Post Towns and Abbreviations 1888 Victoria Australia

The Post Office Directory for Victoria for 1888 is also on Google Books.

The Victoria Post Office directory – Google Books

While the abbreviations used in the Victorian Birth, Marriage and Death records are not necessarily the same as those used in the Post Office Directories for Victoria some may be the same. The Pioneer Index for Victoria covers the period 1836 to 1888.

Excellent Co Tipperary Ancestry Research Resource

The Ireland Gen Web Project has some valuable information for Co Tipperary family history research.

It is being added to all the time and is definitely worth looking at.

The site has a list of all the civil parishes and townlands and for some parishes maps of the townlands, very helpful.

This site doesn’t require subscription or payment.

Some of what they have on this site:

County Tipperary Records


DNA Tests and Genealogy

How far back can you determine a genetic link?

All genetic tests from Family Tree DNA will provide you a probability that you and another person, who have an exact match, will have your Most Recent Common Ancestor (MRCA) within a range of time backwards.

The 12 marker test gives you the following range: 7 generations (50%) likelihood; 29 generations (95%) likelihood.

Using the 25 marker test the 50% likelihood drops to 3 generations and the 95% to 13 generations.

The 37-marker test tightens further to 2 generations (50%) and the 95% to 7 generations.

Records for Carlow, Cork, Dublin and Kerry Ireland

Church records for Carlow, Cork, Dublin and Kerry Ireland now online, free at, a website launched by the Department of Tourism, Culture & Sport late last year.

The records now available are:
For Carlow – Church of Ireland register entries
For Cork – Roman Catholic register entries for the diocese of
Cork & Ross only
For Dublin City – Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Roman Catholic
register entries
For Kerry – Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic records.

I have found some Dublin City records for related Fannings. However a lot of the Christian names are written in Latin and this can be misleading.  I have also searched and found a record and not been able to find it again. Not sure why this happened. Play around with different search terms.

Victorians Born in Thurles Co Tipperary Ireland

These are records from the Victorian Pioneer Index of those born in Thurles Co Tipperary. The Pioneer Index covers the period 1836-1888. Some may be born in Thurso Scotland. But most I think are Thurles natives.

Surname: WEBB; Given Names: M; Event: B; Spouse Surname/Father: William; Spouse Gvn Names/Mother: Matilda Ann CLARK; Birth Place: THURST ; Year: 1859; Reg Number: 4630

Surname: ELDER; Given Names: John; Event: D; Spouse Surname/Father: Henry; Spouse Gvn Names/Mother: Margaret MILLER; Age: 73; Birth Place: THUR; Year: 1858; Reg Number: 6028

Surname: MANSON; Given Names: Janet; Event: D; Spouse Surname/Father: William; Spouse Gvn Names/Mother: Mary DUNCAN; Age: 45; Birth Place: THUR; Year: 1866; Reg Number: 12123R

Surname: SHOELL; Given Names: Jane; Event: D; Spouse Surname/Father: Thomas; Spouse Gvn Names/Mother: Mary DISS; Age: 22; Birth Place: THUR; Year: 1867; Reg Number: 11586

Surname: CUMMINS; Given Names: Margaret; Event: D; Spouse Surname/Father: Sheedy John; Spouse Gvn Names/Mother: Margaret DWYER; Age: 67; Birth Place: THUR; Year: 1867; Reg Number: 11635

Surname: TREACY; Given Names: William; Event: D; Spouse Surname/Father: William; Spouse Gvn Names/Mother: UNKNOWN; Age: 54; Birth Place: THUR; Year: 1867; Reg Number: 6338

Surname: MACKAY; Given Names: George Edward; Event: D; Spouse Surname/Father: John; Spouse Gvn Names/Mother: Jane UNKNOWN; Age: 56; Birth Place: THUR; Year: 1867; Reg Number: 9435  Continue reading Victorians Born in Thurles Co Tipperary Ireland

Co Tipperary Irish Emigrants to Australia 1828-1866

All of these indexes were compiled by Peter Madden of Newcastle NSW Australia.


This is the combined index of people who were born in Tipperary, Ireland, and emigrated to Sydney, New South Wales, or Moreton Bay, Queensland in the years 1828 to 1866 inclusive.




Genealogy Terms for Relationships: Who Is Your Grand Aunt?

The following are terms that define specific relationships in a family tree.

Father- male parent

Mother- female parent

They represent the generation above you

Brother- male sibling

Sister- female sibling

These represent the same generation as you.

Son- male offspring

Daughter- female offspring

These represent the generation below you on the family tree.

Grandson- son of your children

Granddaughter- daughter of your children.

Great-Grandchildren- for each successive generation, prefix with “great”.

Going backwards in time:

Maternal Grandfather- your mother’s father

Maternal Grandmother- your mother’s mother.

Paternal Grandfather– your father’s father

Paternal Grandmother- your father’s mother

Great-Grandparents- the parents of your grandparents.

Uncle- the brother of one of your parents

Aunt- the sister of one of your parents

Nephew- the son of your sibling

Niece- the daughter of your sibling

Grand-nephew- the son of your nephew, and the same generation as your grandchildren

Grand-niece- the daughter of your niece.

First cousin- the child of your uncle or aunt and the same generation as yourself.

First Cousin Once removed- the son or daughter of your first cousin

First Cousin twice removed- the grandson or granddaughter of your first cousin

First Cousin three times removed- the great-grandson or great granddaughter of your first cousin

Great Uncle or Aunt- the brother or sister of your grandparents

First Cousin Once Removed can also refer to the son or daughter of your great uncle or aunt, and the same generation as your parents.

Second Cousin- the grandson or granddaughter of your great uncle or aunt and the same generation as yourself

Second Cousin Once Removed- the great-grandson of your great uncle or aunt and the same generation as your children

Second Cousin Twice Removed- the great-great grandson of your great uncle or aunt and the same generation as your grandchildren.

The word “removed” is used to describe a relationship where the two people are from different generations. Once removed means there is a difference of one generation. An example is your mother’s first cousin is your first cousin once removed. Twice removed means there is a two generation difference. Your grandmother’s first cousin will be your first cousin twice removed.

Map of Thurles Co Tipperary Ireland Townlands

Map of townlands in Thurles Co Tipperary
Map of townlands in Thurles Co Tipperary

Source for this Thurles Townland Map.

A townland is a peculiarly Irish land division which goes back a long time. It is the smallest administrative division and can be as small as a few acres or as large as 7,000 acres. Better land was divided into smaller townlands. Townlands for all counties can be searched for on  The IreAtlas Townland Database