Showing posts with label Cunningham. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cunningham. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks = Week #21; Patrick Coyle; From Ireland to CT

This prompt comes from Amy Johnson Crow at her blog, No Story Too Small. She suggests we “write once a week about a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, a research problem — any that focuses on that one ancestor.”

Patrick Coyle
20 May 1841 Ireland – 21 June 1925 CT
My Great Great Grandfather

Patrick Coyle

PatrickCoyle was the son of Michael Coyle & Mary Cunningham.[1] He had at least 3 siblings: James, Margaret & Michael; all born in County Cavan, Ireland.

Patrick married Margaret Brady, daughter of Thomas Brady & Catherine Gibney, on 11 February 1870 in County Cavan, Ireland.[2]

The family lived in a gate keeper’s cottage on Moat’s Lane. There were three houses in a row and they were alike; built from field stone with slate roofs. Each house usually had three rooms, side by side, all entered from the outside. In the kitchen there was a back door which led to a lean-to where animals resided. These animals had access to the kitchen for warmth. The outside of the Coyle house was part of the stone wall that encircled the property. The small house was covered with climbing roses which gave it a charming look. The Coyle house was located at the entrance to the manor house which was a two story wood frame house, surrounded by fields. There were 50 or 60 acres to the estate. [3]

Oldest son, Michael Coyle, left Ireland in May 1885 for New York City. Patrick was the next to leave Ireland, arriving in New York City on 19 October 1885. He came aboard the ship S. S. Circassia. The ship’s passenger list shows Patrick to be a 45 year old farmer. [4],[5]  The next year the rest of the family left Ireland.  Margaret Brady Coyle came to the United States with a party of seven other family members. The group arrived at the Port of New York on 21 May 1886. The boat was called the City of Berlin.[6] The Coyle family settled in Waterbury, CT.

Patrick & Margaret had 11 children, 4 born after they arrived in the USA. Patrick Coyle became a naturalized citizen of the United States on 24 October 1896 in the District Court of Waterbury, Connecticut.[7]

Patrick was a minor player in the family. Margaret was the driving force behind the family. She ruled her children with a firm hand and ran a small grocery store. Patrick was usually a day laborer. In 1910 Patrick and his wife were on Ridge Street in Waterbury, Connecticut.  He was a laborer in a cemetery.[8] In 1920 Patrick and Margaret were living on Woods Street in Waterbury. [9]  They also had a home in Milford, CT.

Patrick Coyle died on 21 June 1925.[10] A newspaper article said:

News has been received here of the death in Milford early yesterday morning of Patrick Coyle, formerly of this city.  Mr. Coyle died at his home, 178 Broadway, Wildmere Beach, Milford.  For 40 years Mr. Coyle was a resident of Waterbury, leaving this city three years ago to take up a summer residence in Milford.  He spent his winters in Florida. Besides his wife, he leaves 10 children.  Michael, Bernard and Thomas in Texas, Patrick in Florida, William in California.  James, Katherine, Margaret, Mrs. B. W. Kelly and Mrs. William F. Cass of this city.  The funeral will take place tomorrow morning at 10:30 from the house to St. Gabriel’s Church, Walnut Beach.  The burial will be in the Catholic cemetery, Milford.[11]

Patrick & Family:

