In search of my McGinnis family in Ireland in 1841

My ancestor, William McGinnis, born about 1828 in Ireland, arrived in America in 1849 or 1850. In my previous blog, I revealed a clue I found, indicating that William had a brother or close relative, named Robert McGinnis, who lived in Eglinton, Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1895. William also appears to have had at least three sisters, Rosa, Susan, and Mary.


In 1901, Robert lived in Carnakilly Upper, District of Eglinton, Barony of Tirkeeran, Parish of Faughanvale, Division of North Derry, County of Londonderry. Those census records can be seen here in my previous post, along with Robert's burial information.


Take a virtual tour of Eglinton with this interactive map:



In an attempt to find out who Robert's family was, I hoped to find a household containing two boys named William and Robert on the census of 1841, but had no such luck. The census abstracts for Northern Ireland are shown below.


Keep in mind, we are looking for the following family, all born in Ireland:

  • Susan McGinnis, born abt. 1826 and was in New York by 1850.

  • Robert McGinnis, born about 1827 and stayed in Ireland.

  • William McGinnis, born about 1828 and was in New York by 1850.

  • Rosa McGinnis, born abt. 1832 and was in New York by 1855.

  • Mary McGinnis, born in 1841 and was in New York by 1860.


The following McGinnis families found in the 1841 Census Abstracts for Northern Ireland are possible matches:



Next, I will research the McGinnis family of Londonderry, Tirkeeran, and Faughanvale. Stay tuned as I continue to follow the lineage of the McGinnis family. If you have information to contribute, please use the comments below or contact me.


Click here to learn more about William McGinnis.


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