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Thank you for the welcome.
My guess is that the surname Hallah is probably Hallahan which is mostly found in County Cork in the south-west of Ireland. Callahan is a very common surname in that County also. Your former Prime Minister Jim Callaghan is said to have had his roots there but the name is spelled differently. Another hint of the origin is the name Cornelius which is very common in and around Cork but seldom found further north. Cork is the biggest county in Ireland and is 110 miles from east to west so you would need to be able to narrow down the location to have much chance of success.
Other possibilities for Hallah are Hallahance, Hallahane, Hallahap but these are extremely rare.
The Irish Ancestors website has general information about
the history and distribution of surnames in Ireland:
Some of the information on the site is by subscription and there is a little in Gaelic but you will be able to get the general picture.
From: BLIND-GENEALOGISTS [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Jonathan Nixey
Sent: 17 August 2017 15:19
Subject: Re: [BG] New subscriber
Welcome aboard Philip, it’s great to have you here with us!
My wife’s family line came from Ireland to London at the turn of the 19th century. Her ancestors, Cornelius and Frances Callahan, were both born in Ireland in 1780 according to the 1851 Census, but their ages at death give a slightly different story. It’s a shame that an exact birthplace wasn’t given in that census! There is a possible marriage for them in London in 1803, but Frances’ surname appears to be hard to work out, but it’s something like Hallah. So as you can imagine, that line of my wife’s family has ground to a halt.
Welcome again, best wishes,
Jon, from South Wales, the UK one, not the New South Wales in Australia 😊
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My name is Philip Doyle and I have just joined the list. My good friend
Colin Chambers tells me it is customary for newcomers to the group to say a
few introductory words.
I am based in Dublin, Ireland, not to be confused with the dozen or so other
Dublins in the USA. I have been doing family research for the past fifteen
years. My family are from County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland,
however, a large number of my ancestors took the emigrant ship to the United
States, consequently much of my research is in places like Pittsburgh and
Researching in Irish records can be challenging to say the least, but with
so many records becoming available online a lot of the hardship is being
removed. Assuming I am the only Irish subscriber, I will be glad to offer
advice to anyone conducting research into their Irish roots and needing help
to get over any hurdles.