I have now discovered after reading the update by Chris over at Scottish Genes that there is an advanced search function where you can search for baptisms if you know the names of both parents. The advanced search is used when you click on the particular county that you are interested in, such as Kilkenny.
I did another search this morning for the children of John Quirke & Catherine Slattery. The number of hits was 5, of which I had already purchased one (which yesterday to view cost me €5.00). To view the other 4 hits, the cost was discounted to only €12.00, which means it only cost €3.00 per record instead of €5.00. Pity I didn’t realise this yesterday when I was searching.
One thing though is that I found another child born to John & Catherine Quirk. I was only aware that they had 4 children, all of whom immigrated to New South Wales during the 1850’s, along with their mother Catherine. The baptism record for ‘Ally Quirke’ shows her baptism to be on the 20th July 1835 at St John’s Well Kilkenny. I did a quick look and found neither a death nor a marriage for Ally within Kilkenny. I’ve also just checked the NSW State Records website to see if maybe she had come to NSW but not listed there either. So I wonder what happened to her. Did she die in childhood? Did she marry in Ireland and then immigrant? Maybe she went to America with some of her Aunts or Uncles? From the transcript of the ‘life and times of Thomas Quirke’, he wrote that “My paternal Uncles and Aunts were all well educated. Some died young, and others emigrated to America”.
The baptism records that I got today are great in that they show some possible clues to some family.
- On the Baptism record for Margaret Quirk (1838), sponsor 1 is Michael Quirk
- On the Baptism record for Mary Quirk (1832), sponsor 1 is William Quirk
- Also, of interest is that On the Baptism record for Catherine Quirk (1841), sponsor 1 is James Millet (the quirk family acted as agents for the landlord named Millet at Mount Nugent Estate)
I only know the names of four of the male children of James & Alice Quirke, 3 of which immigrated to NSW (Peter, Nicholas & Thomas) and John my GGG Grandfather, who died sometime prior 1850 in Kilkenny. I’ll be looking forward to when I can also do a parent search in Tipperary, as James & Alice were married in Tipperary around 1798 (haven’t found the marriage yet). When I did a search within Kilkenny, I only got a hit for 3 baptisms, which I’m yet to purchase.