Michael O’Reilly: Staying on Track with the ‘Other O’Reillys’

Are they related? While researching John and Ellen O’Reilly’s family I kept coming across the family of Michael and Margaret O’Reilly, intertwined one with the another. O’Reilly is a common Irish name but I still wondered if they were related. I first encountered the ‘Other O’Reilly’s’ when I had trouble finding Mary Ellen O’Reilly’s birth inContinue reading “Michael O’Reilly: Staying on Track with the ‘Other O’Reillys’”

Ellen O’Reilly: Keeping the Family Together.

Finding more ways around Rookwood Necropolis Babies Michael, Mary & Agnes O’Reilly have no headstone Cemetery Transcriptions are another way to trace family members you may be looking for, through inscriptions on headstones and memorials in cemeteries. It’s always rewarding to find where all the members of a family are located so they are rememberedContinue reading “Ellen O’Reilly: Keeping the Family Together.”

Ellen O’Reilly : Roaming around Rookwood Cemetery

Finding & Remembering the Little Ones. At Rookwood Necropolis, I arrived armed with a spreadsheet listing all the O’Reilly’s I wanted to find and a map of the Catholic Section showing Section Mortuary 1, where the babies were buried. Nowadays, it’s so much easier. If you click on the online deceased search results it shouldContinue reading “Ellen O’Reilly : Roaming around Rookwood Cemetery”

Ellen O’Reilly: Round & Round with the O’Reilly’s

What’s in a name? Rookwood Necropolis is a very large cemetery in Sydney which opened in 1868 and soon had it’s own mortuary station & hearse carriages. The staff of the various churches in Rookwood are very helpful but can be very busy so it helps to research as much as you can beforehand, especiallyContinue reading “Ellen O’Reilly: Round & Round with the O’Reilly’s”

Ellen O’Reilly : An Irish Family in Australia.

Meet the O’Reillys Ellen O’Reilly is pictured here with her husband John and nine of their children about 1900. It seemed a simple task to identify the children in the photo as many were already known to the family. Not so, much confusion followed. Ellen died in 1933 and her death certificate revealed she and JohnContinue reading “Ellen O’Reilly : An Irish Family in Australia.”