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Hello , I'm Cathy. I'm looking for my G-G-Grandfather,Thomas Callan came to America at some point we are unsure of the exact date and or circumstances. He was born Jan 1843-1845 (US census are not exact information).He at some point was in Memphis,TN where married(Mary) and had my G-Grandfather Thomas Joseph Callan. My grandfather Leo Callan is still alive at the age of 91 but not able to recall a lot of details. Census and or birth records that have more information would be brillant..Thank You

Thursday 29th Nov 2012, 03:58AM

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  • Hi

    Thank you for your message.

    Do you have any information regarding his emigration? Generally more information was given at the port of arrival rather than the port of departure. If you knew which city they arrived at (e.g. Liverpool, New York, etc.), this could be a good place to find more information.

    Most Catholic records are held locally - One site which might be of use is - - where you can ?browse? an overview of available records per county. If you have any difficulty, you could try writing to the parish priest for possible assistance.

    Church of Ireland parish registers for the period up to 1870-are public records. Registers are available for about one third of the parishes, however many were destroyed in the Public Records Office in Dublin in 1922. Most are still held by the local clergy, although some are in the National Archives of Ireland and others are in the Representative Church Body Library in Dublin. A list of all surviving registers is available in the National Archives. and  The Anglican Record Project is has created an index to their records:

    Some sites that might be helpful are: 


    The National Archives of Ireland

    The National Library of Ireland

    The National Archives UK ? genealogy search:


    Failte Romhat has lots of other useful links you could try looking at ).


    Irish Newspaper Archives:

    Remember to post as much information as you can with regard to the people you are researching. The more information you post, the more likely it is that one of our volunteers will be able to advise or assist you. Also include information concerning which sources you may have already used so others may further your search.

    Please be patient - as our programme has only begun to rollout across the island of Ireland and volunteers in some areas may not yet be organized.

    Kind regards,                    

    Genealogy Support 


    Tuesday 29th Jan 2013, 01:27PM

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