Irish Family Research Discover the secrets of your ancestors’ past Brendan Mullins Genealogist

       Church Registers

       Having located addresses and parishes on the Civil Records, you can then proceed to the registers of those parishes in search of further information. Most Dublin parish registers go back to the mid eighteenth century, although the further back you research, the less legible it can get. The parishes I was most interested in were St. John the Evangelist (C of I) and St.s Michael and John (RC), for the Adamsons, and St. Michans (RC) for the Lynams. The contents varied a little between parishes and was reduced the older they were. Most baptismal records gave the date of birth, the date of baptism, the child's name, the father's name, the mother's maiden name and the names of the sponsors, but some older ones just gave the date of baptism, the child's name and the parents names. Similarly, marriage records gave  the date, the names of the husband and wife, their fathers names and occupation, their addresses and the names of the witnesses, while older records just gave the date and names of the husband and wife. Only the Church of  Ireland and other non-catholic churches kept records of the burials, and this was usually just the date and name and address of the individual.

       Beginning with the registers of St. John the Evangelist, I first located the marriage of Joseph Adamson and Anne Murphy in 1854, but searching back through the years, not one more Adamson could be located in any of the registers, which would indicate that he was the first to live in that parish. Surprisingly, all 13 of his children were baptised in the Roman Catholic church of St.s Michael and John, and these were all located on that church's register. There were some queries with the dates, but these were soon answered. Three of the children died young, and their names were repeated among the later children.

       Apparently most of the Lynams living in Dublin in the early 19th. century  lived in the same area, in St. Michans Parish and this could be seen on the registers. Many christian names were repeated, but I eventually found the correct ones. John Lynam, my great great grandfather, whose baptisimal certificate I located, was born in July 1830. It also gave the names of his parents, Maurice and Anne Lynam.   



       If you are aware that any of your ancestors were merchants or traders, the directories are an excellent source of information, especially in the city of Dublin. Although no Adamsons could be found, 55 Fishamble Street, which was the address of Anne Murphy who married Joseph Adamson in 1854, was occupied by Roger Farrell and Sons,Trunk, Portmanteau and Carpet Bag Manufacturers, from 1841 – 1869, and then by his wife Eliza Farrell, from 1870 – 187623, continuing the business. This street in the medieval city was known for the butchering and sale of fish, but by the mid-nineteenth century there were 5 basket makers and 7 trunk makers on it24. As none of these were Adamson, it is probable that Joseph Adamson worked for Roger Farrell. He was the first of the Adamsons with this occupation as his father was a 'smith', as stated on the marriage certificate. When his son, also Joseph Adamson married Mary Anne Lynam in 1888, her mothers maiden name was Farrell, possibly related to Roger Farrell.

       From 1844 back to 1833, the Lynams, all dairymen, can be found in Pettigrew and Oulton's 'Dublin Almanac and General Register of Ireland25', in the street-by-street listing. In 1844, in 88 Pill Lane was John Lynam, Dairy, and in 93 Pill Lane was his father, Maurice Lynam, Dairy. In 1840 there was no John Lynam listed, and Maurice was in no. 98. In 1837 Maurice first appeared, in no. 98, and his name is spelt with a 'h' included – Lynham. Before this, from 1833, there was a Thomas Lynham and he may be the father of Maurice, but I have yet to confirm this. There were a few more Lynams in the area, and they probably are related. They can also be found in ‘Wilson’s Treble Almanack26’. Maurice Lynam can be found in Slater's Directory 184627 at 67 Pill Lane. There are 8 Lynams listed on this. John Lynam, his son, can be found in Slater's Directory 1881, also at 67 Pill Lane.




       Civil Death Records

       To confirm the birth of some relatives pre-1864, civil death records can often be sufficient, by deducting the persons age from the year of their death. This will give you the approximate birth year. Joseph Adamson, husband of Anne Murphy, died as late as 1900 but he was 77 yrs. of age, which means he was born about 1827. No other reference of his birth has been found, as I have yet to locate his church baptismal certificate. Similarly, Maurice Lynam died in 1876, aged 75 yrs., which means he was born about 1801 and his daughter-in-law, Mary Lynam died in 1877, aged 30 yrs., which means she was born about 1847. Many more were located, and then confirmed by their church baptismal certs. These certs. also give their address, occupation and whether they were married, unmarried or widowed. They also give the name and address of the informant, who may be related.

The Adamson and Lynam Ancestors, Dublin.

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23  Pettigrew and Oulton’s Dublin Almanac and Gen. Register of Ire., Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse St., Dublin

24   Peter Pearson, The Heart of Dublin, First Ed., 2000, The O’Brien Press, Dublin, page 244

27  Slater’s National Commercial Directory of Ireland 1846, page112, National Library of Ireland, Ir. 9141 s 30

25   Pettigrew and Oulton’s Dublin Almanac and General Register of Ireland, 1834-1849, Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse St., Dublin

26   Wilson’s Treble Almanack, 1833, Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse St., Dublin

From - John Rocque Map of Dublin 1756

Location of The Four Courts Built - 1786 L L L A N E

Pill Lane -

There was once a small inlet, or ‘pill’, at this location where the river Bradoge entered the river Liffey. (11th century) It was used as a small harbour before the Liffey was confined to the quay walls.

It was renamed Chancery Street after the Courts of Chancery, which formed part of the Four Courts complex.

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