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I have William EGAN (b1815) Dorrha,  parents Martin EGAN and Ellen YOUNG would love any info or conection with Martin and Ellen

William married Margaret MOLLOY don't have year her parents were John MOLLOY and Mary BOYLAN would love any info or connection with John  And MAry also

William and Margaret came to Australia were alot of their descendants still live

Regards Judi Ryan


Friday 25th May 2012, 09:21AM

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  • Hi Judi,

    There are Roman Catholic church records available for the diocese of Lorrha and Dorrha (Killaloe). These date from 1829 for both baptismal and marriage records. You can find these at the National Library of Ireland, Pos. 2480, or the Tipperary North Family History Foundation ( If you have any difficulty, you could try writing to the parish priest for more assistance.

    How do you know that they were connected to Dorrha?

    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).

    Have you checked the immigration records in Australia? You have the name of the ship and a date, so this will help a lot. Generally, more information was given at the port of arrival rather than the port of departure. The University of Woolongong has produced, on microfiche, a complete index and transcript of all information concerning immigrants of Irish origin recorded on ships' passenger lists between 1848 and 1867. These are useul for finding out an exact place of origin as well as parents' names. The Public Record Office of Victoria has good online databases of settlers at Otherwise, other records may be found in the Colonial Office Papers of the UK National Archives, class reference CO 201. This class contains a wide variety of records, including petitions for assisted passages, emigrants' lists, records of emigrants on board ship, peitions from settlers for financial assistance and much more.

    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)

    Thursday 7th June 2012, 01:14PM