Saturday, July 6, 2013

Thomas Allingham of Sracreeghan, Glencar, Killasnet Parish, Co. Leitrim, Ireland

A while back I posted on my 3rd great grandfather This post on Thomas Allingham of Sracreeghan, Killasnet Parish, Co. Leitrim, Ireland has been updated at Thomas Allingham of Sracreeghan, Glencar, Killasnet Parish, Co. Leitrim, Ireland on the website.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Ancestry Day

Yesterday I attended the Ancestry Day sponsored by the  Historical Society of Pennsylvania and You can Try and get 14 Days FREE!

The event was held in the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  I thought it well worth the admission charge and the trip.  (I live about an hour away.)  Juliana Smith and Lisa Arnold of gave excellent talks on what is available on and how to best use it.  Several speakers discussed the holding of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and how to use those. I learned quite a bit and look forward to using it.  And then of course it was good to be in a room with several hundred genealogists.

 I have been using Ancestry for several years and still learned more about it. I would guess a newcomer to Ancestry would learn quite a bit too.  I am a new member of Historical Society of Pennsylvania.  So it was good getting on overview of some of their holdings.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Thomas Allingham Sracreeghan, Killasnet Parish, Co. Leitrim, Ireland

I've been trying to figure out this family.  Ruth Allingham is my 2nd great grandmother and I know many of her descendants but certainly not all of them.  Her father Thomas would be my third great.

Thomas Allingham was born in about 1798 and was a farmer in Sracreeghan, Killasnet Parish, Co. Leitrim, Ireland. This part of the parish seems to also have been called Glencar or Glenlough. He had 3 children that we know of but I think there must have been more. Elizabeth Allingham was born about 1826 and married John McBrien around 1861. Ruth Allingham was probably born in the 1830s and her marriage to Matthew Greer is discussed on my Greer page . John Allingham was born in 1861 and by 1883 had moved to Miltown Malbay, Co Clare (some records spell it Milltown Malbay).

Thomas Allingham died on 2 Aug 1883 at age 85 and was a widower. His son John was present at his death in Sracreeghan (or Sracreghan). John's residence is given as   Milltown Malbay, Co Clare on the death certificate.

What I do not know is if there were more than 3 children. I also do not know if all 3 of the known children had the same mother.

John Allingham was a constable in the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC), later a Sergeant in the RIC, and then a Clerk of the Petty Sessions. He married Sarah Martin of Dublin (while a constable) and they had at least 6 children (Florence Elizabeth, Robert Carson, Annie E., Eveline Mary, Dorinda Jane, and Edward Victor). Robert Carson Allingham and Edward Victor Allingham were casualties of WWI.

As of now, I think John Allingham enlisted in the RIC in 1879 in Leitrim, was promoted to Sergeant by 1893, and retired from the RIC in 1904. In 1904 he was elected Clerk of the Petty Sessions in Miltown Malbay. Census records show his family in Miltown Malbay, Clare in 1901 and 1911.

A good source for Allingham information is RalphInLA's Allingham pages. More information about John Allingham is on his Find A Grave Memorial.

I would like to hear from anyone who might have information on any of these Allinghams.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

More about volunteer indexing

A few weeks back I wrote about volunteer indexing at Family Search. Family Search provides a wonderful free resource to the genealogy community by providing free access to many of the records held by the LDS. By the way, here is my post earlier this month.

Now that I've done a few sets of records. I can tell you a bit more about my experience. As I said then you can do it at home on your computer. It involves installing a small program from FamilySearch and that it easy to do. They start you off with some small batches of fairly simple records. You download an image of the records to be indexed.

Then when you are ready, you get to choose from a variety of projects with various levels of difficulty assigned. So far I've stuck to beginner records and there are several ongoing projects at that level. They are not hard but sometimes the handwriting is difficult to decipher. If you consider a batch too difficult or unclear, you can return it.

My understanding is that 2 indexers do each record and if they disagree, a third more experienced indexer looks at the record. So I don't worry that if I am wrong on something, the index will be wrong. My work is checked one way or another.

