Monday, April 26, 2010

Madness Monday - Finding my Irish Fullertons

I have decided to take on some of Geneabloggers daily blogging themes!

The ancestors who 'drive me mad' trying to find them are my Irish Fullerton ancestors.

In Victoria, Australia, death certificates usually give quite a lot of detailed information about the persons marriage, children, birth place, parents names etc.

When I ordered a copy of my great great great grandmother's (Mary Fullerton nee Dunn/e) 1858 death certificate, the details had been filled in by the local coroner and he had simply written 'no information' for Mary's parents names, birthplace, marriage date and marriage place and children's names!!!

The 1869 death certificate for Mary's husband, William, was not very helpful either. The informant, a 'friend', had simply stated that William was born in Ireland and that he was aged about 50. The certificate contained no information about his marriage, children or parents.

I know I have the correct death certificates for both William and Mary because I have verified this through other sources (Probate Administration Papers and Inquest Files from the Public Record Office of Victoria).

Because these death certificates were not very informative, I had to look elsewhere to find out where in Ireland William and Mary had originated.

From the passenger list of the ship 'Himalaya', which arrived in Melbourne on 30 September 1840, I know that William and Mary both came from County Kildare, Ireland. Both were Catholics.

By investigating the lives of other passengers on the same ship who came from County Kildare, I was able to discover that one couple, Oliver and Mary Welsh, had been married in Clane, County Kildare. This information came from an 1855 Victorian civil birth certificate for their daughter, Elizabeth Welsh. None of William and Mary Fullerton's children had Victorian civil birth certificates.

When the Irish Family History Foundation released their Church record databases online in 2007, I was able to verify that Oliver and Mary Welsh had indeed married in the Catholic parish of Clane, Kildare. And who else did I find marrying there? William 'Fullard' and Mary Dunn in 1839!

In 2008, I ordered in a microfilm copy of the Clane Catholic parish registers to my local LDS Family History Library. The film was quite difficult to read in places, but I managed to find the marriage of William Fullard and Mary Dunn on 10 November 1839. The marriage witnesses were James Carroll and Patt Cain. There were other Fullards and Fullers among the Clane records, as well as many Dunn/Dunnes.

Now I am trying to work out if my Fullerton ancestors were actually Fullertons. Fullerton appears to be a very uncommon name in that part of Ireland. Could they really be Fullards, Fullers or even Folliards?

Happy Researching everyone!

God bless :-)

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1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on your new Genealogy Blog! Maybe we will find some Irish roots in common.

    Joan Miller
    Luxegen Genealogy
    and Family History


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