Tracing your Ancestors in Effin

For the year of the gathering 2013 I finally completed my family tree on the Kennedys of Effin,  There are about 400 individuals in the Kennedy Family Tree who can trace their ancestry back to Jerimah Kennedy. Little did Jerimah realise that when he married Catherine Maher back in the 1840’s in Herbertstown, Co. Limerick  that they would be responsible for so many individuals. I am very proud of my ancestry as they have fought and died for our rights and the rights of our country. They have lived through some of Ireland’s darkest hours, from the famine and survived two world wars. They have spread their wings to the four corners of the globe. In the researching of this family tree have found it very interesting and it has given me a deeper understand my roots and linked me to what was going on in Ireland and the world and all these have helped to shape us and my family today.

During my research I found the  following links helpful in this piece of research.

  1. http://www.ancestry.co.uk.  – this was my choice – and I used the software called Family Tree Maker which linked all updates to their online site
  2. http://www.myheritage.com

However both sites require a payment to search their records.

Speak to older members of your family to get their memories. – Initially I spoke to the older members of the family to write down their relations (sadly some have now passed on, so was glad to have done it.)

Visit the Graveyard,  – invaluable for getting dates and working out their year of birth.

The following links may be also be helful in tracing your family tree in Effin

The national Census of Ireland

The 1901 and 1911 censuses are the only surviving full censuses of Ireland open to the public. Both censuses cover the island of Ireland. They were released to public inspection in 1961, because of the stream of requests for information about people’s ages, particularly those born before civil registration of births began in 1864.

The 1901 census was taken on 31st March 1901. The 1911 census was taken on 2 April 1911.

See if you can find your ancestors in the link below

http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/search/

Tithe Applotment Books

If your family was in Effin around 1823 – 1837 you may find them on the Tithe Apploment Books for the parish, however only the head of the family was named on the list.

http://titheapplotmentbooks.nationalarchives.ie/pagestab/Limerick/Effin/

There are other useful links you may use, like the local library and the Ordance Survey Maps the find what buildings, houses where in the area at different times.

http://maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V1,559319,623172,5,9

So why not get started and start your family tree, its a fantastic legacy to pass on to your childrena and grandchildren, after all to find out where we are going we need to understand where we came from.

 

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