Family History Research

I’ve been researching my family history since 1996. My ancestry is primarily Irish and English and focused on southeast Ireland, Newfoundland, and the northeastern USA. Major surnames are Coombs and Costigan of Newfoundland, Hegarty of Co. Cork, and Murphy of Co. Kilkenny.

You can read all my genealogy posts here.

My Ahnentafel

Surnames: Bishop, Callaghan, Clancy, Clare, Cleary, Coombs, Costigan, Cronin, Crowley, Deasy, Donnelly, Furey, Gaule, Gibbs, Gorman, Hegarty, Hicks, Higgins, Kelleher, Kennedy, King, LaCour, McCarthy, McGrath, Minchions, Murphy, O’Hagan, O’Neil, Ryan, Sheehan, Southwell, Vokey
 
1 me 
2 my father.
3 my mother.
Grandparents
4 Michael John Hegarty. b. 11 March 1898, Cambridge, Massachusetts; d. 15 October 1970, Somerville, Massachusetts.
5 Agnes Murphy. b. 23 July 1902, Cambridge, Massachusetts; d. 23 January 1985, Somerville, Massachusetts.
6 Bernard Costigan. b. 16 August 1890, Harbour Main, Newfoundland; d. 3 February 1989, Winthrop, Massachusetts.
7 Mary Coombs. b. 26 August 1895, Harbour Grace, Newfoundland; d. 26 February 2001, Lynn, Massachusetts.
Great-grandparents
8 John James Hegarty. b. 15 December 1867, Cork, County Cork, Ireland; d. 20 June 1947, Brighton, Massachusetts.
9 Margaret Teresa Deasy. b. 4 March 1872, Murragh parish, Bandon, County Cork, Ireland; d. 4 March 1955, Brighton, Massachusetts.
10 Walter J. Murphy. b. 1867, Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland; d. 1932 Somerville, Massachusetts.
11 Anastasia J. Gaule.  b. 1869, Waterford, County Waterford, Ireland; d. 1934, Somerville, Massachusetts.
12 John Costigan.  b. 1845, Harbour Main, Newfoundland; d. 24 May 1902, Harbour Main, Newfoundland.
13 Elizabeth Cleary. b. January 1862 Harbour Main, Newfoundland; d. 20 April 1956, Harbour Main, Newfoundland.
14 Eli Francis Coombs.  b. 22 May 1873, Harbour Grace, Newfoundland; d. 16 November 1956 East Boston, Massachusetts.
15 Bridget Clare. b. 1876 Harbour Grace, Newfoundland; d. 20 April 1950 East Boston, Massachusetts.
Great-great-grandparents
16 Michael Hegarty. b. Nov. 1842, Kilmurry, County Cork, Ireland; d. County Cork, Ireland.
17 Ellen Cronin.  b. abt. 1846, County Cork, Ireland; d. 7 November 1918, Cork, County Cork, Ireland.
18 James Deasy. b. abt. 1836, Kilmurry, County Cork, Ireland.
19 Honora McCarthy. b. 1841, Kilmurry, County Cork, Ireland.
20 Thomas Murphy. b. Co. Kilkenny, Ireland.
21 Catherine Ryan. b. December 1839, Ireland; d. 24 November 1909, Boston, Massachusetts.
22 John Gaule. b. 1841, Waterford, County Waterford, Ireland; d. June 1886, Waterford, County Waterford, Ireland.
23 Ellen McGrath. b. abt. 1848, Waterford, County Waterford, Ireland; d. 8 August 1893 Cambridge, Massachusetts.
24 Thomas Costigan. b. June 1813 Harbour Main, Newfoundland; d. 21 December 1882, Harbour Main, Newfoundland.
25 Mary Furey. b. 25 January 1815 Harbour Main, Newfoundland; d. 23 December 1903, Harbour Main, Newfoundland.
26 Edward Cleary. b. 1829 Harbour Main, Newfoundland; d. 24 August 1916, Harbour Main, Newfoundland.
27 Grace Gorman. b. 1830 probably Harbour Main, Newfoundland; d. 25 April 1892, Harbour Main, Newfoundland.
28 Richard Coombs Jr. b. abt 1825, Upper Island Cove, Newfoundland; d. 23 January 1922 Bishop’s Cove, Newfoundland.
29 Lavinia Bishop. b. 1834, Upper Island Cove, Newfoundland; d. 3 April 1920 Harbour Grace, Newfoundland.
30 John Clare. b. 1836, England; d. 21 April 1892 Harbour Grace, Newfoundland.