1 Patrick Coyle b: 20 May 1841 Moate, Cavan, Ireland, d: 21 Jun 1925 Milford, New Haven, CT
... + Margaret Brady b: Abt. 1855 Killykeen, Cavan, Ireland, m: 11 Feb 1870 Granard, Cavan, Ireland, d: 22 Nov 1934 in Waterbury, New Haven, CT
......2 Michael Coyle b: 24 Nov 1870 in Moate, Ireland, d: Unknown
...... + Mary Jo Mullane b: 3 Aug 1867 Ireland, m: 9 Nov 1895 NY, d: 17 Dec 1927 Bronx, NY
......2 Bernard Coyle b: 13 Feb 1872 Granada, Cavan, Ireland, d: 8 Nov 1946 New Haven, CT
...... + Maria d: Bef. 1930
......2 Catherine Coyle b: 23 Dec 1873 Granada, Cavan, Ireland, d: 15 Oct 1952 New Haven, CT
......2 Maria Coyle b: 29 Jan 1876 Cavan, Ireland, d: 21 Dec 1885
......2 Patrick J Coyle b: 28 Dec 1879 Moate, Cavan, Ireland, d: 30 Jun 1954 FL
...... + Nancy Guilette b: OH, m: 1925 St Petersburg, Pinellas, FL
......2 Margaret Coyle b: 16 Apr 1881 Moate, Cavan, Ireland, d: 30 Jul 1972 Waterbury, CT
......2 Thomas A Coyle b: 21 Aug 1883 Moate, Cavan, Ireland, d: 13 Sep 1962 Los Angeles, CA
......2 James J Coyle b: 16 Apr 1887 Waterbury, CT, d: 13 Oct 1955 Waterbury, CT
...... + Madeline Herbst b: 10 Nov 1892 CT, m: 7 May 1912 NY, d: 22 Sep 1948 New Haven, CT
......2 Bridget Coyle b: 21 Dec 1888 Waterbury, New Haven, CT, d: 21 Apr 1943
...... + Bernard William Kelly b: 25 Apr 1894 Waterbury, CT, m: 27 Apr 1925
......2 Maryanne Coyle b: 7 Mar 1891 Waterbury, CT, d: 29 Mar 1977 New Haven, CT
...... + William F. Cass b: 20 Sep 1893, m: 27 Nov 1918, d: 19 Mar 1959
......2 William Paul Coyle b: 29 Jun 1894 New Haven, CT, d: 16 Sep 1963 California
...... + Lauretta Niail b: 1891 CT, m: 1 Oct 1912 New Haven, CT, d: 12 May 1960 CA

[1] Baptismal record for Patrick Coyle, 20 May 1841, Register 33a, Page 30, Ballymachugh Roman Catholic Church, Cavan Genealogy, Johnston Central Library, Farnham Street, Cavan, Ireland.
[2] Marriage Record for Patrick Coyle and Margaret Brady, 11 February 1870, Roman Catholic Chapel of Carrick, Ballymachugh Parish Records, Register 33b, Page 7, Cavan Genealogy, Johnston Central Library, Farnham Street, Cavan, Ireland.
[3] E-mail letter from Robert J. Coyle to author, 15 November 1998.
[4] New York Passenger List, Microfilm #1027358, Family History Library, Item #1294; S. S. Circassia, October 1885.  Passenger: Pat Coyle.  Photocopy of page given to author by Kathleen G. Coyle, Arizona and by Robert Coyle, Oregon.
[5] Immigration Record from Castle Garden Immigration Center for Pat Coyle, 19 October 1885,
[6] New York Passenger List, Microfilm #1027363, Family History Library, May 1886.  Passengers: Margaret, Bridget, Kate, Patrick, Maggie and Thomas Coyle with Margaret and Barth Brady. Photocopy of page given to author by Kathleen G. Coyle, Sun City West, Arizona and by Robert Coyle, Florence, Oregon.
[7] Patrick Coyle, Naturalization Record, 24 October 1896, Volume 9, Page 400; District Court in Waterbury, Connecticut. 
[8] 1910 US Census, Waterbury, New Haven, CT, Microfilm Roll #T624, Roll 141, Page 97A;  Patrick Coyle family.
[9] 1920 US Census, CT, New Haven, Waterbury, SD 38, ED 433, Sheet 12B. Patrick Coyle family on Wood Street.
[10] Certificate of Death for Patrick Coyle, 21 June 1925, Connecticut State Department of Health. 
[11] Patrick Coyle, Newspaper Funeral Notice.  Photocopy from Kathleen G. Coyle given to Robert J. Coyle and given to author.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Surname Saturday - Alphabetical Ancestors - C

Take a moment to look over these surnames. I post them in hopes of discovering new contacts to expand my knowledge of these names. Some of these surnames are more twigs than branches on my tree. It is time to let them out to get some sunshine & some attention.

