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I am researching my father's family, Breen. My ggg grandfather was David Breen(e). He was born in Kilkenny about 1810-1815, give or take some years. His father was Michael and his mother Catherine(unknown). He married Mary Ahearn, daughter of Ellen Connors and Patrick Connors in 1836 in Kilbehenny, Limerick.. David and Mary migrated to Australia in 1855 and listed their native county as Cork. They had 7 , maybe 8, children on arrival and another child was born in Coleraine, Victoria, Australia. I would dearly love to hear of anyone who may have some connection.p.s.  Two of the daughters married Mahoney brothers in Australia, I suspect they knew the family from Kilbehenny.


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Thursday 3rd May 2012, 08:18AM

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    AUSTRALIA:Have you checked the immigration records in Australia? Generally, more informationwas given at the port of arrival rather than the port of departure. The University of Woolongong hasproduced, on microfiche, a complete index and transcript of all information concerning immigrantsof Irish origin recorded on ships' passenger lists between 1848 and 1867. These are useful for findingout an exact place of origin as well as parents' names. The Public Record Office of Victoria has goodonline databases of settlers at Otherwise, other records may be found in theColonial Office Papers of the UK National Archives, class reference CO 201. This class contains a widevariety of records, including petitions for assisted passages, emigrants' lists, records of emigrants onboard ship, petitions from settlers for financial assistance and much more. 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


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    Thursday 4th April 2013, 09:51AM