Friday, 2 August 2013

Finding ancestors in Belfast's 1851 census

Yes, you read the post title correctly!

Yesterday I discovered that my five times great grandparents Arthur and Ann Taylor married in Belfast in 1819 - and all because their grandson, also Arthur Taylor, applied for a pension almost a century later in 1918.

Read the full account on my research blog at

And remember, Irish genealogy is NOT all doom and gloom, it just takes a wee bit more creativity...! :)


My new book, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet, is now available from Pen and Sword. My Scottish land and church records ebooks are available at, whilst my next Pharos Scottish course, Scottish Research Online, starts Sep 4th - see Time to smash a few brick walls...!

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