31 Julianne Southwell. b. 1841, Upper Small Point/Kingston, Newfoundland.
3rd-great-grandparents
32 John Hegarty. b. 1796, Kilmurry, County Cork, Ireland.
33 Eliza Kelleher. b. 1812, Clondrohid, County Cork, Ireland.
34 Cornelius Cronin. b. abt. 1820 County Cork, Ireland.
35 —-
36 James Deasy. b. abt. 1800 County Cork, Ireland.
37 Ellen Crowley. b. County Cork, Ireland.
38 Michael McCarthy. b. abt. 1800, Aherla, County Cork, Ireland.
39 Honora Callaghan. b. abt. 1805 Templemartin, County Cork, Ireland.
40-45 —-
46 John McGrath. b. abt. 1828 Ireland.
47 Kate Clancy. b. abt. 1828 Ireland.
48 Vincent Costigan. b. 1790, Kilcash, County Tipperary, Ireland; d. 28 March 1844, Harbour Main, Newfoundland.
49 Johanna Kennedy. b. 22 April 1792, Harbour Main, Newfoundland; d. 11 May 1816, Harbour Main, Newfoundland.
50 James Furey. b. 1790, Avondale, Newfoundland.
51 Elizabeth LaCour. b. 1791, probably in Harbour Main, Newfoundland.
52 Edmund Cleary. b. before 1800; d. after 1845, Newfoundland. Born bef 1800.
53 Johanna Gibbs. married in Newfoundland
54 Simon Gorman. b. abt. 1800, probably in Harbour Main, Newfoundland.
55 —-
56 Richard Coombs. b. abt. 1783, Upper Island Cove, Newfoundland.
57 Mary Minchions. b. Bishop’s Cove, Newfoundland.
58-61 —-
62 William Southwell. b. abt. 1810.
63 Mary King. b. 1809, Upper Small Point/Kingston, Newfoundland; d. 1 September 1893, Upper Small Point/Kingston, Newfoundland.
4th-great-grandparents 
64 Michael Hegarty. b. abt. 1776, Kilmurry, County Cork, Ireland
65 Mary Donnelly.
66 James Kelleher. b. December 1791, Kilmurry, County Cork, Ireland; d. 1873, Macroom, County Cork, Ireland.
67 Mary Sheehan. b. abt 1790, Ireland.
68-71 —-
72 James Deasy. b. abt. 1770, County Cork, Ireland.
73 _____ O’Neil. b. County Limerick, Ireland; d. County Cork, Ireland.
74-97 —-
98 John Kennedy. b. 1757, Harbour Main, Newfoundland; d. 15 May 1816, Harbour Main, Newfoundland.
99 Mary _____. b. 1765 Harbour Main, Newfoundland; d. abt. 1855, Harbour Main, Newfoundland.
100 William Furey.
101 —-
102 Edward LaCour. (Edward de la Cour) b. abt. 1765, Jersey, Channel Islands, UK
103 Mary Hicks. b. abt. 1770, Harbour Main, Newfoundland.
104-107 —-
108. Michael Gorman. b. abt. 1775, Harbour Main, Newfoundland.
109. Grace LaCour. b. abt. 1784, Harbour Main, Newfoundland.
110-111 —-
112 John Coombs. b. 1752, possibly in England; d. 1825 Upper Island Cove, Newfoundland.
113 Sarah Vokey. b. 1757, possibly in Jersey, Channel Islands; d. 1828, Upper Island Cove, Newfoundland.
114-123 —-
124 _____ Southwell.
125 Cecily _____. b. 1781; d. 1878 Carbonear, Newfoundland.
126-127 —-
5th-great-grandparents 
128-131 —-
132 Daniel Kelleher. b. abt 1770, Ireland.
133 Mary Higgins. b. abt 1771, Ireland
134-143 —-
144 James Deasy. b. abt. 1740, Carbery, County Cork, Ireland.
145 _____ O’Hagan. b. abt. 1745, West Cork, Ireland.
146-195 —-
196 James Kennedy. b. 1716, Waterford, County Waterford, Ireland; d. 7 December 1776, Harbour Main, Newfoundland.
197-205 —-
206 John Hicks. b. abt. 1744; d. Harbour Main, Newfoundland; d. abt. 1812 Harbour Main, Newfoundland.
207-217 —-
218 Edward LaCour: see 102
219 Mary Hicks: see 103
224-255 —-
6th great-grandparents
256-287 —-
288 Bernard Deasy. b. abt. 1700, Carbery, County Cork, Ireland; d. France. (Though this is somewhat apocryphal.)
289-437 —-
438 John Hicks: see 206
439-511 —-

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