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Re: Nelson Family Ireland/Scotland
Posted by: Elwyn Soutter (ID *****5635) Date: September 10, 2012 at 14:13:16
In Reply to: Re: Nelson Family Ireland/Scotland by Christine Nicholls of 94870

Statutory recording of Protestant and nonconformist marriages started in Ireland in April 1845. I canít see the marriage of Joseph and Jane listed in the indexes. That, and the childrenís ages (eg Wallace born c 1846) suggests they married before that. In which case you will be reliant on church records. To do that youíll need to know their exact denomination and the parish they lived in. Otherwise itís a needle in haystack. Few of the parish records are on line. If you do narrow the search and find where they came from, copies of most parish records are in PRONI, Belfast. Same problem for the childrenís births. Birth registration only started in 1864 so you wonít find any birth certs for children born before that.

I searched Scotlandspeople for the death of Jane Nelson (ms Johnson). There were no matches for that information. Nearest was a death for a Janet Nelson previously Johnston who died in Calton, Glasgow in 1886, aged 69 (ie b c 1817.) You might want to pay to see the cert to see if itís the right one. (Scottish death certs give spouses names as well as the deceasedís parents, so can be very helpful).

If you find Josephís death in Scotland, it should give you his parents names. It would then be worth checking the surviving part of the 1831 census for Co Derry to see if his father is listed. (Joseph himself was probably too young in 1831 to be a head of household which is all the 1831 recorded by way of names).

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