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If that is his real name.  I am looking for information regarding my great-grandfather who was orphaned as an infant.  Is there any resources I can find online without going directly to Ireland to find out who his parents were?  He was known as John Arthur or John Arther Ryan.  I am looking everywhere for records regarding his birth, with the information I have, his birthdate could be February 4, 1875, but his birthdate could be incorrect, which is why I am looking for orphanage records.  Any help would be appreciated.…


Tuesday 3rd May 2022, 11:34PM

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  • Civil registration of births was required starting 1864, so Ryan's birth should have been recorded.  You can search at


    Wednesday 4th May 2022, 06:24PM
  • Denise:

    The tree you shared shows John Ryan was born in Belfast. I went on the site that Patricia cited for the years 1870-1880 and there were 982 John Ryan baptismal records registered in Ireland in that time period. However, only 2 of the 982 were in the Belfast registration district.

    See the third record on this link…; for a John Ryan born in Belfast on January 28 1876. Possible lead.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 4th May 2022, 08:19PM
  • Roger,

    My apologies for the late response.  Thank you for helping me.  I cannot click the link you had shared, the link is broken.  Could you please email it to me?


    Thank you,



    Wednesday 18th May 2022, 09:06PM

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