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Found:  Daniel O'Malley (also spelt Melia, Mealy) born 1800 Mayo:   died: NSW Australia 1897, deported on convict ship 1834

married Bridget Gafney:  2 children Mary1829   & John 1832 Co. Meath

married Hannah Hickey from Co. Clare in Australia    8 children from 1859- 1873

Any info on Daniel's birth etc., would be appreciated.


Looks like this was not our Daniel O'Malley..........but the one from Mayo did have brothers who were sent to NSW as family got in touch with me there, if anyone is connect I can pass on the info.  Thanks

Rita McMahon

Tuesday 18th February 2014, 11:54PM

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  • Dear Rita

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out and apologies for the delay in replying to your message.

    Unfortunately, it may be difficult to find information without a more specific place of origin. Most Irish record sources- church records, land records, census records- are based on specific locations. Until you know a specific location within Ireland, preferably a parish or placename, it may be difficult to do anything more with these records.

    Do you have any documentation pertaining to the family that mentions any place names at all? This can include wills, marriage/death records,census records, letters, diary entries etc.

    There are some places where you can search online, however these websites do not have complete collections and many do not cover the period after 1900: has a huge database of genealogical records including some church records for Ireland. have a large collection of Irish Church records, however you have to pay to use this site. have begun a project to upload Irish church records to their site free of charge. However so far only Counties Dublin, Kerry, Carlow and parts of Cork have been covered.

    Some other websites that may be helpful are:

    The National Archives of Ireland

    The National Library of Ireland

    The National Archives UK ? genealogy search:

    The Public Records Office of Northern Ireland

    Irish Times:

    Irish Genealogy Tool kit:

    Remember to post any new information that you find here. The more information you post, the more likely it is that one of our volunteers will be able to advise or assist you. Also include information concerning which sources you may have already used so others may further your search.

    Kind Regards

    Clare Doyle

    Genealogy Support

    Clare Doyle

    Monday 24th March 2014, 10:35AM
  • Hi Rita

    Keep at it, every bit extra is worth it!

    Did you find Thomas here:

    Best wishes


    Genealogy Support 

    Clare Doyle

    Thursday 10th March 2016, 05:08PM
  • Welll after years searching for my O'Malley/Melia ancestors they are from Co. Meath and married into the Cowley/Conway lines, found all this out on Ancestry through DNA.

    Rita O'Malley McMahon

    Monday 28th December 2020, 08:08PM