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Good afternoon,

I am trying to determine the date of the death of Bryan Ryan of Gown, Kilkenny. Bryan Ryan was married to Hanora(h) Bridget Murphy and they had eight children, all of whom migrated to Australia.  One of their daughters, Ellen is my great grandmother. Hanora joined her children in Australia in 1868, I believe after the death of her husband Bryan. 

Bryan Ryan was born in 16th Sept 1797  (I think) Hanora and Bryan were married in Kilkenny in 1824.  All eight children's baptisms occurred in Gowran. In 1856 they may have been living in Laois (Queen's) Kilkenny.

I believe Bryan Ryan may have died in 1866 in County Meath Ireland. I also believe Bryan's parents to be Jno Ryan and Mary Bourke. (Not all who have Bryan Ryan in their Family Tree agree with this)

I have a death certificate for a Bryan Ryan that fits the profile. It was issued bt the Ireland, Civil Registration Deaths Index, 1864 - 1958. Vol 9 Page 467 FHL Number 101584, but its evidence is not conclusive.

Any help you are able to give would be greatly appreciated,

Pam Fleming


Wednesday 19th May 2021, 05:59AM

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  • Pam:

    The free site has civil death record images of the actual records from 1871-1970. The records for 1864-1870 are currently just index records but we expect that eventually the site will add the images of these records. Death records show the date of death, name of the deceased, townland, cause of death and the name of the informant and in some cases the relationship of the informant to the deceased.

    I see five index records fro a Bryan Ryan from 1864-1868. Two of the records are close to where he lived. There is an 1866 record in the Drogheda registration district which I assume is the one in mentioned in your note and an 1864 record in the Thomastown registration district in Co. Kilkenny. This Bryan was 55 when he died.

    If your Bryan lived in Gowran civil parish when he died, his record should have been recorded in the Kilkenny registration district.

    You can contact the civil authorities and try to get a copy of the 1866 record or wait until the images are loaded online. Here is a link to the site which has instructions on getting a copy of the record. It costs five euros.…

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 19th May 2021, 03:12PM

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