C is for these Surnames…

My information on the Campbells in my family is limited. Howard Campbell married Rowena Arbuckle. Verna Dale Campbell married Gary Lee Zemrock who was b in Ohio. As far as I know they are unrelated Campbells.
James Carberry b c 1908 in New Jersey married Margaret Mary Brady, b 1910 in New Jersey. They had three children, b in NJ and CT.
Effie Margaret Carter [b 1904 Ohio - d 1966] married James Everett Mark [b 1896  Ohio - d 1868 Ohio]. Effie’s parents were Frank and Sadie’s (Mapes) Carter.
This is a name from my husband’s family. Joe Corisitto married Carmella Palilla, b 1918. They had two sons.
My Coyles came from County Cavan, Ireland. My maternal grandmother was Helen F (Coyle) Gardner. I can trace her line back to Michael Coyle & Mary Cunningham [b c 1810 - d 1848]. Their son, Patrick Coyle [b 1841 in Ireland - d 1925 CT], married Margaret Brady. They had 11 children, born in Ireland and Conecticut.
Some members of my Gruissy family Americanized their name to Creasy. The Gruissy family came from Switzerland to Pennsylvania to Ohio. Philip M Creasy [b 1867 Ohio - d 1934 Ohio], married Mary E Wasem. Their son was Harry Lewis Creasy, 1891 – 1950.
This is an Irish surname. Mary Cunningham, daughter of James, was b c 1810 & d 1848. She married Michael Coyle. They had four children.
Hiram Cutrer [1843 – 1929] married Sarah Jane Fortenberry, b 1846 in Mississippi. They had five children. The names expand from there.

Other ‘C’ surnames in my trees: Card, Carter, Cass, Chiles, Christmeyer, Clason, Comeaux, Conerly, Coney, Cousins, Cowling, Cox & Crenshaw.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Found: Another Generation?

I am cautiously optimistic that I have moved back in time another generation with my Irish research. Records of Irish Catholics are limited but I have searched through & evaluated those that are available for County Cavan, Ireland and believe it all comes together to uncover my fourth great grandparents.

What I already knew…
Previously I knew my second great grandfather was Patrick Coyle, born 20 May 1841 in Moate, Cavan, Ireland. His baptismal record[1] and family information from second cousins gave me the names of his parents: Michael Coyle & Mary Cunningham. They were married 31 August 1833 just over the border in County Westmeath. Witnesses were Terrance Brady & Bridget Cunningham.[2]
Michael & Mary lived and raised their family in southeastern County Cavan as evidenced by baptismal records for their children[3] & Griffith’s Valuation[4] & Mary’s death record.[5]

What I wanted to know…
Could I learn more about Michael Coyle & Mary Cunningham? Last April I visited the county and met with a researcher at Cavan Genealogy at the Johnston Central Library. She had done research for me and knew I wanted to fill in every little leaf on my family tree. She gently explained the lack of records and that the research she had done was all I would ever discover about my County Cavan families. She had an envelope full of papers which we looked at together. When I returned home I put it all aside because of our son’s wedding & other family happenings.

What I found…
To follow my 2013 goals I have been very closely looking at: the research papers from Ireland, the 1821 Irish census for County Cavan, the photographs I took & maps of the county.

