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According to my grandmother's bible My gggrandfather James McGUIGAN (bn June 5 1844) and Jane GAFFNEY (Bn May 7 1843) were married by Rev. Father Francis O'Reilly on June 5 1862. This is the only details that we have regarding these ancestors, There is no record of either coming to Australia (which they must have as my gggrandmother was born in Victoria Australia on October 9 1865.

I am trying to track down any siblings, parents etc. of both these people.

Any assistance would be appreciated.

Thank you. 


Sunday 20th May 2012, 02:49AM

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  • Hi there,

    May I ask why you have posted the message in Ballytemple, Co. Cavan? Do you now that you have a connection there?

    Do you know what religion they were?

    If they do have a Ballintemple connection and were Catholic, I can offer you a suggestion. There are Roman Catholic church records available for the diocese of Ballintemple (Kikmore). The baptismal records start in 1862 and the marriage records start in October 1862. Just a little too late! If you would still like to check these records, they can be found at the National Library of Ireland, Pos. 5343, or the Public Records of Northern Ireland (PRONI), MIC.1D/76. If you have any difficulty, you could try writing to the parish priest for more assistance.

    Civil registration records are available from the General Register Office (GRO). These start from 1864 however. You can access the website here:

    You could also try checking the land records called the Tithe Applotment Books (1823-38) or the later Griffith's Valuation (1848-64). Griffith's is freely available here: or here: Failte Romhat has lots of other useful links you could try looking at. Tithe Applotment Books (1823-38). Microfilm copies of the books for all of Ireland are available at the National Archives of Ireland (NAI) or the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS).

    Have you checked the immigration records in Australia? You have the name of the ship and a date, so this will help a lot. Generally, more information was given at the port of arrival rather than the port of departure. The University of Woolongong has produced, on microfiche, a complete index and transcript of all information concerning immigrants of Irish origin recorded on ships' passenger lists between 1848 and 1867. These are useul for finding out an exact place of origin as well as parents' names. The Public Record Office of Victoria has good online databases of settlers at Otherwise, other records may be found in the Colonial Office Papers of the UK National Archives, class reference CO 201. This class contains a wide variety of records, including petitions for assisted passages, emigrants' lists, records of emigrants on board ship, peitions from settlers for financial assistance and much more.

    Please make sure you link anyone else in your family who is interested in their Irish heritage to our site - and indeed anyone else you know of Irish heritage.

    Kind regards,

    Sinead Cooney

    Genealogist (Ireland XO)

    Tuesday 5th Jun 2012, 03:45PM

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