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    Catherine Gray Bradley née Simpson aged 80


    I knew that my Great Grandmother, Catherine Gray Simpson, was born in Scotland and that her father had brought the family down to London, but I didn’t know when and I didn’t know where in Scotland they had come from.

    I knew the name of her father from her marriage certificate but nothing else about her family.

    I was only able to do the initial searching online and because of the detail in Scottish BMD records was able to construct the tree of Catherine's ancestors back to her Great Grandparents with reasonable certainty.

    My search using ScotlandsPeople was started in 2005 and took until now as I had to be patient in filling the gaps while I waited for the new records to be added to the site. Now that all the census indexes for Scotland are also available on Ancestry for 1841 through to 1901, the search would be ...

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    The first steps for Irish research are similar to English research regarding photographs, talking to relatives etc. Discover when your folk emigrated. This may give clues as to why they emigrated. Join a Historical Society though not all counties have them.

    Tracing Irish ancestors means knowing more than just Ireland. Trying to find Michael Murphy, Ireland will be impossible, finding Michael Murphy, County Cork will be a fraction easier. Knowing he came from Fermoy, Cork County, will give you a good chance of finding him. Knowing that they came from the townland of Kilworth, Fermoy, County Cork gives you the best chance of finding your ancestors. So understanding the system of Townlands, Baronies, Roman Catholic and Protestant Parishes and Diocese, and knowing that Ireland's main religion was Roman Catholicism, with about 85% being Catholic, will often help to decide which records to look at and where to look.



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    Northern Ireland, which forms part of the United Kingdon, is situated in the north east part of Ireland, bordering ...

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