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 Hello! My name is Kimberly McGinley, and I am inquiring about the McGinley family.  My husband is the grandson of George McGinley, born on Feb 2 1908, I believe, in Stranorlar to Catherine and George McGinley.  Catherine (1871-1961) was the daughter of John McGettigan (1838-1908) and Hannah Bradley (1842-1917).  Our family will be travelling from Philadelphia, PA, United States, to Ireland this summer and would be so excited to come to Stranorlar and explore the family heritage.  If anyone can help me in finding additional information and/or getting me in touch with any relatives, I would be most grateful. Thank you so much, Kimberly McGinley;







Kimberly McGinley

Monday 16th December 2019, 10:15PM

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  • Hi Kimberly,


    Looks like George senior was a "scutcher" (cotton processor)

    Name:George McGinleyDate of Birth:02-Feb-1908
    Registration Date:14-Feb-1908Address:BallinabreenParish/District:CASTLEFINGender:MaleCountyCo. Donegal
    Denomination:Civil Record
    Father:George McGinleyMother:Catherine McGettiganOccupation:Scutcher
    Informant 1:Catherine McGinley

    Parents' marriage:

    Date of Marriage:23-Sep-1895
    Parish / District:STRABANE
    Husband GeorgeMcginley Address:Ballindrait Occupation: FLAX SCUTCHER Bachelor 
    CatherineMcgettigan Braid Rossgier FARMERS DAUGHTERAge:22 Spinster
    22Status:Bachelor (Previously unmarried)
    Husband's Father Hugh McGinley LABOURER
    Wife's Father JohnMcgettigan FARMER
    Witness 1:Name:PatrickMcgettigan
    Witness 2: MaggieMcgettiganAddress:



    Name:Annie Bella McginleyDate of Birth:10-Oct-1896
    Date of Baptism:18-Oct-1896Address:BallinabrineParish/District:LIFFORDGender:FemaleCountyCo. Donegal
    Denomination:Roman Catholic
    Father:George McginleyMother:Catherine McgettiganOccupation:
    Informant 1:Patrick McgettiganSponsor 2 /
    Informant 2:Maggie Mcgettigan



    Name:John McginleyDate of Birth:04-Nov-1897
    Date of Baptism:07-Nov-1897Address:BallynabreenParish/District:LIFFORDGender:MaleCountyCo. Donegal
    Denomination:Roman Catholic
    Father:George McginleyMother:Catherine McgettiganOccupation:
    Informant 1:John McgettiganSponsor 2 /
    Informant 2:Hannah Mcgettigan

    OF MAY 1935.

    Name:Hugh McGinleyDate of Birth:15-Jul-1899
    Registration Date:21-Jul-1899Address:BallinabreenParish/District:CASTLEFINGender:MaleCountyCo. Donegal
    Denomination:Civil Record
    Father:George McGinleyMother:Catherine McGettiganOccupation:Labourer
    Informant 1:Nancy McGinley

    Name:Patrick McGinleyDate of Birth:08-Oct-1901
    Registration Date:01-Nov-1901Address:BallynabreenParish/District:CASTLEFINGender:MaleCountyCo. Donegal
    Denomination:Civil Record
    Father:George McGinleyMother:Catherine McGettiganOccupation:Labourer

    Informant 1:Kate McGinley

    Name:Margaret Jane McGinleyDate of Birth:30-May-1903
    Registration Date:19-Jun-1903Address:BallinabreenParish/District:CASTLEFINGender:FemaleCountyCo. Donegal
    Denomination:Civil Record
    Father:George McGinleyMother:Catherine McGettiganOccupation:Labourer
    Informant 1:Catherine McGinley

    Name:Bernard McGinleyDate of Birth:02-Jul-1906
    Registration Date:27-Jul-1906Address:BallinabreenParish/District:CASTLEFINGender:MaleCountyCo. Donegal
    Denomination:Civil Record
    Father:George McGinleyMother:Catherine McGettiganOccupation:Scutcher
    Informant 1:Catherine McGinley

    So George was the youngest

    Possible baptism for George senior (but it's 10 years different to age at marriage)

    Name:George McginleyDate of Birth:
    Date of Baptism:04-Jun-1863Address:Milsessath ManorParish/District:LIFFORDGender:MaleCountyCo. Donegal
    Denomination:Roman Catholic
    Father:Hugh McginleyMother:Ann McdermotteOccupation:
    Sponsor 1 /
    Informant 1:George McdermotteSponsor 2 /
    Informant 2:Bridget Cunaghan

    Couldn't find the marriage record of McGettigan - Bradley

    We are not permitted to post people's contact details but if you check the irish phone book online you may find some of each surname in Stranorlar you could WRITE to (not cold call)



    ColCaff, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Thursday 19th December 2019, 10:02PM
  • Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Saturday 21st December 2019, 02:59AM
  • Thank you both so much! We did not know that Hugh  was the father of George, Sr. or what the occupations were of any of them.  I will definitely look into the phone numbers and try and write .  Apparently there was a "McGinley" home that was recently ( over the last several years) sold in that area.  Is there somewhere I can find real estate records? That may help as well. Again, thank you so much for you kindness and help. Best,Kim





    Kimberly McGinley

    Monday 23rd December 2019, 01:46AM
  • Kim,

    The Land Registry in Dublin keeps records of land ownership. There are search fees, and if you don’t know exactly where the property was, it could be an expensive search. See:

    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Tuesday 24th December 2019, 04:52PM
  • Good evening everyone! I want to introduce myself and thank you for such wonderful information. Kimberly, I had written to you via your email address a bit ago but thought I would reach out on here. I do not have any additional information to provide. However, my grandfather was Patrick McGinley (1901-1961). He passed quite a bit before I was born. Per my mother, he came here in 1929...Philadelphia to be exact and lived with his sister, Bella in SW Philly. He married my grandmother, Catherine Doherty, on June 10th, 1939. Together, they had Francis (1940-2005ish). Catherine (1941-2020) and Margaret, my mother, who was born in 1943. Of the other siblings, the one I was most familiar with was Margaret Jane. She married George Lawless and had 8 children. They resided in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. Two of their children entered religious life. I know there was a nun who passed away in the 60s or so from, I want to say rheumatic fever?. Father George Lawless O.S.A. passed away a few years ago. Her eldest daughter, Peggy, was proprieter of McNally's Tavern in Chestnut Hill. Bernard McGinley also settled in Philadelphia and had three children. His only daughter is still alive and is my brother's godmother :) There was another sister in the McGinley clan, Nellie. I know she passed away in 1980 and I believe she was born in 1906 or so. My mother and she were very close so I may be able to get more information from her. I do know that Nellie also came to Philadelphia and helped run the nursing school at Chestnut Hill Hospital in the 1950s and 1960s. However, in the latter part of the 60's or early 70's, she returned to Ireland which is where she remained until she passed away. The property you speak of, I have been told they would sit out at night and watch soldiers run guns in the hills outside of Strabane. At some point, my mom told me she was told it was actually two houses and the home the McGinleys were raised in was rather small. I had also heard that at some point, the property was sold to an order of nuns with the understanding that the family could stay a certain number of weeks a year. I am not sure how accurate this is. My grandparents passed away when my mom was quite young and they died about two months apart so what I know comes from dribs and drabs I have heard over the years and pieced together. I am also very interested in the property and what happened to it. My mom has a painting of it :) So, I was always curious at to what happened to it  and what it looks like now. Be well....Theresa


    Sunday 29th November 2020, 02:36AM