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Old 26th December 2010, 22:43   #1
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Graham, Wm. Henry: Fermanagh to Canada

Anyone else researching GRAHAM families from Fermanagh, pre 1800?

My fellow was born about 1794, said to be Fermanagh. He was in Canada prior to June 1824. His son James was born at Athol, Prince Edward County, Ontario.
We can't find another trace of William until the 1871 census where he is living in James home.

William "might" have had a brother named Andrew and the father "might" have been John. Not much to work with.

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Old 26th December 2010, 23:04   #2
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Re: Graham, Wm. Henry: Fermanagh to Canada

Hello wilnobound,


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You are probably aware that lots of Irish records were lost in the Four Courts fire in 1922. Some copies held in the parishes survived. Researching Irish ancestry pre-Civil Registration, ie. 1864 is very difficult. I know because I'm stuck with my HAMILTON family 1820 - 1830 and no records can be found. Even though I know the date of birth from R.I.C. service record and the parish and the church and the minister's name in Co Down there is still no sign of the birth/baptism record to confirm parents.

We have several senior members who do the Irish requests so hopefully they will be able to help you.

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Re: Graham, Wm. Henry: Fermanagh to Canada

Statutory records of births, deaths & marriages started in Ireland in 1864 (1845 for Protestant and Non-Conformist marriages). Prior to that you are heavily dependant on church records, where they exist.

Graham is a very common name in Fermanagh, with 548 entries in the 1901 census. You need to find some way of narrowing the search. Otherwise itís a needle in a haystack.

To use church records effectively, because thereís no centralised index, ideally you need to know the ancestorís exact religion, townland and parish in Ireland. Good sources are immigration & naturalisation records, censuses (Census returns often include place of birth, and age (England/US etc), and sometimes (US) date of arrival or naturalization), gravestones, family bibles, wills and obituaries. Birth certs for some locations (e.g. Scotland) include place of marriage of parents. Marriages certs in some locations (e.g. US States) can include places of birth, parents, etc for bride and groom. Death certs (e.g. US, Australia & Scotland) can show parents names. Immigration records can show town/townland of origin, and include parents and siblings travelling together.

In general, there are few records prior to 1800, so there's a strong possibility that even if you locate exactly where your ancestor came from there may not be any records that far back.

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Re: Graham, Wm. Henry: Fermanagh to Canada

Thank you Elwyn.

Very well explained.


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Re: Graham, Wm. Henry: Fermanagh to Canada

Thank you for responding. Unfortunately we don't have anymore concrete information for this fellow. He is listed on his son's birth certificate in Canada. We can't find him on a census prior to 1871. He's a ghost, this one. Even the reputed birth at Fermanagh is not a known fact.

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