In 1821 in Magherboy there were four Coyle families. Thomas, John & Dennis lived side by side. The fourth house was the home of Pat Coyle, 45 year old laborer. Wife, Mary was 42. Children: Michael, 16; Mary, 12; Catherine, 8; Pat, 3; and John two years old. I believe 16 year old Michael was my ancestor who later married Mary Cunningham and whose oldest children were born in Magherboy.
Pat Coyle tree

Nearby in Pottlebawn was the James Cunningham family. James was a fifty year old farmer. He and his wife had six children: Laurence, 15; Anne, 13; Mary, 11; Catherine, 8; Bridget, 4; and Rose, one year old.[6] It was the opinion of the Cavan County researcher and my opinion that 8 year old Catherine Cunningham is my ancestor who married Michael Coyle. Their witness, Bridget Cunningham was her sister.
James Cunningham Tree

Studying maps has shown me how close these locations are to each other. Studying the other Coyle & Cunningham households in the county helped me to eliminate others as our family. I would love to have another source. I have searched roots Ireland & Find My Past & anything I can think to search. I feel that these two families, Coyle & Cunningham, are my families.

I am open to suggestions for other sources to search & opinions on my conclusions. I will cross my fingers & see what my second cousins think.

[1] Baptismal record for Patrick Coyle, 20 May 1841, Register 33a, Page 30, Ballymachugh Roman Catholic Church, Cavan Genealogy, Johnston Central Library, Farnham Street, Cavan, Ireland
[2] Marriage Record for Michael Coil & Mary Cunningham, Mt Nugent Parish, Co Westmeath, 31 Aug 1833.
[3] Baptismal Record for James Coyle, 1 March 1839, Register 33a, page 12, Ballymachugh Roman Catholic Church Records, Cavan Genealogy, Johnston Central Library, Farnham Street, Cavan, Ireland.
[4] Griffiths Land Valuation for 1856, Parish of Ballymachugh, Townland of Moat; Cavan Genealogy, Johnston Central Library, Farnham Street, Cavan, Ireland.
[5] Death Rocord for Maria Cunningham Coyle, 25 Jan 1848; ‘Parochial Registers of Drumlumman South & Ballymachugh, 1837 – 1935’ 1935’ Diocese of Ardagh & Clonmacnois, Carrick Finea Parish; Deaths:  page 16; Family History Library Microfilm #1299229.
[6] 1821 Irish Census, Drumlummon, , Cavan Genealogy, Johnston Central Library, Farnham Street, Cavan, Ireland.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 Genealogy Goals

Listing my goals helps me to focus on the branches of the family that need attention. I have a tendency to wander off the path, through the trees and get tangled in the thickets. Goals are also good at the end of the year to evaluate what I have accomplished. I know, at a glance, if I can pat myself on my back. Below are my newest aspirations.

Carry overs from my 2012 list

1.    Straighten up my genealogical library [once our daughter’s bedroom & now a guest room] so work can be done easily & efficiently without having to sort through piles of papers, journals, maps and photographs that need to be filed, scanned or recycled.

2.    Broaden my knowledge of my mother’s father’s family: the Gardner family in Austria. This means learning how to search for Jewish records.

3.    Review & Organize the materials I have collected about my mother’s family: Brady, Coyle, Cunningham,  English & Mullane. Take a last look for holes that need to be filled & fill them.

4.    Decide on the format for the book on my mother’s family. My outline needs finalizing. I need to look it over to be sure it flows in a logical and interesting manner.

5.    Write my findings.  I plan to publish a book on my mother’s family. I have put this off for too long. This is a firm goal for this year.

6.    All along the way I will use my blog and my website to share my findings and my questions with my family.

New goals for 2013

1.    Are you kidding? I hope to just finish last year’s goals!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Surname Saturday – Cunningham in Co Cavan, Ireland

Johnston Central Library, Cavan

Mary Cunningham married Michael Coyle (b c 1820) in Ireland c. 1838. They were my third great grandparents in my mother’s family tree. For the longest time that is all I knew about Mary Cunningham.

