Cassidy Grandparents in Portadown - When were they born?

Cassidy Grandparents in Portadown - When were they born?

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Posted Mon 22 Nov 2021 6:06 PM
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Trying to get either of my Grandparents Birth Dates as I'm pursuing citizenship through the Foreign Births Register and have come to a complete impasse. They were Patrick Cassidy son of George and Sophia Cassidy of Ballyworken, Portadown,Armagh, born circa 1885 and Sarah Ann Cassidy (McCourt) daughter of Patrick and Elizabeth McCourt (McCann) of Portadwn,  born around the same time. They were married in Drumcree on 4th November 1905 and at the 1911 census were living in 113 Obin Street, Portadown with their 4 children.  They then moved to Glasgow where my father (Charles) was born.  I have tried a number of sites without success and wondered if anyone can help.  I cannot  proceed without a date of birth for either of them.  Many Thanks.
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Hi John

Search civil birth registers at https://www.irishgenealogy.ie  for births of both Patrick Cassidy and Sarah McCourt born c. 1885 in 'Civil Registration District' of Lurgan as all Portadown births will be registered in this district.

For example, this database records birth of Patrick Cassidy at Ballyworkin on 11 May 1884 to parents George Cassidy and Sophia Murray, Scanned image of this entry in civil birth registers can be viewed at
https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/birth_returns/births_1884/02695/1992635.pdf

Sarah Ann McCourt was born 4 April 1884 at Obins Street, Portadown to parents Patrick McCourt and Elizabeth McCann
Scanned image of this birth entry at
https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/birth_returns/births_1884/02695/1992631.pdf

You can then purchase certified copies from either General Register Office Ireland or General Register Office of Northern Ireland
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Hello John,

Thanks for stopping by our community, I truly do hope we'll be able to help you learn more about your grandparents!

There is certainly no shortage of helpful resources online to help learn more about genealogy, which I do hope will help shed some light on your grandparent's birth records. A few resources include this Irish genealogy website, which includes Irish civil records, including births and deaths. RootsIreland, is another good starting point for searching church registers. 

I did take a quick peek and wasn't able to find the records you'd be looking for. That doesn't mean that they don't exist or that your Grandparents weren't born here, but their records may not have been recorded in these databases.

What I would recommend is reaching out to the General Register Office of Ireland (GRO), which kept formal records of births, marriages, adoptions, and deaths starting from 1864.

Lastly, I'd suggest contacting Ireland Reaching Out, which is a lovely organization full of volunteers helping people connect with their Irish roots through reverse genealogical research. 

Hopefully, some of our other members may have helpful advice as well!

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WOW!!!!  I've been trying for weeks to find this information and within just over an hour Brian has provided the missing link to complete my search.  I cannot thank this community enough and now can look forward to being a fully fledged and proud Irishman after my application gets approved.  Many, many thanks
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Hi John, 

Amazing to see Brian was such a big help, and I wish you the best of luck on your application! 

Keep us posted on any new developments in your research. :) 

@Brian, thanks a million for all of your help in finding John's ancestors! 

Warm wishes, 

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Hi John,
Came across your post while also researching my descendents for same citizenship purposes,It appears we may be related. My grandfather is George Cassidy born 24 May 1909 who - if i get my lineage right- is your fathers' brother .I have a copy of a Birth Register for my grandfather George his parents being Patrick Cassidy & Sarah Ann Cassidy { McCourt } at birth date being resident at 86 Obin St Portadown. My father was born in Glasgow in 1931 after their relocation to Scotland he was also christened Patrick Cassidy ,I'm Kathleen, I have a sister Patricia & brother Tony who sadly died in 2017.The information I'm uncovering is simply mindblowing & only wish I'd searched earlier.
I also have my grandfathers George's marriage cert, he was married in 1929 aged 20yrs, father & mother Patrick & Sarah lived at 8 Garriochmill Rd Glasgow at that time, pretty sure you'll have this info too.
 You have other family members in Glasgow you may know them already, unfortunately we lost contact when the grandparents died. 
Hope you're searches & application have been fruitful,mine has just begun & all very interesting stuff John. Happy if you wish to get in touch ?

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Hi Kathleen,

It's amazing to hear of your heritage discoveries and I so glad that you stumbled across this thread! 😊 

Hopefully John will get back to you with more information but in the mean time you are more than welcome to have a look at the ancestry tools which we have available on our website, which may also further and add to your search. You can also avail of the links shared above by our member Brian, which really seemed to point John in the right direction too!

I hope this helps!

Best,
Aimee
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Thank you so much for reaching out Aimee, I'm glad i came across your forum , a little intrigue now has me like a dog with a bone. I think i may have documents I will need but if not I will certainly call on the expertise of yourself & colleagues.Thank you again .
Kat x

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Hiya Kathleen,

Wow just wow. I only met your dad on one occasion when he visited us in Kirkintilloch but I was only a laddie and therefore don't have much recollection.  Thanks to this forum I was able to trace all the documents relating to my dad and our Grandparents and as a result I have submitted my citizenship application to the Foreign Births Register.  

I cannot find any info on the siblings who remained behind when they moved to Scotland and wondered if you knew anything.  My email address is :-  [removed due to privacy rules]

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