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Looking for information about my Great great great grandfather Thomas Walsh or Welch or Walch wife was Lily Hopkins.  Great Great grandfather Thomas McLaughlin, wife Lilly Walsh. Immigrated to US in about 1828, to the Saltzburg, PA area.


Friday 5th Apr 2024, 12:18PM

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  • Rita,

    Statutory birth, death and marriage registration (in some jurisdictions called Vital Records) only started in Ireland in 1864, save for non RC marriages which were recorded from 1845 onwards. So you probably won’t find statutory birth, death or marriage certificates in Ireland for this family. For earlier years you usually need to rely on church records, where they exist.  Ideally you need to know the precise denomination and have some idea of where the person was born in order to search the correct records. Not all churches have records for that period and not all that do are on-line.

    RC records are mostly on-line on the nli site:

    For other denominations, the churches usually hold the originals but there are also copies in PRONI, the public record office, in Belfast. A personal visit is required to access them. Access to the records there is free. This link explains what records exist, parish by parish:

    If you are unable to go yourself, you could employ a researcher. Researchers in the PRONI area:

    Contacting PRONI by e-mail, letter or phone:


    2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, Northern Ireland BT3 9HQ

    Phone: +4428 9053 4800

    Fax: +4428 9025 5999


    The RC parish records are on-line free on the National Library site:

    Possibly DNA testing may be a way of matching with others who have additional information about where the family originate. Family Tree DNA reportedly has more people with Ulster roots than any other company. That obviously increases the chances of finding a match. If you have already tested your DNA with Ancestry, My Heritage or 23&Me you can upload your DNA results to Family Tree DNA for free and then join the North of Ireland Family History Society DNA Project. Simple instructions on how to do this can be found here:

    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Friday 5th Apr 2024, 03:39PM
  • Rita,

    If  you have access to Ancestry, there are many public member trees featuring this family.


    Friday 5th Apr 2024, 09:40PM

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