Death Record
This spring I found Mary's death record. Knowing that Michael and Mary lived in County Cavan, Ireland I browsed through the list of available microfilm records through Family Search. I looked for County Cavan in general and the townland of Moat/Moate specifically. The list was not long. I saw & ordered:

Microfilm #1279229: Parochial Registers of Drumlumman South and Ballymachugh, 1837 - 1935. (County Cavan), Item 7: Diocese of Ardagh & Clonmacnois, Carrick Finea Parishmicrofilm #1279229, Parochial Registers of Drumlumman South and Ballymachugh, 1837 - 1935. (County Cavan), Item 7: Diocese of Ardagh & Clonmacnois, Carrick Finea Parish

When it arrived at my local Family History Center near Albany, NY I spent a quiet morning, slowly looking through the images on the film. I found long lists of Coyle & Brady death records. Although both these names relate to my family I could not tie any of the specific people to my family lines. However, I carefully copied them into my bright pink spiral notebook for future reference. After copying out five pages of names without specific connections I was becoming disheartened. Then I came across, on page 16, Maria Cunningham! I had not, specifically, been looking for her but there she was. Maria Cunningham of Moat who died 25 January 1848. I wanted to jump out of my chair and shout, but unwilling to disturb the quiet atmosphere, I just smiled to myself and copied her onto the page, highlighting her name in bright yellow!

Irish Census
My next Cunningham discovery came during my trip to Ireland in April. Before my visit I had commissioned a genealogist at Cavan Genealogy, Johnston Central Library, Cavan to search for my Coyle family in their records. When my daughter and I arrived in Cavan we met with Concepta McGovern and she went over her findings with me.

You may know that 1901 & 1911 Irish census records can be very helpful. There is also an 1821 census. This census has only limited sections that survive. Undaunted, Concepta searched the 1821 census and found the Cunningham family in Drumlummon, Co Cavan. The Cunninghams & the Coyles were living near each other.

James Cunningham was a 50 year old farmer, married to Bile (?), aged 45. Six children were listed: Laurance 15; Anne 13; Mary 11; Catherine 8; Bridget 4; Rose 1.

It would be marvelous to find a note in the census records saying, yes, this is your family. However Concepta and I believe this is the same Mary Cunningham who later marries Michael Coyle, has four children and continues to live in Co Cavan for the rest of her rather short (about 38 years) life.

What else can I discover about these Cunninghams?

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

My Ireland Trip, part 10

County Cavan

          Leaving the Johnston Central Library in Cavan Town with map in hand we headed south east to Kilnaleck. From there we used the map to find the places our Coyle and Brady families had lived and worshipped. We drove up and down the little roads that looked very much like the Irish roads we’d been driving along all around the island. There were green sloping hills and stone walls with scattered trees and sheep. I could have photographed any of those other spots, taken the photos to my family and said, ‘Our family came form here.’ However, I didn’t want any Irish lane, any stone wall or charming church. I wanted to stand where my ancestors had stood. So we drove and turned and doubled back. We wondered if the tractors’ routes counted as lanes and if a modern drive obscured an ancient route. Stopping, starting and turning we did our best to find the exact places we wanted.

St Mary's Church, Carrick

We found St. Mary’s Church. The church was built c. 1824 when it had a clay floor. Doors, windows and pews were added later. In the early 1840s children of Michael and Mary (Cunningham) Coyle were baptized here. On 11 February 1870 their son, Patrick Coyle married Margaret Brady here.

St Mary's Church, Carrick
We’d seen grander churches in Ireland but none thrilled me more than seeing the place my great great grandparents had been married. The church was open. I was able to kneel and offer a prayer for the souls of my ancestors and a prayer of thanks for the opportunity to be in that special place.


Thomas & Catherine (Gibney) Brady lived in Killykeen. Son, Thomas, was born there in 1860. Catherine died there in 1873. In 1901 & 1911 Thomas was still in Killykeen, living with his son, Patrick, and his family.



There were times when the Thomas & Catherine (Gibney) family lived here. We drove through this little cluster of buildings.


Ballymachugh, St. Pauls
St. Paul’s Church. Children of Michael & Mary (Cunningham) Coyle were baptized here. The church and church yard were locked up. I was able to peek at it over the stone wall.


There were times when the Patrick and Margaret (Brady) family lived here. Their oldest child, my great grandfather, Michael Coyle was born here in 1870.

