Burials

Still on the theme of burials: I was amazed to discover many of my Catholic ancestors were buried in St. Anne’s, Shandon, Cork City. This is now a Church of Ireland church and according to Michael Leader in the Irish Genealogist (Vol. 3, No. 2, July 1957), based on a lecture given by him on the 27th April 1957:

“Church of Ireland burial registers are a far better hunting-ground for Catholic entries. The first volume of St. Anne Shandon – beginning in 1778 – has some forty thousand burials. Of these, I would estimate, at least three quarters are Catholics. In some parts of the book, it specifies the denomination, and you find ’1808, Oct. 24, James Trant, roman, buried in a vault’.”

The Representative Church Body Library, Dublin have the original registers for St. Anne’s and many other Church of Ireland parishes. The Cobh Genealogical Project has computerised records for St. Anne’s and many other parishes in the Cork area.

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