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Seeking any information available for Patrick & Mary Coughlin [farmers]

? Patrick died before 1892 --as per note on his daughters wedding certificate

Only known offspring Susan Coughlin born Ennis c1857---surely there were more as they RC

Susan emmigrated ? mid to late 1870's ending up in Australia- Victoria- Bendigo where she later married and had children

Susan is my great grandma

Looking forward to any info with this my brickwall

Jenny Murphy Bendigo Victoria Australia


Wednesday 23rd May 2012, 03:26AM

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  • Hi Jenny,

    Could you please post your message here (Ennis):

    There are Roman Catholic church records available for the diocese of Drumclifft (Killaloe). These date from 1841 to 1979 for baptismal records and from 1837 to 1880 for marriage records. You can find these at the National Library of Ireland, Pos. 2472. Or the Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre (1841-1900).

    How do you know about their connection to Clare?

    There is an excellent website for Clare through the Clare County Library. You might find the resources are of great use:

    Civil registration records are available from the General Register Office (GRO). These start from 1864 however. You can access the website here:

    You could also try checking the land records called the Tithe Applotment Books (1823-38) or the later Griffith's Valuation (1848-64). Griffith's is freely available here: or here: Failte Romhat has lots of other useful links you could try looking at. Tithe Applotment Books (1823-38). Microfilm copies of the books for all of Ireland are available at the National Archives of Ireland (NAI) or the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS).

    Have you checked the immigration records in Australia? You have the name of the ship and a date, so this will help a lot. Generally, more information was given at the port of arrival rather than the port of departure. The University of Woolongong has produced, on microfiche, a complete index and transcript of all information concerning immigrants of Irish origin recorded on ships' passenger lists between 1848 and 1867. These are useul for finding out an exact place of origin as well as parents' names. The Public Record Office of Victoria has good online databases of settlers at Otherwise, other records may be found in the Colonial Office Papers of the UK National Archives, class reference CO 201. This class contains a wide variety of records, including petitions for assisted passages, emigrants' lists, records of emigrants on board ship, peitions from settlers for financial assistance and much more.

    Please make sure you link anyone else in your family who is interested in their Irish heritage to our site - and indeed anyone else you know of Irish heritage.

    Kind regards,

    Sinead Cooney

    Genealogist (Ireland XO)

    Wednesday 6th June 2012, 02:00PM
  • Hi Jenny:


    I recommend getting in contact with the Clare county library website.  They have lots of information about family history and you can look through documents online.  We have a Coughlan family here in Tulla (great musicians), but their connection with Tulla is lfrom their mother's side.  


    The website is


    They are very helpful.  


    Good luck.



    Tulla Clare.





    Tulla Clare

    Wednesday 6th June 2012, 02:01PM
  • Thank you so much Sinead for taking the time to reply and including all the options of directions to try and find out data. I will continue to work my way through them. Regards Jenny


    Thursday 7th June 2012, 10:33AM
  • Thank you Jane. I live in hope of connecting with Irish ancestors! Regards Jenny


    Thursday 7th June 2012, 10:35AM
  • Ennis Parish records are on line free of Charge at Ennis Parish Web Site.


    You might also like to contact Clare Roots Society the Genealogy & Family History Society for County Clare


    Saturday 24th November 2012, 09:50PM