Saturday 3 April 2021

A to Z April Challenge: C is for Christina (Devine) Byrne

Genealogists always want to know where their ancestors are buried. It’s not just to see what else they might learn from their gravesites. It’s more than that. It’s a need to connect with them, to know they’re ‘at peace’. Many countless hours are spent seeking out their final resting place, so to help ensure they're not forgotten again, I'm creating a virtual graveyard, incorporating a memorial for each one. C is for Christina - Christina (Devine) Byrne, my maternal great-grandmother.

Christina (Devine) Byrne
Birth: 19 December 1867

2 St Laurence Place, Dublin, Ireland
Death:16 May 1947 (aged 79 years)
3 Lower Jane Place, Dublin, Ireland
Burial: 19 May 1947
Glasnevin Cemetery

Finglas Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11, Ireland
Plot: St Patrick's Section, YJ - 124
Link to: Memorial at Find A Grave

In loving memory ¦ of ¦ JAMES BYRNE ¦ died July 1948 ¦ CHRISTINA BYRNE ¦ died May 1947 ¦ FRANK BYRNE ¦ died January 1969 ¦ KATHLEEN BYRNE ¦ died March 1994 ¦ Late of Jane Place ¦ Seville Place ¦ Rest in Peace ¦ BYRNE
Funeral notice:
Evening Herald, 17 May 1947, p.
BYRNE (Dublin), May 16 1947, at her residence 3 Lower Jane Place, Christina Byrne, deeply regretted by her loving husband, family relatives and friends. R.I.P. Remains will be removed tomorrow (Sunday) evening at 8 o'c to St Laurence O'Toole's Church, Seville Place. Funeral after 10 o'c. Mass, Monday to Glasnevin Cemetery.
Burial register:
Name: Christina Byrne
Age: 79 years
Residence: 3 Lr Jane Pl, Dublin
Mark of grave: St Patrick's, YJ-124
Date of death: 16 May 1947
Sex: Female
Rank or Occupation Carter's wife
Source: Dublin Cemeteries Trust 

Links to memorials of immediate family members:
Spouse: James Byrne (1874-1948)
Son: John Byrne (1898-1951)
Son: Jeremiah Byrne (1900-1959)
Son:Francis (Frank) Byrne (1900-1969)
Daughter:    Kathleen Byrne (1906-1994)
Son: James (Barney) Byrne (1907-1984)
Son: Annie (Byrne) Wynne (1910-1983)                           
John Devine (c. 1838-1898)
Mother:   Mary Anne Keogh (1834-1893)
Sister:Catherine (Devine) McGrane (1864-1917)

My intention is to create a virtual graveyard with a memorial for each of my ancestors. The category 'Theme: Virtual Graveyard', seen on the right, is the graveyard gate. Clicking here, you enter my graveyard. You can visit each grave, irrespective of where in the world they are physically located.

Links for my direct ancestors above are, or will be, to their memorial in the 'virtual graveyard' at Black Raven Genealogy. Links for members of their immediate family are to a memorial at Find A Grave, if one has been created. Find A Grave is an online collection of gravesites and memorials from around the world.

The 'A to Z April Challenge' - 26 blog posts, in 26 days, with 26 letters of the alphabet, and one post dedicated to each letter.


  1. I love all the information you've been able to get, especially the obituary. I also love the idea of a virtual graveyard - at the moment I'm still in the stage of photographing any grave in the correct area with the correct surname so that I can cross reference them later with my family tree.

    1. I hope you can put ancestors against all your photos, though anytime spent wandering around old cemeteries is time well spent.

  2. An intriguing theme Dara. I like how the different aspects of death and funeral come together.

    1. I like it too, and find myself imagining the funeral, who was there, whether the hearse was horse-drawn or motorised, did they walk behind the hearse all the way to Glasnevin, etc.

  3. You've done so much work Dara. I continue to be impressed :)

    1. Thanks Alex, though I didn't get nearly as much done as I'd hoped. Still, plenty of time to finish it off after the challenge is finished.

  4. I love this theme, Dara. It will be so valuable for future generations.

    1. I find it's often useful to take on such projects and pursue another examination of the online records, to see what's new since they were last searched.


I'd love to hear your thoughts on this!