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I am trying to trace the birthplace of my great grandfather John McHale born circa 1863 in Mayo. Unfortunately I don't know where. In the  1901 and 1911 census he was living in Emo, Queens County . He was married to Elizabeth (Cullen ) and they had four sons- Patrick born 1891 , Thomas born 1895 , Michael (my grandfather) born 1899 and Peter born 1904.

His father was Patrick McHale also from Mayo.  He was born in 1830/40.

I would be very grateful for any help in tracing my family.

Many thanks. 


Thursday 8th Mar 2018, 08:42PM

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  • catdoll:

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    Roots Ireland had a number of John McHale baptismal/birth records around 1863. The 1863 record is below from Turlough. There was also two 1862 records and four 1864 records.

    I tried to locate the marriage record for Elizabeth Cullen and John McHale but had no success. I noticed in the 1901 and 1911 census records that her mother was Bridget Lynch so I also searched under Lynch with no success. Is it possible they were married outside of Ireland. Was John in the military for a period of time?

    Roger McDonnell

    Name:John McHaleDate of Birth:
    Date of Baptism:18-Oct-1863Address:LaraganParish/District:TURLOUGH/PARKEGender:MaleCountyMAYO
    Denomination:Roman Catholic
    Father:Pat McHaleMother:Ann McHaleOccupation:
    Sponsor 1 /
    Informant 1:Pat McNicholas Sponsor 2 /
    Informant 2:Mary McHale 

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Thursday 8th Mar 2018, 09:00PM
  • There were quite a few McHales in Achill Mayo which is my parish of interest but I couldn't find your line there.

    The marriage record from has his first name as Michael - if this is your man?

    Date of Marriage:27-Apr-1890
    Parish / District:Ballybrittas
    County:Co. Laois
    Husband MichaelMcHale Courtwood Occupation:Labourer Full Age (Over 21) Bachelor
    Wife: Elizabeth Cullen Courtwood Servant Full Age Over 21) Status Spinster
    Husband's Father Patrick McHale Labourer
    Wife's Father ThomasCullen Labourer
    Witness 1 Ryan Michael
    Witness 2 KellyMary

    Church: Courtwood
    Priest: Hanrick Martin

    G'day Roger!

    Will be in Ireland July & August this year


    ColCaff, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Friday 9th Mar 2018, 07:31AM
  • Hi Cousin Col!

    I envy you having all that time in the Rebel County. We will likely go back again in November for ten days or so.


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Friday 9th Mar 2018, 06:41PM
  • Thanks everyone for the quick replies.

    The confusion in my search is because my great grandfather, as far as I am aware ,was called Michael John McHale  but for some reason he is called John McHale on the 1901 and 1911 censuses although his wedding certificate and my grandfather Michael's birth  certificate names him as Michael McHale. 

    I would be grateful for any help in tracing a Michael McHale born circa 1830/40 in Mayo. I don't  know which district and am a loss as to where to start.

    Many thanks. 


    Saturday 10th Mar 2018, 06:53PM
  • catdoll:

    McHale is a very common surname in Mayo. There were eleven Michael McHale baptismal records in the 1830s on Roots Ireland and many Mayo churches do not have records back to the 1830s. so very difficult to trace.


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Sunday 11th Mar 2018, 01:38PM

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