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My great grandfather came to New Zealand on board the ship Kaikoura, which departed London on 13 October 1892. On his marriage certificate he gave his parents as William Hannan and Johanna Kelly and his birthdate was 20 Oct 1869. His father and Michael Kelly (Johanna's father) were farmers.

We have found on IGI records that William Hannan (age 24) and Johanna Kelly (age 21) were married 6 Feb 1864 at Kilfenny, Limerick. We know that their children included John b 29 July 1865 at Adare, Michael b. 20 Oct 1869 and William b. 22 Sept 1872 as these 3 brothers all came to New Zealand but there may have been other children.

We would love to know more about the Hannan and Kelly families and more about Kilfinny.

Heather Maloney

 

heatherlea

Thursday 5th Jul 2012, 10:38AM

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  • Hi Heather,

    The name Hannan is usually found as 'Hannon' here. You can check for information about the frequency of the name in the mid-19th century and any other variant spellings of the name here: http://www.irishtimes.com/ancestor/surname/

    Could you please post your message on the Adare parish page here: http://www.irelandxo.com/group/adare-limerick

    Do you know much about their emigration? Dates, the reason why they left, etc.? Generally, more information was given at the port of arrival rather than the port of departure. If you knew which city they arrived at, this could be a good place to find more information, and perhaps even find out an exact place of origin. There are lots of books and documents available about the Irish emigration to NZ. There is a website you could look at: http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/irish/2 for information about the Irish in New Zealand.

    Civil registration records are available from the General Register Office (GRO). These start from 1864 however. You can access the website here: http://www.groireland.ie/research.htm

    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: www.askaboutireland.com or here: www.failteromhat.com 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) http://www.nationalarchives.ie/genealogy1/genealogy-records/tithe-applotment-books-and-the-primary-griffith-valuation/ or the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS).

    There are Roman Catholic church records available for Adare. These date from 1832 for both baptismal and marriage records. You can find these at the National Library of Ireland, Pos. 2420. If you have any difficulty, you could try writing to the parish priest for more assistance.

    There are Roman Catholic church records available for Croagh (Kilfinny is part of this area). These date from 1836 for baptismal and from 1844 for marriage records. You can find these at the National Library of Ireland, Pos. 2420. If you have any difficulty, you could try writing to the parish priest for more assistance.

    1838-48 Reproductive Loan Fund records. Administered from Limerick city for all areas of the city and county. More than 5,000 names. UK National Archives http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ T 91.

    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)

    Monday 16th Jul 2012, 11:21AM
  • hi Heather Maloney. get in touch to talk about Kilfinny. Regards John Hannan. L/Spa , UK. emai anita.hannan@ sky.com

    John Hannan

    Friday 10th May 2013, 01:25AM

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