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Ancestry helps you find your Irish ancestors—and the places they called home

Ancestry helps you find your Irish ancestors—and the places they called home with FREE ACCESS to over 170 MILLION Irish records!

Get FREE ACCESS* to over 170 MILLION Irish records including passenger lists, peerage and royalty directories, census records, photos, and more. Free access valid through Monday, March 18th – VIEW DETAILS

I found my 2nd Great-Grandmother Bridget Farren!

Here is why you should ALWAYS stop and take advantage of any FREE ACCESS offer and search for your ancestors. With the current free access to over 170 MILLION Irish records, I’m finally able to confirm information about my 2nd great-grandmother Bridget Farren! Here’s how I did it:

  • I entered the information I knew based on a family story passed down to me by my great grand-mother Therese McGinnes Austin. She said that her mother was named Bridget Farren and born in Ireland about 1867. So I entered the parameters in the Ancestry search screen:

I entered the information I knew based on a family story passed down to me by my great grand-mother Therese McGinnes Austin. She said that her mother was named Bridget Farren and born in Ireland about 1867. So I entered the parameters in the Ancestry search screen

  • I had to sort out several other Bridget Farrens, but I’m pretty sure that I can prove that she was born around July 1869 in Donegal, Ireland, to John Farren and Ellen Doherty:

I had to sort out several other Bridget Farrens but I'm pretty sure that I can prove that she was born around July 1869 in Donegal, Ireland, to John Farren and Ellen Doherty

  • And here is the image of the baptismal registry listing the sponsors Henry Farren and Mary Doherty:

And here is the image of the baptismal registry listing the sponsors Henry Farren and Mary Doherty

And the best part? While I was looking at “hints” for Bridget Farren, I found a new photo posted by a distant cousin!

Bridget Farren, my 2nd great-grandmother

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