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Hello, a chairde,

I'm looking for relatives of Peter McKeever b.1821 and was married to Ellen Murray b. 1825 and had one child in Ireland Patrick b. 1845 and immigrated to the US in 1846. There were two other McKeevers on the same ship a Mary and a Jane which I belive were sisters. Peter's father was named Michael b. 1780 and grandfather by the name of John b. 1740.

I have information that they came from Co. Meath from Obits.

I'm coming to Ireland in Sept of this year looking for relatives and records and any help would be greatful.


Le meas,


Robert Graham


Thursday 5th Jul 2012, 11:22PM

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  • Hi Robert,

    It would be great to have a more precise place of origin, but it is still useful to have a county to check. That at least will help to narrow it down a bit. There are a number of records you could check to get you started.

    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 (e.g. Liverpool), this could be a good place to find more information, and perhaps even find out an exact place of origin.

    The name Murry is more commonly known as 'Murray' in Ireland. 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: 

    Civil registration records are available from the General Register Office (GRO). These start from 1864 however. You can access the website here:

    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: or here: 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) or the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS).

    The Tithe Applotment List might be of use to you, or at least interesting for you. These lists constitute the only nationwide survey for the period, and are valuable because the heaviest burden of the tithes to the Established Church, the Church of Ireland, fell on the poorest, for whom few other records survive. The information in the Tithes is quite basic, typically consisting of townland name, landholder's name, area of land and tithes payable. Many Books also record the landlord's name and an assessment of the economic productivity of the land. the tax payable was based on the average price of wheat and oats over the seven years up to 1823, and was levied at a different rate depending on the quality of land. For Parishes where the registers do not begin until after 1850, this information can be useful, as they are often the only surviving early records. They can provide valuable circumstantial evidence, especially where a holding passed from father to son in the period between the Tithe survey and Griffith's Valuation.

    1796: Spinning Wheel Premium Entitlement Lists This was part of a government scheme to encourage the linen trade, free spinning wheels or looms were granted to individuals planting a certain area of land with flax. The lists of those entitled to the awards, covering almost 60,000 individuals, were published in 1796, and record only the names of the individuals and the civil parish in which they lived. The majority, were in Ulster, but some names appear from every county except Dublin and Wicklow. A microfiche index to the lists is available in the National Archives, and in PRONI. 1,450 names for Co. Meath.

    Have you checked this website?

    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, 02:31PM

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