The Ryans visit Doon, County Limerick

Julia Ryan Hickey (1827-1908) was my husband Bill’s great-grandmother. Her townland of origin remains a mystery to us ‘though not for lack of trying.


Using the Poverty Relief Loan records

Last month Findmypast released searchable “Poverty Relief Loans, 1824-1871″, part of the Irish Reproductive Loan Fund records from the National Archives. I was optimistic these records would be a brickwall-breaker. So far, no bricks have fallen from my family history, but I haven’t given up.


Murderous Assault

While we’re on the road travelling to our January/February snow bird home, I’ll share a story I found while researching Ryan family history last week. This vignette, entitled “Murderous Assault,” is found on page 568 of Child’s History of Waseca County:


New entries added daily to DalbyData

I’ve spent more hours this week than I want to admit chasing leads on Ryan family history.


The Ryan Conundrum

Researching the family of my husband’s great-grandmother, Julia Ryan, has been a frustrating challenge. By some modern measures, “Ryan” is the seventh most common Irish surname. This makes tracking Ryan family history difficult, to say the least.


Irish Archives Resource

The Irish Archives Resource (IAR) recently expanded its online presence. There are now 34 contributing archive services from both northern and southern Ireland, with more than 500 collections described. IAR can be accessed at:

Note there are no images of records or archives on this website, and it is not specifically a genealogical resource. […]

Top Ten Irish Clan Names

The following is taken from an article written by Antoinette Kelly and published in the Irish Central:

Whether you are Irish or Irish-American you’re probably immensely proud of your surname. […]