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Est.11th January 2000

"Who wishes to serve his fellow creature will meet with the merit of his own action in time to come."
Joseph Holt 1756 - 1826, A Rum Story, Peter O'Shaughnessy editor, 1988, p.53.

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With the retirement in Australia of Pamela Goesch and Lionel Fowler after approximately sixty years spent researching the true descendants of General Joseph Holt, Bernadette (Ber) Holt has offered her research services to our chat rooms. We would all be aware of and appreciate Ber's amazing family research abilities. The Holt Family Fellowship researchers are extremely lucky to receive such a wonderful offer. Most of us understand the tremendous work that this involves. The Holt Family Fellowship has accepted Ber's offer with our deepest gratitude. It is fitting that our family research in our chat rooms will now be based in Ireland.

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18th Apr 23 08:12:38 Carole Parkes Hi Bruce, I think you realised some time ago that your William Holt 1831/1832 was born far too late to be the nephew of General Holt. Have you perused the Irish catholic parish registers? They are hard work but worth it if you manage to find your family.
18th Apr 23 06:40:57 Carole Parkes Hi Bruce, unfortunately, the person who owns this website doesn't seem to be available to maintain it. I have also changed my email address but have to sign in under my old one. I don't have Ber's email address and would guess that she too has changed it anyway as we both have. Neither Ber nor I can log into the ancestor List to edit the information there. It seems such a shame since we all worked so hard to glean the various bit of information contained there. It is still accessible to read thank goodness. hope you get some help with your trip. I'm still no nearer to finding the parents of my Joseph Holt. We do know he was married in Dundalk, Co Louth in 1822. Where were William's children born?
23rd Feb 23 01:28:59 Bruce Bryan Hi again. This is Bruce. As stated in my last chat, I am trying to get in contact with Ber Holt. It occurred to me that someone may have Ber's email address and can email her for me and let her know I would like to email her. You can give her my email address. It is Also, any information would be greatly appreciated.
22nd Feb 23 02:09:22 Bruce Bryan Hi Ber and others. I communicated several years ago with the Holt Family Fellowship (see my chat entries under Bruce Bryan) I have since changed my email address to If you may recall, I am a member of the Holt family in New York and I am directly descended from William Holt (from records and verbal family history, one of the brothers of General Holt) I have finally retired and I will be traveling with my family to Ireland in the end of this June. I would like to resume contact, visit one or more places where the family lived or otherwise relevant, and perhaps meet other Holts with whom we may be related. Ber, would you please contact me by email. I would very much appreciate any suggestions you may have.
4th Jan 23 04:17:38 Carole Parkes I guess the birts below are Kieron's ancestors and he probably already has this data.
4th Jan 23 04:01:56 Carole Parkes And another son for a Liet. W J Holt in the Belfast Newsletter dated 29/Dec/1866.

"November 22nd 1866 at Onlaha? Bombay, the wife of Liet. W j Holt, 4th King's Own Royal Regiment, of a son."

Could they be the same W J holt?
4th Jan 23 03:19:16 Carole Parkes I just signed up to Ancestry again to see what Irish records they now have. Found this in the Belfast Newsletter, BMD section. Not sure if we already have it in our Ancestor list.

10/Jul/1869 At (something) Lodge, Kingstown, the wife of Captain W J Holt, 2nd Queen's Royal Regiment, of a son.
9th Dec 22 01:23:37 Richard Paul Holt Hi Ber, I tried to e mail you our Christmas Blog but it bounced back. You may have changed your e mail address. Can you send me an email to and I’ll forward it again. Still enjoy the The chat room. Regards Rick
14th Sep 22 01:38:06 Carole Parkes It would be great if you can take over the site, Ber. I have messaged on the Contact Us Page as I don't have access to the Ancestor List either, but no one replies.
14th Sep 22 01:36:26 Carole Parkes Hi Ber, It's been a while since we connected. I'm still trawling the NLI for Joseph's or Letitia's baptisms. I feel I'll have a better chance of discovering theirs than for Mary Murphy. For those who don't know, I'm looking for Joseph Holt born around 1796 (Ireland)and his daughter Letitia Holt (also Ireland) born around 1825. They came to Liverpool about 1826/7.

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