Finding my 2x great-grandfathers family

Finding my 2x great-grandfathers family

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Hi, I'm seeking information on my 2x great-grandfather Morris (Maurice) Flynn. According to information I have from Ancestry Hints he was born in Abbeyfeale, County Clare, Limerick, Ireland in 1840 and died tragically in a fire with his son William James Flynn, 17 April 1925 in Waipawa, Central Hawkes` Bay, New Zealand aged 85.
He married Charlotte Douglass in 1876 (B: 28 Aug 1856, Ahuriri, Napier, Hawkes` Bay, NZ & D: 23 April 1886 in Waipawa, CHB, NZ). Charlotte passed away at age 30 and they had six children, one of which died as an infant.
I'd like to find who Morris's parents and siblings were, where he lived and why & when they left Ireland (assuming they all immigrated) Could they have travelled to America during the potato famine as many did? It seems about the right era and Morris would have been a young child. Maybe then as a young man Morris made his way to New Zealand? Or perhaps the entire family immigrated directly to NZ? I just don't know. On my search I found a few Maurice Flynn's from Abbeyfeale but they appear to have died in Ireland, therefore not the person I was looking for. They could have been relations, however, with the limited info at my disposal I couldn't make a connection. 
Thanks in advance for any information relating to my search.
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Hi Sharon,

It’s great to hear that you are tracing your Irish Family History!

Before 1864 records were kept in the form of church and parish records, all the surviving records have been sorted into county based genealogical centres. It looks like your Morris was born in 1840 and if he came from Abbeyfeale, County Limerick then Limerick Genealogy may be a good place to start looking for some information.

It would be strange to leave for America and then travel to New Zealand sometime later. He may well have left on a convict ship as this was something that happened to many for the slightest thing during the famine years. Roots Ireland has a passenger lists page which may be worth a look!

Hopefully, our members and industry partners can help you with your quest to find out more about Maurice (Morris)!

Martin

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