One of the things I spent a bit of time on this year was in developing a Family Tree. At the beginning of the year I switched my tree from MyHeritage to Ancestry. I find Ancestry much easier to use and it has a lot of Irish genealogical content available.
I have now completed the generation of my grandparents and great-grandparents on the tree. Dates of births and deaths of my great-grandparents are now established and in most cases backed up with copies of birth, marriage, and death registrations. I also now have photographs of four of my eight great-grandparents.
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The generation previous to above is incomplete. Part of the difficulty here is the non-availability of genealogical documents, another difficulty is the spelling of surnames. In Ireland we now have access to births registrations from 1864 to 1915, marriages from 1882 to 1940, and deaths from 1891 to 1965. I do know that my great-great-grandfather Patrick O'Loughlin was born in 1821, and died in 1897. Registration of his death (20th Dec, 1897) is the only document from this generation that I have found so far:
The big mystery in my tree is my great-grandfather James Byrne (Burns), who I have written about before in the blog. We are told he served in the British Army in World War I, but no record of his service has been found - this I would dearly like to find. My diagram above does not show the dates that I have for my great-great grandparents, but I do have some - to complete this generation is a project for 2017.
If there are any of my relatives reading this and who would like to see the tree in full, please send me an email or get in touch through Facebook and I'll send you an invitation to share the tree.