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Hi everyone - my first post here.

My great grandfather William Miley was born in County Dublin according to the enumerator of a 1911 census. However, on the earlier 1891 census it states he was born in County Louth (other returns just say 'Ireland'). I wonder if this could have been because of a boundary change?

Various census returns put William's DOB as between 1831-1833 so I’m trying to confirm a more accurate date/location. Any help would be much appreciated!

Paul William Miley

Saturday 27th June 2020, 12:15PM

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  • Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    Do you know the names of the parents of your William Miley?

    I found one possible record on the subscription site Roots Ireland. No records in that time period in Co. Louth.

    Roger McDonnell

    Name:William MileyDate of Birth:
    Date of Baptism:26-May-1833Address:CabinteelyParish/District:KINGSTOWNGender:MaleCountyCo. Dublin
    Denomination:Roman Catholic
    Father:William MileyMother:MaryOccupation:
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    Informant 2:Bridget Devine

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Saturday 27th June 2020, 01:46PM
  • Good morning Roger.

    Yes - I had come across that entry before (struggled a bit with the writing- especially the cut off place name in the centre of the book).

    A couple ot times my dad -William Miley (born 1913 son of William Miley born 1881) said that his grandparents were Irish Catholic - William (born somewhere between 1831-1833) and Mary Miley but they were actually William and Susan.

    However, as his father died when he was 14 years old he may have misremembered what he was told and his great grandparents were William and Mary. So the entry that you and I came across is an exciting possibility. I've had a DNA test done and I'm hoping that other Mileys in Ireland and elsewhere may at some point do the same!

    Dad once said that he'd been told as a boy that the spelling of our surname had been changed generations before - and we were descended from a famous Irish king. Who knows, there may be a grain of truth in the tale. 

    Regardless  thank you very much for taking the trouble to double check for me!

    Kind regards

    Paul William Miley (& my eldest son is Brett William - so we are keeping that name alive!).

    Paul William Miley

    Sunday 28th June 2020, 08:19AM
  • Hi,

    I think that we may possibly be related, my great, great grandfather came from County Louth and emmigrated to Manchester. His name was William and he was a bootmaker.
    Part of his family moved to New York I believe.


    Friday 6th November 2020, 08:52AM
  • Hi!

    I think that William Miley born in the 1830s may have had two families. I'm still working on it!

    I have here an old audio cassette tape recording - a short interview I captured with my dad - also William Miley. It was recorded in 1986 I think (I will check - I recently transferred it to my main PC with a few others). Now his dad, my grandfather, was also William Miley and died when dad was only 14 years old. My great grandfather William Miley died when my dad was only 2 years old. So you can appreciate that I didn't get many results when I started asking questions.  However, he does at one stage definitely say that at least one relation left for New York. He also said that a Miley relation in New York advertised in Manchester (possibly in the 1930's ) for relations to go over to New York and join him/her/them. Maybe the same person?

    Interesting stuff! So, I have some certificates etc to show how I'm related to my great grandfather. I'm very happy to share what I have with you if you can do the same. My email address is




    Paul William Miley

    Friday 6th November 2020, 11:19PM
  • Paul I am sure you are my dad's cousin! Did you interview my grandad John (Jack) Miley? My dad is Stuart Miley. I lost a lot of my old contacts and my family isn't very close knit


    Saturday 7th November 2020, 08:28PM
  • Hiya!

    Richard once took me around to see Jack as they lived very close to each other. I didn't have much time and I had a long journey ahead of me so it was a very brief visit and I didn't have any kind of recorder with me so nothing on tape. How I wish it had been different! I have so many regrets in life.  It was great to see him though and I took him a few cans. 

    How is David getting on in Canada? I was in contact with him briefly before we made several house (and county!) moves.




    Paul William Miley

    Sunday 8th November 2020, 10:46PM