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Family Connections

The purpose here is to emphasize family connections, their residences and to determine whether or not they had emigrated from Ireland and to where, by reducing the amount of information. What has been done in the majority of the cases is to summarize a much larger and more detailed amount of information. The results of this approach usually consist 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.

The information on the associated Family Records pages is an important resource for this project, enabling the achievement of its research goals. They have recently been increased with the addition of the McGrath and Long civil records (birth, marriages and a few death records) from the Thurles and Cashel Registration Districts.  In many cases family records have begun to be connected through the assistance of other researchers and the recent addition of DNA information. The current state of these efforts is found below and they will be updated as new information and connections are found.

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.

Reconstructing Families From the Records - NEW

         In this document the available records were used to reconstruct McGrath and Long families in the Thurles and Cashel Poor Law Unions. The goal was to go beyond just parents and children and push as far back as possible to construct multi-generational families.
         The records involved in this reconstruction activity are the parish records from the NLI site, the civil records from the Irish Genealogy site, Griffith’s Valuation, and the 1901 and 1911 census records on the Irish National Archives site. The civil marriage records are very useful in this family reconstruction exercise since they contain the fathers’ names of the couple being married. This provides a linkage back to the previous generation. In addition there seems to be a strong adherence to the Irish naming tradition during this time period, at least as far as the 1st and 2nd sons and daughters. In most cases this tradition gives the names of the children’s paternal and maternal grandparents, if there are enough children. Another necessary element in this reconstruction is geography in the form of the family residences which many times are found in the various records. Gravestone inscriptions and old family genealogies can be very helpful but these are more difficult to obtain and require a good deal of luck.  Link




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


"From the connection of little pieces are great puzzles solved."



The McGrath Families of Clogher and Clonoulty - NEW

The following papers have been researched, written, and revised over the past few years with two having been previously published on the site. All six papers have been revised and updated using parish and civil records combined with land and census records. The common thread among these papers is that all the families have a connection to Clogher and/or Clonoulty civil parishes.

One of the goals in writing these papers was to find any connections among the families described in the six papers, either familial or geographic. An effort was also made to extend the various family histories as far back into the past as possible. The descriptions listed below are roughly in the chronological order in which the papers were first conceived.


The Ryans and McGraths of Drumbane


Clonoulty - McGrath and Hayes


McGrath Clonoulty Curragh Descent


The McGraths of Turraheen


Descendants of Michael McGrath and Mary Ryan of Clonoulty


James McGrath of Coolacussane


The Thomas Maher Connections





The Connors and O’Brien Families

The Connors family had been living in the townland of Fantane, Glenkeen parish, Co. Tipperary, located about 8 km north of the village of Upperchurch. Thomas Connors came to the US with his mother Mary Ryan Connors Maher, his step-father Cornelius Maher and his half-sister Bridget Maher in 1851.


The Roger Ryan Family of Cuyler

The Roger Ryan family was from the townland of Ballyboy, Upperchurch parish, Co. Tipperary. Ballyboy is located about 2 km southeast of the village of Upperchurch along the north side of the Angelsey Road (R503). Roger Ryan and Mary Ryan were married at Upperchurch on February 23, 1832. According to various records they had at least 9 children all of whom were born in Ireland.


The O’Donnell Families

The Thomas and Mary Maher family came to the attention of the author from a family genealogy document titled “Descendants of Thomas Maher.” The trail of this family picks up in 1859 in Pompey, NY. The Thomas and Mary O’Donnell Maher family is one of 10 O’Donnell families in the document.


The Conan Family of Foilagoule, Moyaliff, Co. Tipperary

Jerry and Winifred Walsh Conan survived the Great Irish Famine on their small five acre farm in the townland of Foilagoule, in Moyaliff parish, Co. Tipperary, located 3 km southwest of the village of Upperchurch. As the famine came to an end various members of his family decided to emigrate from Ireland to America. Five of their six known children would leave Ireland in the next decade and they all settled in the Pompey area of Onondaga County in Central New York State.


The Descendants of Thomas Maher

Cornelius Maher married Mary Ryan Connors in Ireland in 1845 and they had two children in Ireland and a final child in Pompey in 1853. Mary had a history in Ireland and it was possible to find records of both of her marriages and the baptisms of her children. It was also possible to find the Connors/Maher land holding in the townland of Fantane, Glenkeen parish, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. Thomas Maher (b. 1824) found his future wife, Mary O’Donnell in Pompey, NY and left no trace in the Irish records. The children of Thomas Maher and Mary O’Donnell were found in the Pompey census records. John Maher married Mary Coonan in Ireland, all their children were born after they settled in Pompey, NY in 1850.  She was followed by her brothers James in 1852, John in 1855 and sister Honora by 1863. The children of John Maher and Mary Coonan were found in the US census records.


Upperchurch Ryan Cousins Connected   December 18, 2017

Well documented paper trails with an assist from DNA testing results succeed in sorting out and connecting five Ryan related cousins. They are descended from ancestors in the Upperchurch area in the heart of Ryan country in Co. Tipperary. Four persons are 3rd or 4th cousins relative to one Ryan ancestor and all five are 5th or 6th cousins relative to an even more distant common ancestor.


The link below leads to several documents, which describe the family connections of these newly connected cousins via well documented family trees. The last document describes all the descendants of the common ancestors: John Ryan and Ellen Kennedy. 





Michael McGraw - McGrath and Ryan


Roger Hoffman - Ryan and Kennedy


Clare McCarthy - Ryan and Lee


Eugene Ryan - Ryan and Kennedy


Descendants of John Ryan and Ellen Kennedy

The McGrath and Harty Families of Cooleen and Knockakelly 02-08-20 - NEW 02-08-20

This report was initiated during research for McGraths in the civil records when a cluster of McGrath families in Coleen and Knockakelly (Glenkeen parish, Co. Tipperary) was discovered. A descendant of a McGrath family of Cooleen, who is still occupying the family Cooleen land, provided the links which traced his Cooleen McGrath family down to the present day.

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. 

[Anne Merrick]

Upperchurch Cemetery Ryan Connections  August 3, 2017

Update: February 27, 2018

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 - Revised Jan 23, 2019

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.

[Jean Schelah; Paul Glaganski]

McGrath-Dwyer-Ryan Families  Jan 24, 2020 - UPDATED

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.

[Patricia Maurer]

The Trail of James McGrath   Apr 16, 2017

Update: March 29, 2018

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.

[Jane Ostrowidzki; Karen Kenealy]

McGrath-Hayes  Apr 14, 2017 - Revised Dec 12, 2018

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

[John McGrath; Margaret-Mary Hayes; Clare Louden]

Clonoulty Family Data Oct 4, 2015 - Revised Nov 8, 2018

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

[Con Ryan of Dublin]


















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