Mystery James Sheedy of Tipperary and Hunters River NSW

Who is the mystery James ‘Settler’ Sheedy of Hunter’s River in New South Wales (Australia), and why was his name changed in much later years to ‘William’ Sheedy in probate lists published in Sydney newspapers? Why is his death not registered in New South Wales. And is he a Sheedy, a Sheedy-Macnamara, or a Silk? … More Mystery James Sheedy of Tipperary and Hunters River NSW

Ancestors with Secrets

How can it be that  a well-connected Irish bookbinder with a wife and seven daughters, and who worked for decades in the Victorian city of Cork just disappears in every historical record that could tell you who he is.No birth, death or burial records denotes the start and end of James Journeaux’s life:  if it … More Ancestors with Secrets

A Lawless Mob of Dubliners

My search among Ancient Catholic Families of Ireland for the kith-and-kin of my mystery Captain Armstrong resulted in a naive attempt to link him to a possible uncle named Edmund Lawless, but instead has me up to my armpits in 18th-century Dublin ‘Esquires’ all of the same name. I’ve been attempting to answer if  the ‘Gentleman’ Edmund Lawless of  Clanbrassil-street Dublin was the same man married Margaret Armstrong in 1784 … More A Lawless Mob of Dubliners

Cooking the Books or Invisible Hand of Providence?- missing records in new online Ireland Catholic Church records

The newly-digitized  and online Catholic Church Records of Ireland  (NLI) have finally solved  mysteries surrounding my Sheedy family history on one side of  the family tree,  but missing records  in the collection are confusing  primary research  on paternal great, great-grandmother Hannah Journeaux  and her six sisters of County Cork . I thought the now online church records of St Peters and St … More Cooking the Books or Invisible Hand of Providence?- missing records in new online Ireland Catholic Church records

Lizzie Bushby’s mystery photo album

If the mystery photos in Lizzie Bushby’s Victorian album can be identified they’ll help make sense of the life and times of a young immigrant girl travelling from 19th century Ireland to the remote shores of New Zealand. Lizzie’s album is a time capsule of familiar faces and figures from county Cork’s yesteryears, besides containing photos of family … More Lizzie Bushby’s mystery photo album