View Full Version : Finding an Irish Birthplace

15-08-2007, 12:45 PM
My gg grandfather's parents or grandparents were supposedly Irish. (My g grandmother's elder sister told my grandfather he was but my g grandmother denied it.) I've found a possibility for them. (See this thread (http://www.british-genealogy.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20531).)

Wolstanton, Staffordshire, 1871:
Catherine Holmes, head, W, 64, House keeper, Ireland
Eliza Holmes, dau, unm, 27, General servant, Ireland
John Holmes, son, unm, 34, Potter, Ireland
Richard Holmes, son, unm, 24, Potter, Ireland
Thomas Holmes, grandson, 3, Lancashire, Stockport
Matthew Walsh, boarder, unm, 26, Coal Miner, Ireland
(Class: RG10; Piece: 2847; Folio: 45; Page: 28; GSU roll: 836378)

I can't find them on the later censuses, nor can I find death records so I was wondering if they might have gone back to Ireland. Is there any way to find out if they did this i.e. Irish records from the 1870s/80s or ship records? Also, how would I find out where in Ireland they came from? I've heard about localised surnames and such. Does anyone know if that would work in this case, how to do it (links?) or if there are any better methods?

26-09-2007, 7:05 AM
Assuming the family were catholics it might be worth your while trying to obtain the grandsons BAPTISM certificate. It may give the birthplace/parish of the Irish parent...I've had luck in the past