Posts tagged ‘Michael Kenny’

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


Thomas Kenny

Thomas Kenny is buried here in St. Patrick’s Churchyard Cemetery
His headstone  reads, Thomas Kenny died July 7, 1871  Husband of Catherine,  Skea
I found this headstone inscription and picture of St. Patrick’s Churchyard Cemetery thanks to the efforts of Anna Ryan.  She posted both on  I emailed her and received the reply that taking photographs of cemeteries and transcribed some of the headstones in each has been her hobby for a number of years.  I am very grateful for her efforts.
Having found this headstone transcription, I wondered if this my great-great grandfather since Thomas Kenny is a common name. However, my great-great grandmother who  was Thomas’s wife was named Catherine and family did live in Skea.  The townland is actually Skeanavart which is in the civil parish of Kilmacumsy and the Roman Catholic parish of Elphin but is often abbreviated as Skea.   So I wrote to the General Registration Office in Roscommon, Ireland and requested the death certificate.  When it came back, I knew this was my Thomas Kenny
The name of the informant on Thomas’s death certificate is Micheal Kenny which was Thomas’s son and my great-grandfather. With this additional coinciding information, I feel confident this is my ancestor.
 My goal is to make my first trip to Ireland in 2014 and I will be sure to visit this cemetery on that trip.  Since Anna Ryan only transcribes some of each cemetery, I may be able to find other family members buried there.