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Question from Cathy Hanna Smith:
I have two families from County Mayo. They lived in the Ballinrobe area. I am searching for the marriage of William Kenny and Ann Bermingham, probably between 1855 and 1860. Ann's death cert states that her father was Richard Bermingham. I have no info on william's family. I know that they had a daughter Ellen born about 1860. They ended up in Canada shortly after. Have not found birth for Ellen or passenger lists either. Any help appreciated.
Answer from Irish Family History Centre:
You could start by looking up surnames on www.johngrenham.com and swilson.info. Griffith's Valuation is a Census Substitue for that period and is on FindMyPast and Ask About Ireland. Do you know their religion? Some church records may not have started at that time. The bulk of Catholic records are on FindMyPast. Roots Ireland is also good for non Catholic records. If they are Church of Ireland, the Representative Church Body Library website has a list of Church of Ireland records showing the period covered and if they have survived. There is also a book on Tracing Your Mayo Ancestors published by Flyleaf. Non Catholic civil marriages started in 1845 and the Indexes are on www.irishgenealogy.ie, FindMyPast, Ancestry and FamilySearch. Ancestry is probably the best for Passenger Lists. Also try http://www.theshipslist.com/
if you haven't done already. Unfortunately, Passenger Lists for that period tend not to give much info. Hope that's given you a few leads!