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I will be visiting Ireland this year and want to try and find out more about John Hanrahan and his daughter Bridget and Michael Cunningham Sr and Jr.  I believe they left Ireland in the 1850s. They settled in the US in Iowa and were farmers. 


Tuesday 18th Feb 2020, 02:23AM

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  • Dear Cocor1:

    Thank you for your post to the message board.,  I will pass this query to a local person who may be able to help.  If you have not done so already, please check out the Killofin page at the Clare Library:


    If you have any questions, or would like to share your travel plans,  please email medirectly at:

    Kind regards,



    Jane Halloran Ryan

    Tuesday 18th Feb 2020, 12:31PM
  • Michael Cunningham of Lakyle in Killofin parish, labourer, and Bridget Hanrahan had a daughter Bridget jr. born in Lakyle on 3 Feb 1864 (just a few weeks after the introduction of civil registration of births in Ireland, but several years after their namesakes of interest to you had left Ireland):…
    Date of Birth    1864
    Group Registration ID    7878696
    SR District/Reg Area    Kildysart
    Sex    N/R
    Mother's Birth Surname    N/R

    The above index entry is linked to the wrong PDF image, and should link to…

    By coincidence, the version of the index also has the wrong page number:

    Ireland, Civil Registration Births Index, 1864-1958
    Name:     Bridget Cunningham
    Date of Registration:     1864
    Registration district:     Killadysert
    Birth Country:     Ireland
    Volume:     4
    Page:     296 [recte 290]
    FHL Film Number:     101041

    There is also an extract at

    Name: Bridget Cunningham
    Event Type: Birth
    Event Date: 3 Feb 1864
    Event Place: Leaba Shíoda, County Clare, Ireland
    Event Place (Original): Labasheeda, Clare, Ireland
    Gender: Female
    Father's Name: Michael Cunningham
    Mother's Name: Bridget Hanrihan
    GS Film Number: 101083
    Digital Folder Number: 007763801
    Citing this Record
    "Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881", database, FamilySearch ( : 15 February 2020), Bridget Hanrihan in entry for Bridget Cunningham, 1864.

    In Lakyle North in Griffith's Valuation in 1855, John Cunningham sublet a house (no. 12Ba) with rateable annual valuation of 5 shillings on James Davis's land.  There was also a Thomas Cunningham in Lakyle North, but there was no Cunningham in Lakyle South.

    Michael might be related to either Thomas or John.

    John Cunningham was a fisherman according to the 1883 marriage certificate of his daughter Mary Cunningham of Lackille and the 1887 marriage certificate of his son Michael Cunningham, fisherman, of Lakyle.

    John still has descendants living in the area, including a GGgrandson who is JA3361778 at in case you are interested in looking for DNA matches.

    Paddy Waldron, IrelandXO Volunteer

    Tuesday 25th Feb 2020, 06:40PM
  • I have Hanrahans and Cunninghams in my family tree. My gg grandfather is a John Hanrahan born in Ireland about 1840 and settled in Gulf Summit, NY. I have his mother as Bridget (Cunningham?) I am a match for JA3361778. My GedMatch is PZ1483523.

    I sure would love help in sorting out this family!

    Diana McDonough Griffin



    Saturday 30th Jan 2021, 08:09PM
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    Saturday 30th Jan 2021, 08:13PM
  • Hi Diana

    Do you have the full death certificate for your GGGgrandmother Mrs. Bridget Hanrahan?

    If so, then posting a copy of it here would be a huge help.

    If not, then you must order a copy based on the index entry linked to your tree at…

    The same applies to the marriage and death certificates of her son John Hanrahan.

    It is not clear from your tree and from the multiple linked marriage records whether Bridget's maiden surname was Cunningham or Curtin or Ladrigan.

    If your ancestors were married in one of the many parishes for which registers have not survived, then will try very hard to persuade you, via its abominable shaky-leaf-hint virus, that they married in a parish for which registers have survived.  You will have train yourself to resist this persuasion.

    You and your brother certainly have a number of small DNA matches to people with Hanrahan ancestry from County Clare.


    Paddy Waldron, IrelandXO Volunteer

    Monday 1st Feb 2021, 02:52AM

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