from Tipperary.  With my best wishes.

Brendan Quirk

Wellington, New Zealand


Emma Carty
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Joined: 28 Jan 2013

Hi Brendan,

Thank you very much for your message. I hope that someone with information on the Quirks and Brophys makes a connection with you and helps you to further your research.

It may be difficult to find information without a more specific place of origin. Most Irish record sources- church records, land records, census records- are based on specific locations. Until you know a specific location within Ireland, preferably a parish or placename, it may be difficult to do anything more with these records.

Do you have any documentation pertaining to the family that mentions any place names in Tipperary at all? This can include wills, marriage/death records,census records, letters, diary entries etc.

There are some places where you can search online, however it may be difficult to discern whether the results are relevant to your family or not without more information:

www.familysearch.org has a huge database of genealogical records including some church records for Ireland.

www.rootsireland.ie have a large collection of Irish Church records, however you have to pay to use this site.

You could also check for record of the family in the land records pertaining to Ireland in the 19th century. There are two:

The Tithe Applotment Books (1823-1838) found at http://titheapplotmentbooks.nationalarchives.ie/search/tab/home.jsp

and Griffith’s Valuation (1848-1864) found at http://www.askaboutireland.ie/griffith-valuation/

These records do not have any genealogical information but can sometimes be used to tie a person to a specific place.

`Have you tried looking into Michael’s emigration? Sometimes more infomation can be found at the port of arrival rather than that of departure. You may be lucky and find a place name here.The Public Record Office of Victoria has good online databases of settlers at www.prov.vic.gov.au

Some other websites that you may find useful 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

Irish Times: http://www.irishtimes.com/ancestor/index.htm

Irish Genealogy Tool kit: http://www.irish-genealogy-toolkit.com/

Genealogy Links: http://www.genealogylinks.net/uk/ireland/tipperary/index.html

From Ireland: www.from-ireland.net

IGP: www.igp-web.com/tipperary/index.htm

Best wishes,

Genealogy Support



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