I very much wanted to find Moat. My daughter and I studied the map carefully and made a left off R194 along Lough Sheelin hoping it was Moat. We passed three or four houses without any indication of the name of the road. When the road became narrow my daughter turned out little rental car around and went back up the road. I asked her to pull to the side of the road at the first house where I had spotted a man in his driveway, w orking on his car. His little white terrier ran over to warn me off with his barks. His owner soon calmed him and the little dog sat and watched us talk. “Hello. I am looking for directions. I’m trying to find the place my ancestors lived. Is this Moat?’ He shook his head but was very friendly, looking carefully at my map. He was from Belfast and hadn’t lived there long but he loved history. The road I wanted was another mile up the road.

Moate's Lane
He also advised me to go up the road to Ballynarry post office and shop to find a book on the history of the area. Concepta, at the Johnston Central Library, had suggested the same book on the history of the area. With much thanks to this gentleman I got back into our car.

Back at home, when I search the internet or looked through reels of microfilm and saw references to Moat, I pictured a cluster of little houses. Records call it a townland but in reality it is an easily missed country lane. The end of the road is blocked by a gate and the couple houses there are very new. Any sign of the former cottages is gone. There is piece of an old wall and a low, abandoned stone structure. It was not a place I could feel any connection to my family’s past.


We made one last stop in County Cavan. We doubled back on R194 and turned left to find Ballynarry. The post office and shop turned out to be the same building. A small red haired lady greeted us and I told her I was hoping to find a book on the history of Ballymachugh and Drumulumman South. She knew the book I was looking for but didn’t know where it was. She went off to make a phone call to help her find it. My daughter and I glanced around the little shop with shelves of food and household supplies and pencils and school notebooks. I looked up over my head and spotted a shelf with three copies of the book. Helen, the clerk, announced her surprise at my spotting the book as she brought over a wooden chair which she hopped right on and grabbed the book.  She did not know what to charge for the book. She went to the back once again to make a couple calls to track down the owner of the shop and learn the price. 30 Euros, would that be alright? It was the exact amount of Euros I still had in my bag. Perfect. Since I have been home and have had time to read the book closely, I have discovered it is a treasure, filled with the history of the area my family lived.

          The day was getting late and we were exhausted from our long days in Ireland. My daughter turned the car towards the highway and Dublin.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

My Ireland Trip, part 9

County Cavan

          Green fields, gray stone walls and wonderful wooly sheep greeted us each day. My daughter and I loved the little lambs we saw every day, nuzzling their mothers and chasing each other. We set genealogy aside and enjoyed Ireland. We rode in a horse cart in Killarney National Park,; drove the Ring of Kerry; and enjoyed seafood on the Dingle Peninsula. We took a ferry to Inis Oirr, the smallest Aran Island, where we enjoyed our first day without rain. My daughter and I walked around Galway, climbed on the Giant Causeway and spent the night in Ballygally, a haunted castle. Then we turned south to County Cavan.

          Michael Coyle, b. c. 1820, and Mary Cunningham raised their family in County Cavan. [My maternal grandmother was Helen F. Coyle Gardner.] I have slowly gathered information on the Coyle family for several years. Before taking this trip I contacted Cavan Genealogy in Cavan Town contracting for them to search for my family. I requested they not mail the report to me. I wanted to pick it up in person. I wanted the opportunity to talk to someone in person and ask questions. I hoped to find information and to see the places the Coyles had lived.

          The address I had for Cavan Genealogy was First Floor, Farnham Street, Cavan. My daughter easily found the town and the street. We drove along the street slowly and looked, unsuccessfully, for a sign to help us find the right location. Then we saw a large blue & white “i” for information painted on the side of a large building. She pulled over and parked and I walked up the hill to the building. It turned out to be a department store with shoppers buying clothes. I found the customer service desk and spoke to a gentleman there. He kindly explained that the tourist information, down the street, was no longer there. He asked where I was going and said I wanted the library, just down the hill. We moved the car down the block to the library’s car park.

