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I am searching for any living relatives of my mother Annie Doyle also known as Mona Dolye and Annie thompson.

She was born on 30th August 1930 to an Annie Russell in Dublin. She was placed with a family called Alice and John R Doyle.

She said she had two sisters Teresa and Sheila and  a brother Jack who died of TB. One of her sisters had twins

In the mid 1950s they lived at 33 Mountjoy square.

She married James thompson in Januray 1950 and had two sons James and John Richard.

Around this time she was living in Kilkieran road and later  Bannow Road before moving aback to mountjoy square in the early 1950s.

James and Annie parted company and my mother came to England in 1955 with my father Thomas Samuel Walsh and her two sons.

She died in March 1998, my father died in October 2000. They never returned to Dublin

This photograph shows my mother in hr late twenties early thirties

Any help is much appreciated


Monday 26th March 2012, 07:10PM

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    The first place to start your search is in your own home - talk to elders in the family - find out abouttheir parents, grandparents etc. Perhaps they have a story of one of your ancestors? Things to enquire about include: occupations, places of residence, who they were living with(people often stayed with others from their home villages after emigration), siblings & other familymembers, first names (important -as usually past from father to son/mother to daughter) ages attime of emigration, possible dates of birth/death, religious denominations. Also ask if there are anysurviving photographs, old documents or letters - record all the information you can find. Write/telephone other members of your family to check details -perhaps they can remember otherfacts about your ancestors? Hopefully when you have done this - some clues will emerge! After youhave identified the emigrant- begin tracing the steps back to Ireland. Do you know much about their emigration? The dates, the reason why they left, who they mighthave travelled with..etc.? Generally more information was given at the port of arrival rather than theport of departure. If you knew which city they arrived at (e.g. Liverpool, Ellis Island), this could be agood place to find more information, and perhaps even find out an exact place of origin. Shippingmanifests can be checked ?which may lead to more clues. The next thing you could do is find the counties and places in Ireland your family names are mostprevalent. Look at the website and perhapssomething will match some other clue you may have found elsewhere? If nothing turnsup ? it is advisable to try different variations of the spellings of the names. If you have a possiblefirst name you could try the Irish Census 1901, 1911 at or the landvaluation record called Griffiths Valuation Also have a look at some of these web sites that i have posted goodluck. The National Archives of Ireland The National Library of Ireland Irish Newspaper Archives: SURNAME SEARCH You can check for information about the frequency of the name in the mid-19thcentury and any other variant spellings of the name here:


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    Thursday 21st March 2013, 01:38PM