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I am searching for information on my g-g-g-grandfather Thomas Burrows (Catholic) born 1805 (or Burrowes) who emigrated to South Australia with wife Jane (born 1806) from Drumline, Co Clare -  and my g-g-grandmother Annie Burrowes (nee Ryan) born Ireland 1857 (no other Irish information) who married Cornelius Burrowes (Thomas' grandson) in Adelaide South Australia.

Thomas' Embarkation application was 6501 (23.11.1839) Brickmaker and Labourer. Embarkation number was 4032, agent Dr Bernard.

The Burrowes family are officially Pioneers of South Australia having arrived in the first few years of settlement.




Wednesday 13th Mar 2013, 11:11AM

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    Thanks for your message

     The reality of finding documentation pertaining to births/baptisms/marriages/deaths in Ireland prior to 1800 – particularly in rural areas – is that they simply may not exist. Some registers for urban areas pre-dating 1800 may exist – though often these can be fragmented- as there was an increased need in cities or larger towns to document the population. Please also note that the Church of Ireland was the official church of the country and therefore the bulk of information that does survive for earlier periods is often from these registers.

    Most Catholic records are held locally - One site which might be of use is - - where you can ‘browse’ an overview of available records per county. If you have any difficulty, you could try writing to the parish priest for possible assistance.

    You could try checking the land records called the Tithe Applotment Books (1823-38)  or the later Griffith's Valuation (1848-64)    

    The Tithe Applotment List might be of use to you, or at least interesting for you. These lists constitute the only nationwide survey for the period, and are valuable because the heaviest burden of the tithes to the Established Church, the Church of Ireland, fell on the poorest, for whom few other records survive. The information in the Tithes is quite basic, typically consisting of townland name, landholder's name, area of land and tithes payable. Many Books also record the landlord's name and an assessment of the economic productivity of the land. The tax payable was based on the average price of wheat and oats over the seven years up to 1823, and was levied at a different rate depending on the quality of land. For Parishes where the registers do not begin until after 1850, this information can be useful, as they are often the only surviving early records. They can provide valuable circumstantial evidence, especially where a holding passed from father to son in the period between the Tithe survey and Griffith's Valuation.

    Best regards Michael

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    Michael Browne

    Friday 26th Apr 2013, 10:16AM

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