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I sent a note to Swords as well, but recently understood my ancestor, Stephen Griffin was married in this parish to Jane Ward on Dec 7 of 1807. Since Jane was born in 1776, I am making a guess that Stephen was born near the same year. While I am guessing here, my guess is that he might of been baptised in Howth too. And direction or record of his baptism that would show who his parents were are much appreciated.

Warm regards,
Steve Griffin
Grand Rapids, MI USA

Steve Griffin

Thursday 27th September 2018, 01:45PM

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  • Steve:

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    The RC records for Howth start in 1784   I checked the subscription site Roots Ireland for records in North Dublin including Howth and the earliest Stephen Griffin baptismal record on Roots was in 1833. Likely your Stephen was born in a parish before records are available. There are Griffin baptismal records in Howth in 1785 (Anne) 1786 (Thomas) 1786 (Michael) Rose (1788) John (1789)  Possibly some of these Griffins are related to Stephen.

    You may want to post Stephen's story to our XO Chronicles site and possibly someone will see a connection.

    Have you considered DNA testing?

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Thursday 27th September 2018, 03:56PM
  • Thank you Roger. I will create a summary of the genealogy and include records where possible to the Chronicle.

    In fact I have done DNA testing through family tree DNA. I did test for all 500, but right now just the Y111 results are in. Still waiting for the rest. As of now it looks like no relatives with the surname have tested as much as the Y111. In fact the higher the testing no one matches from the Y database. So it didn't provide recent connections (recent meaning tying loose ends of my paper trail research). It did provide neat information, just not with family mapping.

    I have a complete paper trail the starts with the marriage of Stephen and Jane (Ward) Griffin in 1803. I did find Jane's baptism in 1776. That was found on the NLI website. Stephen Griffin has me stuck for the moment.

    Since their marriage was in Howth, I am making the assumption Stephen was baptised there. Jane was born in Swords, and so was their son Nicholas. I'll post the story shortly and thank you for that suggestion. If you have DNA testing through ftdna, let me know and I can share my kit #.

    Steve Griffin

    Steve Griffin

    Thursday 27th September 2018, 09:38PM
  • Hi Steve!

    I have done the Y-111 test thru Family Tree and also the Family Finder (autosomal) test. I have also tested with Ancestry and have my data on Gedmatch  T690844

    My paternal line comes from Mayo and Roscommon and my maternal line from Doonegal and Down. 



    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Friday 28th September 2018, 02:09PM
  • That's terrific Roger. I have up to Y111 posted on gedmatch also, T367886. Once I have it all in a few weeks I'll update it and also upload it all to the data wharehouse for the Ytree too.

    Steve Griffin

    Friday 28th September 2018, 04:20PM