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From: Dan Hogan <>
Subject: Re: [Irish in Chicago] Finding Irish Parish records in Ireland
Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2005 08:48:34 -0800
This is very true, great postings.
On Thursday, March 3, 2005, at 10:44 PM, wrote:
> It was explained to me in Ireland by a professional genealogy group,
> that the Irish (for the most part) paid no attention at all to their
> birth day and often did not keep track of how old they were. They
> were more interested in the seasons of the year, the harvest, etc.
> They would date themselves by weather they were born before the great
> wind, or after. It was only when they were forced to be exiles
> outside of their country, that they were asked things like how to
> spell their name, their age, or when they were born. Often they would
> round their age off. Have you ever noticed the ships lists, which
> have a zillion 20 or 30 year olds, and any body elderly was 70!
> In addition, some of them would pick Christmas or a saints day to
> adopt as their day of birth.
> I have the same discrepancies as you in the various documentation of
> my Irish ancestors. Even the grave stones are off by a number of
> years! The professional genealogist in Ireland said to take the
> earliest document (baptism hopefully) and work from that.
> Just a few random thoughts.