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I have an ancestor, Francis Joseph Robison (1743-1829) m Jean McMahon in Co Tyrone before they emigrate to America. They were from Dungannon, Drumglass, Co Tyrone or Drumcask, Cavan (information on Ancestry is a mess). I believe his father is John Robison. They were Presbyterians. I would like to know where exactly they came from in Ireland as I am trying to connect some Pennsylvania offspring by having come from the same area.


Wednesday 10th Aug 2022, 08:18PM

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  • hampan,

    Researching in Ireland in the 1700s is very hard going due to the general lack of records.  You are looking for baptisms around the 1740s and a marriage 1760s or 1770s. If the family was Presbyterian and came from the Dungannon area, then the bad news is that there are no church records that go back that far. The nearest are Dungannon 1st Presbyterian which has records from 1790 onwards.  Drumcask, Cavan is in the parish of Kinawley. It doesn’t have a Presbyterian church at all. The nearest is probably Killeshandra which has baptisms from 1743 and marriages from 1741 (with gaps). There’s a copy of those records in PRONI (the public record office) in Belfast. I don’t think they are on-line anywhere so a personal visit would be required to view them.

    Possibly DNA testing may be a way of matching with others who have additional information about where the family originate. Family Tree DNA reportedly has more people with Ulster roots than any other company. That obviously increases the chances of finding a match. You might want to try them or, if you have already tested, you can transfer your results to them for no fee.

    The North of Ireland Family History Society is running an Ulster DNA project in conjunction with FTDNA and can offer testing kits at a reduced price. (Go to DNA project on the website).



    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 10th Aug 2022, 09:08PM
  • Elwyn,

    Thank you for your prompt reply and advice. I have FTDNA acct and have just joined the NIFHS and attempted to join the Ulster DNA Project. I look forward to a visit to the area once I am more clear where to go and what I am looking for in the several family lines I am following. Through my brother we are in the Hamilton Project and I have a Scott cousin who I have asked to join several other Projects.

    Patricia Hamilton


    Thursday 11th Aug 2022, 05:46PM

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