September 4, 2017 at 1:10 am #9488
On September 26, 1846, John Brophy married Margaret(Mary) Costello in Portarlington, Co. Laois. John and Mary are my great, great grandparents on my father’s side of the family. Their marriage record was found in Roots Ireland but it represents our family “brick wall” as we haven’t been able to push back any further than this. Tracing John and Margaret Mary Costello back further is our goal.
Through other information passed down through the family we found additional information in Quebec Vital Records which follows:
They emigrated to Quebec, Canada where on May 19, 1849, their son Michael John Brophy was born. Two more children, William and Bridget would be born but would die during infancy. On January 24, 1855, Mary Costello passed away. We have learned a great deal of information about the family as they moved to the state of Illinois in the United States.September 4, 2017 at 9:03 pm #9491Web EditorKeymaster
Does the marriage transcript give their parents names?September 4, 2017 at 10:16 pm #9493
No, unfortunately it does not.September 5, 2017 at 11:31 am #9502Web EditorKeymaster
This may represent the end of the line in terms of records but if you have not done so, you should look at the image of the marriage register on registers.nli.ie to verify that the transcript matches. You could try to research other Brophy and Costello families in the area to see if they fit into naming patterns, etc for your people.September 5, 2017 at 1:38 pm #9503
Thanks!September 15, 2017 at 8:22 am #9508IGRS EditorKeymaster
That’s good advice that Claire gave you PDavis. You should definitely check the original record of the marriage in the parish register. They are free at http://www.nli.ie. Go to the Family History section.
Also, if there is an address given in the marriage record, follow this up in Griffith’s Primary Valuation, which will date from around the time the family married/migrated.
If thete isn’t an address, look at who the witnesses were to the marriage and then comb through the register for other possibly relevant marriages. It may be possible to get a lead that way.
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