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Looking for Matthews relatives

Hello, I just joined, and am hoping to ultimately find where my Matthews ancestors originated, which I think is most likely somewhere in Ireland.. The most helpful evidence I have is the result of a DNA test through Family Tree DNA. The vast majority of my genetic matches are to old Irish families, but I haven’t had a match to a Matthews individual in Ireland yet, and this is what I am hoping to find. Once I find this individual, it will guide my future research, using the resources of IGRS which I expect will be very helpful. My question is whether you have any suggestions for me making contact with living Matthews descendants in Ireland, especially in county Louth, so that I can attempt to recruit any interested individuals to participate in genetic genealogy? I appreciate your thoughts. 

 

Best regards, 

Gerry Matthews

Gerry Matthews

Wednesday 18th November 2015, 06:23AM

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  • Hi Gerry

    I would certainly encourage you to contact those who you think may be connected; however I checked the Irish phone book and did not find any Mathews / Matthews in Louth I'm afraid.

    We are not permitted to give out personal information on the site but if you find any Matthews in the phone book you could drop them a line (http://www.118.ie/) or 11850 Directory Enquiries

    I had a look on www.rootsireland.ie/ for birth/baptisms for Matthews in the early 1700's in and found a few Marys and 1 Jane all in Drogheda in the 1740's

    Col

    ColCaff

    Wednesday 18th November 2015, 07:04AM
  • Morning

    I have passed this to a Co. Louth volunteer to see if he can give you some pointers

    All the best

    Clare Doyle

    Genealogy Support 

    Clare Doyle

    Wednesday 18th November 2015, 08:20AM
  • Hi Gerry

    Matthews is a name found here in Louth and according to McLysaghts Surnames of Ireland is from England but found in Northern Ireland and Louth.

    I searched Matthews on the attached website and found an Alderman (Town or Borough Councillor) listed circa 1680, there was a siege in this town of Drogehda in 1641 and may be they arrived then when the Kings troops retook the place. When searching Matthews it also brings back Matthew but I am confident that is a bridge you have crossed before. See http://www.jbhall.freeservers.com/

    I am a blow in to the town but am aware of Matthews families but not enough to approach them. You could write to the local papers, see http://www.independent.ie/regionals/droghedaindependent/ Address: Shop Street, Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland. Also a free newspaper the Drogehda Leader here http://droghedaleader.ie/ or the local radio community section here http://www.lmfm.ie/Home The paper might be the best bet as the radio will only be a once off and then they would have to contact them. There are some local groups on Facebook but I have never seen a genealogy query on them, mainly people putting up old photos, Drogheda Down Memory Lane. 

    Also here is a history site for Termonfeckin (a village about 5 miles from the town of Drogehda) and a search there brings a number of hits including a Mr Matthews teacher there in 1690 and some interesting articles.

    This site gives the history of the county but you must join for a fee of about $20 annually but you can see a list of articles without joining. http://www.clahs.com/

    Also if the family were Protestant the local Church of Ireland records are online at http://ireland.anglican.org/about/185 they are from 1702 to 1890.

    I will ask some locals to see if they know any families who might be willing to take part but it is not as big a concept here as in the US.

    Regards

    Pat

    St Peters Louth

    Wednesday 18th November 2015, 10:28PM
  • Gerry

    forgot to give you this site I emntioned. http://www.termonfeckinhistory.ie/

    Pat

    St Peters Louth

    Wednesday 18th November 2015, 10:32PM
  •  

    Well, I have to say I did not expect this big a response at all. So often on ancestry.com I find myself waiting weeks if not months for replies, so I am not accustomed to this. Thank all of you very much for all of these ideas. I am going to spend the next few days looking in to all of them, and I feel confident that I am going to get somewhere here, because, if like you say, genetic genealogy isn't quite as popular there as it is here, genealogy sure is! Thanks again, and I'll post again to update how things go. 

    Gerry

     

    Gerry Matthews

    Thursday 19th November 2015, 04:25AM
  • Many thanks Pat

    Best wishes

    Clare

    Genealogy Support 

    Clare Doyle

    Friday 20th November 2015, 09:30AM
  • Hello.
    I am also looking for Matthews relatives. My late fathers birth mother was Margaret Matthews born in 1939 in co Louth. I don't have her parents names but I am aware that she has 2 sisters one named Frances. Margaret went to Kilburn in the UK at some stage around 1960. She lived in a hostel and did chef work in a hospital but that's all I know.

    Tara

    Sunday 29th October 2017, 03:14PM
  • Hi All, I am a Matthews from Drogheda. Their are quiet a few Matthews families in Drogheda. 

    Jenny Lyons

    Sunday 11th February 2018, 02:25PM
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    Hello all, it’s great to see there is still interest in this. I was lucky enough to have 5 volunteers of the Matthews surname from county Louth do the dna test a couple of years ago, though none of them were matches to me but that’s ok. Have any of you considered a dna test for your genealogical research? I use familytreedna.com because it has the largest database of people to compare to, and the most options of different dna tests. I’d encourage you to consider it if you haven’t, it has helped a lot of people including myself. I’d be happy to talk more about it if you are interested. 

     

     

    Gerry Matthews

    Monday 12th February 2018, 10:05AM
  • Regarding the inquiries for surname Matthews ...I have a Catherine Moyles (born 1825) in parish of Monasterboice who married a Thomas Matthews in 1856 also in parish of Monasterboice. They went on to have five children ..Mary Anne in  1857, Peter in 1859, James in 1861, Edward in 1865 and I believe also a John ...birth unknown. Their residence was in Castlelumney in parish of Monasterboice. Catherine's brother, Patrick married Mary Curran in 1845 had one child, a daughter born in April 1846 and they departed for USA...arriving July 14, 1847. Catherine had one sister, Anne born in 1822 who married Bernard Grogan in 1846 and she died in 1860 in Sheboygin, Wisconsin.   Any of these names or locations sound familiar to anyone?

    Colleen Wheeler

    Jacksonville, FL

    wheelercm@bellsouth.net

    wheelercm

    Wednesday 14th February 2018, 01:19PM
  • Hi Tara

    this post has resumed and I had not seen your message previously, the site really only deals with genealogy and  usually over a hundred years ago. The Irish genealogy site only does births up to 1915 but all the records can be seen by visiting the offices in Dublin and paying to view the records, only a few Euro. If you have dates you can write to the CRO here https://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/GRO_Research.aspx 

    There are Louth and Drogheda Genealogy Facebook pages but answers come from everyone with a Matthews connection.

    Good Luck

    Pat

    St Peters Louth

    Wednesday 14th February 2018, 10:12PM
  • Hi Gerry, 

    I am originally from Drogheda, Co Louth and my family are Mat(t)hews and I have my DNA tested my kit # on Gedmatch Genesis is KF5415309 if you want to do a one to one comparison. 

    Breedeen

    Breedeen

    Tuesday 24th July 2018, 08:12AM
  • Hello Breeden, thanks for writing. I’m working on g tying my DNA results from FTDNA uploaded to GEDMATCH as we speak, but I wanted to ask if your test results are from the YDNA or autosomal dna, like family finder? Thanks,  -Gerry

     

     

     

    Gerry Matthews

    Wednesday 25th July 2018, 06:48PM
  • Hi Gerry,

    I used LivingDNA and its the autosomal test

    Breedeen 

    Breedeen

    Thursday 26th July 2018, 09:16AM