Johnston Central Library, Farnah Street, Cavan
          Inside we went up to the first floor and found the genealogy room. We got a warm welcome but Concepta, the woman doing the research for me, had just left for lunch. We were advised to do the same and were given directions to Café Mana. We should return at half two. The café was bustling with coffee drinkers and lunch seekers. We had tea and a nice lunch with a delicious slice of lemon meringue pie! Back at the library I met with Concepta who couldn’t have been nicer or more welcoming. She had limited information for me, saying I had done so much research already that there wasn’t a lot of new details. However, since she did not discover much new information on the Coyle family, she also researched the Brady family for me.

          Concepta did find the 1821 census which has only remnants still existing. Fortunately, our Coyle family is in those remaining sections. It also has the Cunningham family with little Mary who later married Michael Coyle.

          The report also included the death of Catherine Gibney Brady  on 27 March 1873 in Co. Cavan. There were more findings that I will be looking at very closely and incorporating into my records. Shel als told me that there is no more information to be found on the family. She suggest I try to get a copy of Ballymachugh & Drumloman South: Our Home Place by Sheelin's Side - County Cavan, Ireland by the Ballymachugh History & Heritage Committee. The library once had a copy of the book for sale but no longer. She had copies some pages for me but strongly suggested I find the book. [more on the book's discovery later!]

          Concepta also gave me a very detailed map of the section of Co Cavan where my Brady and Coyle ancestors lived. She highlighted the areas where they could be found over the years. This included churches they attended. She also gave us a modern day, local map and showed us how the two maps overlapped so we could leave the library, take N55 onto R154 to Killinaleck and find our way from there. My daughter will agree that my navigating skills are not the equal of her driving skills but we thanked Concepta for her research time and results and were soon back in the little rental car, in the rain, of course. [more on our travels & findins later]


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Found: More Coyle Ancestors!

I recently found two more Coyle ancestors! This is what I knew about my Coyle ancestors in Ireland: Michael Coyle & Mary Cunningham had two sons: Patrick b. 1841 and Michael b. 1847. The family lived in County Cavan Ireland. I wanted to discover more about this family. I went to Roots Ireland that has a searchable database, for a fee.  They have over 18 million Irish records on line including the following:

Marriage Records 4,131,815
Census Records 2,731,620

I went to the Baptismal/Birth Records. There is a standard search where you input: surname & first name of person you are trying to locate and the father’s surname and first name. In the advanced search the mother’s surname and first name is also included. When possible, I use the advanced search. Then you check off which county you would like to search. If you are not sure, you can search all counties. 

I have used this site with great success in the past to find records for the children of Daniel Mullane & Brigid English. They had 11 children born in Clonmel, Tipperary and most all of them can be found with the Baptismal/Birth search. Before searching I knew the names of the children and their approximate birth year. I also found death records for the children in this family who died young.

This time I only knew the names of the parents: Michael Coyle & Mary Cunningham. I guessed that they had more than two children and wanted to find more. I used the Advanced Search and left blank the box for the child’s first name. I put in 1840 for the year with a 20+/- search window and checked County Cavan. I clicked the search button and four results appeared! The two sons I knew about where there with their Date of Baptism/Birth: Patrick Coyle 20 May 1841 & Michael Coyle 7 March 1847. Two more children also showed up: James Coyle 1 March 1839 & Margaret Coyle 29 August 1843. (Coincidently, I was searching on Margaret’s birthday, 29 August 2011.) They had the same parents and were in the same Parish/District, Ballymachugh. There are enough items that match to convince me that these people are my 2nd great grand uncle & aunt!

Keep in mind that there is a fee for this data base. Possible matches for you search will pop up but you must pay before seeing details. Then you can see those details for 24 months on the site or you can print the results. The more information you input, the more likely the results will be your ancestor. I have paid to see information that does not match my family but when I do find something, like James and Margaret Coyle, I think it is worth the fee.I suggest you give it a try.