Archive for August, 2013

For the Joy of Finding Cousins

In my previous post, I shared the excitement of making contact with a cousin I didn’t know existed.  We have now exchanged several emails and shared family pictures and stories the other didn’t have.  That is the power of finding extended family.

This is a picture of a painting that  my new-found cousin shared with me.  The painting is of the Irish farmhouse in which my paternal grandmother grew up.  It has been torn down, so I am really happy to have this.

kenny farmhouse in Skeanavart

This picture matches the description of the property that I found in 1911 Ireland census.  The 1911 Irish census contains a lot more information than who lived in the houses, it describes the houses too!  The 1901 and 1911 censuses can be searched at:    Once you find your family, be sure to look at the additional pages that the census contains.  Form B1 which is the House and Building Return and here you will find a description of the house.  The following Form B1 is for Michael, son of Thomas Kenny mentioned in previous posts.

Form B2 which is the Return of Out-buildings and Farm Steadings tells if there was a barn or other additional buildings on the property.

While From B1 lists the family name on each line, for Form B2 you will need to note the line number that your  family is on.  This will allow you to know which line describes your family property