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searching for my douglass family in ireland my william douglass married anne toolan they lived in carrick on shannon faith catholic william was a turnkey /jailer/children elen douglass 1833/anne1839/robert and a william/ douglass has been spelt in various ways /////my main william douglass lived in main street carrick on shannon/anne douglass my grt gran married michael deerans a policeman in 1869 his army records show he was born in taghmaconnell 1841

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I've all but given up my search for George Douglas and his wife Mary Sweeney, whose son Aaron my paternal Gt grandfather (b. 1837 Meath, Ireland-1901 Richmond, Melbourne, Vic, Australia).Aaron married Rose Coffey,(also from Meath, Ireland),1865 Melbourne Australia. I believe my next step may be taking a DNA test.

I have however decided to share this recent excerpt of military service from 'Fold Images' of a William Douglas, who fought in the 18th Irish Royal Foot Regiment (1805 - 1821) hoping it may help some one else searching, if not now in the future.

This William Douglas was born about 1780, Loughland Co. Down (if not mistaken).

However, I cannot work out why he was recruited on The Isle of  Jersey in 1805, or which war it involved. Perhaps a War historian might offer insight.

I simply take an interest in all George's and William's, because these two names continue to be embraced among the descendants.

Happy hunting! I wish you all well in your quests.

Kindest Regards,

Alison H.(Victoria, Australia)


Hi Mary,

Thank you so much for contributing to this Douglas in Ireland blog.

Your news sounds extremely promising; about the closest so far to my search, though mine is probably different being in Meath. (See below).

I cannot help you unfortunately..but am happy to collaborate by means of my all world access to

The fact you have substantiated your direct family line gives me renewed hope.

Is this discussion secure enough to share an email address?

Kindest Regards,

Alison H. (Douglas descendant).

George (William) Douglas

1809–1880 (2nd Gt Grandfather)

BIRTH ABT 1809  Oldcastle, Meath, Ireland

DEATH ABT 1880  Ireland UK

Mary Anne Douglas, nee Sweeney

1821–1866 (2nd Gt Grandmother)

BIRTH 1821  Co Meath, Reg dist Kells, Ireland; 1652383,

DEATH ABT 1866  Kells, Antrim, Northern Ireland


Making conections

The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?

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