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Family Connections


The information on the associated Family Records pages is an important resource for this project, enabling the achievement of its research goals. In many cases these family records have begun to be connected through the assistance of other researchers. The current state of those efforts are found below and they will be updated as new information becomes available.


What has been done in the majority of the cases is to summarize a much larger and more detailed amount of information. The purpose here is to reduce the amount of information and to emphasize the family connections, their residences and whether they emigrated (and to where) or remained in Ireland. The results of this approach usually consists of one or more family tree structures containing a large amount of condensed information and some descriptive explanations in between. In this format it is possible to show the connections over 4-5 generations on a single page.


If you find any connections to your families in any of these documents or if you only suspect a connection don’t hesitate to contact myself or one of the researchers mentioned in the report.




This 2006 picture shows one of the Ryan barns, looking northeast, in the townland of Gleninchnaveigh (Glown) about 3 km west of the village of Upperchurch, Co. Tipperary.



Co. Tipperary Family Connections

Upperchurch - Moyaliff - Clonoulty - Holycross

and surrounding parishes


Ryan - Kennedy of Upperchurch June 22, 2017

Roger Hoffmann is a descendant of Thomas Ryan and Bridget Kennedy of Upperchurch. Assembled here are several family trees of two branches of the Thomas Ryan family: John Ryan (Roger Hoffmann’s gg-grandfather) and Edmond Ryan. His g-grandfather Dennis Ryan left Ireland in about 1868 and was employed as a miner in Maryland and southwestern Pennsylvania for a period of time. Eventually Dennis settled in Syracuse, NY, where many of his descendants can still be found today.

McGrath - Ryan of Upperchurch  June 22, 2017

Anne Merrick Coburg is the gg-granddaughter of Thomas McGrath and Mary Ryan of Upperchurch. Thomas McGrath was the son of Patrick McGrath and Johanna Ryan. Mary Ryan was the daughter of Michael Ryan and Nance Bourke. Her gg-grandparents and their children migrated to Australia in 1854 and settled in the Ballarat area. 

Upperchurch Cemetery Ryan Connections  August 3, 2017

The main interests in this paper are the Ryan families found in the Upperchurch Cemetery. The first groups are related to my Ryan and Hayes connections. Over ten years ago a set of gravestone photos and inscriptions were combined into family tree structures when enough information was available. The ready availability of the church records in the Parish Registers has allowed some of those family trees to be expanded even further. That expansion is the purpose of this paper and to make it comprehensive the pictures, transcribed inscriptions and the original family trees based on those inscriptions are gathered together in one place. These early family trees are expanded with the new information from the parish registers and sometimes with additional information when available.

McGrath-Ryan-Kennedy-Gleeson  May 1, 2017

Kennedys from Seskin, Upperchurch; McGraths from Clonoulty parish and Ballynamoney, Moyaliff parish; Gleeson from Drombane, Moyaliff parish and Ryan from Turraheen, Clogher parish. Some Kennedy, Gleeson and Ryan families wound up in Central NY. Michael McGrath of Ballynamoney was tentatively connected to parents and grandparents through the Parish Registers of Clonoulty.

McGrath-Dwyer-Ryan  Apr 28, 2017

Thomas Magrath and Julian Magrath had two children in the Upperchurch records and then disappeared. They were found in Borrisoleigh where they had eight more children while living in Knockakelly, Glenkeen parish. Their daughter Bridget immigrated to Syracuse, NY in 1877, where she married Matthew James Dwyer in 1889. Although born in Syracuse in 1860 Matthew's parents (Thomas Dwyer and Mary Ryan) were married on June 11, 1848 in Holycross. There are three Ryan families from the Clonoulty area who are connected with these families.

The Trail of James McGrath   Apr 16, 2017

From the Clonoulty area in about 1850, to Pompey, Onondaga County, NY. Married Bridget Ryan, a girl from back home in Ireland, In late 1858 moved to Maple Ridge, Lewis County, NY. This is the story of the search for his parents in Ireland where the possibilities have been narrowed to two families.

McGrath-Hayes  Apr 14, 2017

From Clonoulty to Albany, NY and Australia. Connection made via DNA testing.

Clonoulty Family Data Oct 4, 2015

Mostly McGrath in Clonoulty Curragh merging cemetery data, family stories and church records.


















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