Need Gt grandparent's Marriage Certificate - 'Fitsgibbons'

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Need Gt grandparent's Marriage Certificate - 'Fitsgibbons'

Post by Anonymous »

I'm new to genealogy (I only started work on my family tree last week!) and although I have had great success with my father's side of the family, I have run into a brick wall with my mother's family, mainly because they originate from Ireland, and I'm stuck here in England!

I have discovered that my grandmother (Kathleen) was born in Ireland, though I have no idea which part. I've trying to find a Birth Certificate for my grandmother, and a marriage certificate for her parents Michael and Celia.

Here is the info I have so far:

Grandmother's name: Kathleen Blears (nee Burke) - Born 1905, died 1945

Great Grandmother's name: Celia Burke (Nee Fitsgibbons)
Great Grandfather's name: Michael Burke

I have no data at all about the birth and death dates for my great grandparents. All I know is that they were all born in Ireland and moved to the UK around 1902-03.

The only (English) documentation I have on my Grandmother is her death certificate: ... blears.jpg and an application for a Birth Certificate made by her brother James Burke (on his own behalf): ... _burke.jpg It's interesting to note that although James was born *before* Katherine, it seems he was in the UK at the time.

I would really appreciate some help or advice as to how to search Irish records (from way over here in England!). I do not really know where to
start on this one.


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Post by admi »

Hi Mike,

There are different possiblities for people researching from outside Ireland.

The best is to visit your local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Family History Centres where you may gain access for free to microfilm copies of Irish records. It should also be noted that the Latter-Day Saints, world leaders in the application of information technology to genealogy, have computerised a portion of Irish births from 1864 to 1870 which can be searched freely via their website.
They have great cdroms as well in the centres. What you need to search is the marriage or birth indexes till you find something. After that you must look up the complete record.

The indexes can be also found in Dublin at the General Records Office

You will need more details or dates to be successful if you want them to do a search.

Best bet is a visit to the
and then a trip your local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

All other methods cost money, sometimes a lot of money for no results, so be careful. It is not that they are dishonest but because you have so few details it will cost a lot of research time with no certain hope of success.

hope this was helpful



Post by Anonymous »

Hi Liam,

Thank you for your advice, and at least you've given me a few points to start from. Before I didn't really have much idea.


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