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From my research I believe that my Byrnes (Beirne, Burns etc) family lived near Ballyglass, Baslick, Roscommon.  Hanora Shannon was wife of Patrick Byrnes.  Their son, Thomas, was my great grandfather.  I believe that Hanora died prior to civil registration of deaths.  I'm wondering if there are any graveyards in this area?  Or if anyone has any suggestions for finding out more information about her or the family?  Thomas was born about 1839 and immigrated to US in 1859.  I've been trying to locate where the family lived, as there's no baptismal record for Thomas.

thank you for any assistance.



Friday 7th January 2022, 08:14PM

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  • Patsy:

    As you already discovered RC records for Baslick/Ogulla parish start in 1864, the same year civil registration started.

    There is a Patrick Beirne shown in Ballyglass townland in the 1855 Griffiths Valuation head of household listing for Baslick civil parish.

    I did not find a good lead for a civil death record for Patrick 1864 on so I'm wondering if he also died pre-1864.

    There is a Baslick graveyard on  I did not see any record for Patrick or Hanora. I think it would be unlikely to find a headstone for someone who died in the 1850s unless a child or grandchild erected the headstone many years after the death.

    Have you considered DNA testing?

    Roger McDonnell


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Friday 7th January 2022, 09:41PM