At 12:46 PM 12/28/2001 +0000, you wrote:
i just subscribed and am looking for information regarding my
great-grandfather, james mcmanus. i don't know very much about him but this
is what i do know: he immigrated/fled to providence, rhode island, USA
sometime in the late 1800s. *supposedly* he left the country on his
brother's passport to escape execution or trial by the british (again,
supposedly he was a member of the finnian brotherhood). he married
josephine o'connell (from County Kerry) when he moved to south providence
and had their first child, my grandmother, in 1907. she is still alive but
can't tell me very much about her family.
i would appreciate any avaliable information/help!
Forgive me if I am stating the obvious, but assuming that your relatives
were Roman Catholic, have you obtained your great grandparents' religious
I am not sure about Providence-area RC churches, but I do know that some RC
churches here in Connecticut recorded information re place of birth of
bride and groom. This information is not usually furnished on a copy of the
marriage certificate, but may well be in the parish register. I would write
to the church, asking them to include place of birth of spouse(s) if it
appears in the register.
Also, in Ireland births were recorded civilly from 1864; there is a good
chance that you can find your great grandparents in the civil birth index.
Info. there can lead you to the appropriate RC parish.
Margaret J., Meriden, CT