Last week I looked at 1871 English census records and at WW1 draft registration records.

This is a great way to contribute a little bit of time to make it better for all of us in the genealogy community.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Indexing at FamilySearch

I decided to do it. For several years now, I've been using FamilySearch. It has been great. I've found census record, births and baptisms, and much more. I have had a paid subscription to Ancestry off and on over the past few years and that has been great too.

But FamilySearch is free and I appreciate it. While on the site looking at all those free records (and there are more each year), I noticed they were looking for volunteers to index. No time commitment. You don't have to say whether you can work an hour per week or 10 hours per week. You don't have to go somewhere to see the records. You can do as much or as little as you like and do it from home.

So next time you are at looking at those free records, notice the Menu across the top of the page. Look for the item that says "Indexing" and pick it to learn about the indexing projects going on and how to be a volunteer.

It's easy and painless and your chance to pay-back all the volunteers who have helped index the records you use.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Archibald Greer - Occupation

I was looking at Matthew Greer's Marriage certificate which I wrote about yesterday. And I was trying to read his father's occupation. Here is a the part of the marriage certificate that has that:>

It looks like Rank on Professor Farmer. So does that mean he is a Professor and a Farmer or a Professor of Farming. Or perhaps it says he is a Professional Farmer. If so, how does that differ from an ordinary farmer (see Thomas Allinghams's entry).

If anyone wants to see the whole certificate, here it is. Because my scanner was smaller than the paper,it is in 2 overlapping pages. Oddly, the last column is not supposed to be occupation but that seems to be what is there.

Any suggestions welcome.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Matthew GREER of Sligo, Ireland - son of Archibald GREER

Matthew GREER was probably born in Scotland around 1816. The first we know of him was having a child in Scotland. But he later lived in Ireland and it is certainly possible that these Greers were living in Ireland but Matthew had moved to Scotland for some reason and then moved back.

William GREER was born c 1849 in Scotland according to his death certificate. William's mother was Jane BURKARD and his father was Matthew GREER.

Next thing I know, Matthew is a widower, living in Sligo, Ireland and getting married again. (I assume that Jane had died but there certainly are other possibilities.)

On 23 Feb 1854, he married Ruth ALLINGHAM of Glencar in the parish church of Glenlough, Co Leitrim. He is listed as a shoemaker on the certificate. His residence is Sligo. He is listed as a widower. His father is listed as Archibald GREER. Ruth's father is Thomas ALLINGHAM a farmer in Glencar. Glencar lake straddles the Sligo / Leitrim border. It is close to the road from Sligo to Manorhamilton.

Unfortunately the marriage certificate just listed both Matthew and Ruth as being of full age. So I have nothing that indicates when Ruth was born. And only an estimate of Matthew's birth year from his a death certificate.

I have a death certificate for Matthew who died 29 Jan 1875 which gives his age as 58. On the certificate his residence is Ballinode, Sligo and his occupation is letter carrier. Both that residence and occupation are also found in birth certificates of his children.

The known children and birth dates are: John (c 1860), Jane or Jennie (c 1861), Elizabeth or Lizzie (16 Oct 1862), Letitia (27 April 1866), Sarah (30 March 1868), Ruth (14 Jan 1870), Rebecca (29 Aug 1872) Matthew (24 Sept 1874).

I’d love to hear from anyone who think they may be connected to this family or has answers for either of these questions:

1. Leticia’s 1866 birth certificate gives place of residence as Ballinode Cottage in the Parish of Calry. Has anyone heard of Ballinode cottage?

2. The child Matthew birth certificate shows a residence of Rath Quarter, Sligo but the death cert of the father is 4 months later and shows a residence of Ballinode. Looking at a map of Sligo it looks like these 2 places are close together but not the same.
Is it more likely that: they lived in Ballinode for the births from 1866-1872, moved to Rath Quarter for the 1874 birth and then back to Ballinode; OR the places were very close together and Ballinode and Rath Quarter may have been used for the same place?