Tracing a family history online: The Nolans and the Mayoralty of Limerick

Castleconnell Historical Society


17 May 2011

by Paddy Waldron

WWW version:

Online pedigree: (password required)

(or direct link to Nolan family)


  • Where do I start?
  • Humble beginnings in Kerry
  • Second generation: Four brothers
  • Third generation: Four only sons
  • The Mayoralty
  • Where do I finish?
  • Where do I start?

    Google (for more unusual surnames)


    Limerick City Council website
    Local Studies
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    Magazine of Magazines
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    Mark Humphrys' family tree
    Notable Mayors in Limerick's History
    Online Irish ancestral Birth, Death and Marriage records for Co. Limerick. Genealogy research center - Limerick Genealogy


    Irish Civil Registration Indexes
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    Humble beginnings in Kerry

    Nolan, William


    Buckley, Johanna

    • b.  ABT 1785
    • d.  10 Dec 1871
      • Greenville,Listowel,Kerry,Ireland
    • m. Nolan, William

    Nolan, James

    • b. ABT 1828
    • d. Oct 1888
      • Barrington St.,Limerick,Ireland
    • e. Burial
      • Mt. St. Lawrence,Limerick,Ireland
    • m. O’Rourke, Mary A.
      • 16 Sep 1851
      • St Michael’s Ch.,Limerick,Ireland
      • d. 11 Dec 1891

    Nolan, William

    • d.  BEF 29 Sep 1855

    Nolan, William Michael (Willie)

    • b.  29 Sep 1855
      • Limerick,Ireland
    • d.  22 Mar 1941
      • ’Mentana’,Laurel Hill Ave.,Limerick,Ireland
    • m. Murphy, Ellen

    Nolan, Michael James

    • b.  29 Sep 1859
      • Limerick,Ireland
    • d.  27 Dec 1944
      • 3 The Crescent,Newcastle,Down,Ireland
    • m. Whelan, Kathleen (more..)

    Nolan, Patrick James (Paddy)

    • b.  ABT 03 Mar 1862
      • Limerick,Ireland
    • d.  10 Feb 1913
      • 808 Royal Avenue,Calgary,Alberta,Canada
    • m. Lee, Mary

    Nolan, Johanna Mary (Annie)

    • b.  07 Feb 1867
      • William St.,Limerick,Ireland
    • d.  14 May 1891
      • 8 Mallow-street,Limerick,Ireland

    Nolan, James Joseph (The_Lamb)

    • b.  07 May 1869
      • Limerick,Ireland
    • d.  13 Sep 1939
      • London,England
    • m. Russell, Charlotte

    Online death notices, funeral reports and obituaries from Limerick Chronicle

    Second generation: Four brothers

    William Michael Nolan (1855-1941)

    Michael James Nolan (1859-1944)

    Patrick James Nolan (1862-1913)

    James Joseph Nolan (1869-1939)

    Third generation: Four only sons

    William Anthony Gerard Nolan (1897-1981), son of William

    James Noel Greene Nolan (1886-????), son of Michael

    Henry Grattan Nolan (1893-1957), son of Paddy

    Michael Charles Nolan (1898-1954), son of James

    The Mayoralty: keeping it in the family

    Kathleen Mary Nolan née Greene (1859-1930), first wife of Michael James Nolan, was born in Ennis and died in Downpatrick, but was related to lots of Mayors, High Sheriffs, Councillor and Town Clerks of Limerick:

    Where do I finish?