About Me

My name is David Ryan and I am a genealogist based in Cork city, Ireland. I graduated with an MA in Medieval History and a Diploma in Genealogy from University College Cork. I have a keen interest in assisting people in tracing their Cork ancestry and am available to conduct research. My other areas of interest include South Tipperary land ownership in the aftermath of the Great Famine, medieval Irish history and the architectural history of Cork.

I am available for talks, workshops and one to one consultations. I also take on commissioned research for those seeking help in tracing their Irish ancestry.

8 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Mr. Ryan,
    I am in the US doing research on my O’Brien family. I am unsure where they came from in Ireland but know my great-grandfather was born in Cardiff, Wales. Evidently his father and he when he got older, worked in Cardiff. Family lore is that they went back and forth between Ireland and Wales for work and birth of children. I would like to find out where in Ireland they were from. I just have reached a dead end. Is this a task you would be interested in tackling? If so, I would certainly share the info I have found. I am very familiar with Cork (have very close friends who live there) and with Ireland. I’ve been visiting since the late 1970s and my husband & I have a cottage on the Dingle Peninsula. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you, Shelley Dolan


  2. Lorna Moloney recommended you to help me with my O’Brien (Brien) heritage. As best as I can tell now, my great great grandfather, Patrick Joseph O’Brien (Brien) was born in/around Desertserges Parish in early June 1818 and was baptized at the parish there on 19 June 1818. His father is listed a John Brien and his mother as Mary (no maiden last name). The birthdate matches up with the birth date on his death certificate located in Minnesota, USA. I think he immigrated to the US circa 1848, arriving on 31 Dec 1848 in/near Boston–Atlantic and Gulf Ports. Shortly after arriving in the US he married Mary Catherine Gleeson fro County Tipperary. I believe her parents’ names were Michael and Bridget Cash, who were married in the Nenagh area of County Tipperary. Mary Catherine had 3 older siblings–Honora, Michael and Bridget. I think the 4 children immigrated to the US, but I am unsure about the parents.


  3. Hello from Nova Scotia –
    Ryan, I have traced my descendants’ coming from Ireland to Newfoundland, Canada. I traced the Green(e)s’ back to the 1760s in Newfoundland then hit a wall. I am looking for where in Ireland they may have come from and how can I find the ship that brought them to Canada.
    Any help would be so very appreciated from this novice!
    Thanks Ryan.
    Christine Greene


  4. Hello Ryan, My wife and I will be traveling to Ireland Sept. 11th through the 24th hoping to do some family research in the Cork and Donegal area. I am sure with your location, background, and training, our time in Ireland would be greatly improved to consider meeting and enlisting your help. Please contact us if you have interest and availability during this time.


  5. Hi Ryan, my name is Kate and I have an ancestor who was on the prison hulk Edward in 1829 who arrived in Australia with over 100 other women. She was taken to the Female Factory in Parramatta NSW. I went to view what is left of the female factory which is only 15 minutes away from my home. I would like to find out more about her background. All I know is that she went by the name Ann Fox and also Ann O’Keefe. Her father was believed to be James O’Keefe. I know quite a lot about her life out here and her children and the farms she moved to in New South Wales. She married William Austin (my great, great, great grandfather) in Parramatta in 1845. However I can’t find out any more about her previous life in Cork from any of the Female Factory records here in Parramatta (Sydney suburb) or why she ended up in prison at the Cork Female Depot in 1829.

    Thank you in advance for any assistance. I am a very keen but novice family researcher.




    • Hi Kate,

      I think what you would be looking for are records of the Cork assizes. Sometimes these are kept in newspaper records and sometimes on sites like Findmypast. There is an Australian lady called Kae Lewis, she runs the website http://www.corkrecords.com. She has similar ancestry and might be able to offer some advice on where to search.


  6. I’m researching this person in my family tree this is all the information I have.

    Patrick William Ryan

    Birth 1586 • Cork, Ireland
    Death 1644 • Ireland


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