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    Bathgate used to be in a county named...

    Bathgate used to be in a county named Linlithgowshire. In 1921 the name was changed to West Lothian. British Genealogy doesn’t have a board for either option.
  2. Doreen, I am not familiar with “oldcourt...

    Doreen,

    I am not familiar with “oldcourt Kilkenny” records but the original RC parish records for Inistioge (the RC parish that includes Oldcourt) can be found here:
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  3. Doreen, I should think that the reason you...

    Doreen,

    I should think that the reason you can’t find Nicholas & Margaret’s marriage is because the records don’t exist. I mentioned that the parishes marriage records don’t start till 1827. They...
  4. Griffiths Valuation (1850) lists a Nicholas...

    Griffiths Valuation (1850) lists a Nicholas Fleming farming plots 2 & 3 in Oldcourt, Kilkenny. Oldcourt is in the civil parish of Clonamery.
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    I think the dates you have given for the 2...

    I think the dates you have given for the 2 marriages need reviewed. The marriages appear to have been in 1868 & 69 not 1898 & 99.

    Birth certificates were only introduced in Ireland in 1864 so for...
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    Birth registration only started in Ireland in...

    Birth registration only started in Ireland in 1864 so if Richard Alexander was born in 1862 you won't get a birth certificate for him. You might find his baptism but to do that you would need to know...
  7. The Edward Pepper who died in 1872 was 84. Here’s...

    The Edward Pepper who died in 1872 was 84. Here’s his death certificate:

    https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/deaths_returns/deaths_1872/020715/7268260.pdf

    Looking at the...
  8. Here’s a link to the 1843 marriage. Witnesses...

    Here’s a link to the 1843 marriage. Witnesses were Mathew Macken & Mary O’Hare.

    https://registers.nli.ie/registers/vtls000633287#page/118/mode/1up


    Possible death for Frances in 1885. Wife...
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    Tradition was to marry in the bride’s church...

    Tradition was to marry in the bride’s church after which she’d usually attend her husband’s. So the Church of England marriage suggests the bride at least was of that denomination. Church of England...
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    The Penal Laws didn't ban Catholics from...

    The Penal Laws didn't ban Catholics from marrying. They made it difficult for the church to operate but it carried on. Catholics in Ireland married before a priest all through the 1600s and 1800s and...
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    My mother was divorced in about 1946 and...

    My mother was divorced in about 1946 and remarried at Coventry Register Office in 1948. Her previous marital status on the 1948 certificate is described as: “The divorced wife of x.” It doesn't give...
  12. Before the Poor Law system was introduced in...

    Before the Poor Law system was introduced in Ireland c 1840, the church was responsible for supporting the poor. When a woman had an illegitimate child the Presbyterian Church would usually challenge...
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    The 2 people I knew who worked at Gatow did this...

    The 2 people I knew who worked at Gatow did this as part of their National Service, around 1956 I think. The playwright Alan Bennett who is/was a Russian speaker was also there at that time. As the...
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    I know 2 Russian speakers who worked at Gatow in...

    I know 2 Russian speakers who worked at Gatow in the 1950s. Their task mainly was to listen to Russian air traffic control messages and transcribe them. There was a Russian airfield somewhere...
  15. The missing children from the...

    The missing children from the Johnstone/McConaghie family appear to be:

    Martha Jane b 2.2.1887 at Glebe. Died 20.1.1896
    Andrew b 11.8.1882 at Dartries

    The dead Martha’s name was used again for...
  16. Thank you.

    Thank you.
  17. The Barmouth referred to on your G Grandfather’s...

    The Barmouth referred to on your G Grandfather’s birth certificate is probably the barmouth for the River Bann which is just a couple of miles away from Castlerock. It’s still in use today, mainly by...
  18. There are 2 Presbyterian churches near...

    There are 2 Presbyterian churches near Castlerock. 1st Dunboe has baptisms from 1805 onwards (with some gaps). They are complete from 1843 onwards. Marriages start in 1845 (and are on the...
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    The idea of a single or correct spelling for a...

    The idea of a single or correct spelling for a surname or a place name in Ireland is very much a recent phenomenon designed to meet the needs of modern officialdom. Before that there was no...
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    Rose, The 1859 baptism doesn’t provide a...

    Rose,

    The 1859 baptism doesn’t provide a townland (address) so all you can really say is that the couple lived somewhere in the RC parish of Loughgall (which encompasses the civil parishes of both...
  21. It's given as his occupation on his death...

    It's given as his occupation on his death certificate (Pensioner Royal Artillery):

    https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/deaths_returns/deaths_1896/05909/4677338.pdf
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    My guess is that in most cases the enumerator...

    My guess is that in most cases the enumerator will probably have challenged or corrected entries that didn’t provide a place of birth according to the instructions. So you probably will often get a...
  23. The Catholic church likes a child to have a...

    The Catholic church likes a child to have a saints name. It’s quite common for Mary to be used (for obvious reasons). You often get males in Ireland with a baptismal middle name of Mary.
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    Further to the above, possible parents marriage...

    Further to the above, possible parents marriage on 15.8.1897 in Co. Meath:

    https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/marriage_returns/marriages_1897/10463/5810490.pdf


    This...
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    WW2 service records are still held by the MOD....

    WW2 service records are still held by the MOD. They are not on-line anywhere. There is a procedure for applying for them. The service person has to be dead and there’s a fee to pay. There used to be...
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