The Desmond Archives

Est. 1997


Welcome to The Desmond Archives!

     Nothing fancy here, just an attempt to put some information online that isn't available elsewhere. Most of what's here is in the form of files that can be easily copied or downloaded. It is my hope that you'll find information that will aid you in your research. Feel free to download or copy anything you find here, as long as it's not for commercial use. Thanks for visiting the site.


Searching the Desmond Family Genealogies

      You can search for the person you're looking for by using Google Advanced Search.  Just enter this site ( in "site or domain" and the name and geographic information for the person in "all the words" and press the "Advanced Search" button.  For example, if you were looking for Sarah Harrison who died in San Francisco, you would enter "sarah harrison san francisco" in "all the words" and if you remembered to enter "" in "site or domain," you'd get a list of all the pages on this website that contain those words.  If you have trouble contact me, and I'll see if I can find the person you're looking for.


Contact Me

      If you have questions, can't find something, have corrections, or if I can help with your genealogical research, contact me.  I'd be happy to help if I can.

A Request for Assistance

      Does anyone have information on the family of Thomas Desmond, b. 1835, d. 1910, who was a member of the Catalpa Expedition and Sheriff of San Franciso? Is anyone related to him? I've put up a new extensive genealogy for this family and am now working on a biography of Tom Desmond. Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated and would be referenced in my sources. You can email me at I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks, Des.


The Family of Thomas Desmond, Hero of the Catalpa Expedition and Sheriff of San Francisco


20th Anniversary Blast from the Past! -- The Desmond Archives Guestbook from 1997 to 2001

"Daniel Joseph Desmond of Philadelphia, ca. 1794 TO 1849, Consul General
to Pope Pius IX, and the Mystery of the Vanished Desmond Family" by William Desmond


The Origin of the Desmond Surname

An Examination of Some Accounts of the Surname Desmond by William Desmond


Family Histories

A Memoir of Thomas Desmond with a Chapter on the Desmond Genealogy by Humphrey J. Desmond


The Map Room - Old Maps, Atlases, and Gazetteers of Ireland - Links to Geographical Information


The Irish Census of 1659 (with map) -- Households with The Surname Desmond in the 1766 Religious Census for County Cork, Ireland (with map) -- Households with the Surname Desmond in the Tithe Applotment Books, Ireland, 1823-1837 (with map) -- Heads of Households with the Surname Desmond in County Cork, Ireland in Griffith's Valuation, ca. 1845 (with map)


Vital Records

Desmond New York Births from the Social Security Death Index (Includes date of death) -- Pre-1750 Desmond Records from the British Isles -- Index to New South Wales Registry of Births, 1788-1905 -- Index to New South Wales Registry of Deaths, 1788-1945

-- Naturalizations Index, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts at Boston


Desmonds in the Brooklyn City Directories, 1850-1930 (Selected Years) by Raymond Maiara -- Desmonds in the San Francisco Directories, 1850-1890 -- Desmonds in the Cork Directories, 1755-1900



Desmond Biographical Sketches and Notes, Revised March 2017


Obituaries, Death and Funeral Notices

Desmond Obituaries, Death and Funeral Notices



Pre-1845 Desmond Irish Marriages -- County Waterford Death Index, January 1st 1864 to December 31st 1901 -- Desmonds in the Cork Directories, 1755-1900 -- Early Irish and English Wills -- Marriage License Bonds from the Public Records Office, Church of Ireland Marriages (mostly late 18th & early 19th centuries) --


Passenger Lists

Index to Irish Famine Migration to New Brunswick 1845-1852 -- New Brunswick Ships Passenger Lists 1833-1834 & 1837-1838 -- Convicts Transported from Ireland to Australia, 1788-1868 -- The Famine Immigrants: Irish Immigrants with the Surname Desmond Landing at the Port of New York, 1846-1851


Desmond Family Genealogies

Some Desmonds From County Limerick, Ireland

Two North Carolina Desmond Families

The Descendants of Daniel Dismant Nee Desmond, Philadelphia 1698

The Descendants of Timothy Desmond and Ellen Horrigan, from Aghadown, County Cork, Ireland to San Francisco, California
The Descendants of William J. Desmond and Ellen O'Leary to Boston. Massachusetts and Sacramento, California
The Family of Thomas Desmond, Hero of the Catalpa Expedition and Sheriff of San Francisco
The Descendants of John Desmond of Macroom, County Cork, Ireland, from Macroom to San Francisco, California and Sinaloa, Mexico
The Descendants of Bartholomew Daly and Mary Desmond of Kilbrittain Parish, County Cork, Ireland
The Descendants of John and Mary Desmond from Bandon, County Cork, Ireland to Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Some Desmond Families of the Kerry Roman Catholic Diocese, Counties Cork and Kerry, Ireland
Some Desmond Families of Old San Francisco, 1849-1906 (22 different families)
The Descendants of Patrick Desmond of Gurteen, County Cork Ireland
The Descendants of William D. and Mary Desmond, County Cork, Ireland

The Descendants of Timothy Desmond and Ellen McCarthy County Cork, Ireland to Brooklyn, Kings County, New York abt. 1838
The Descendants of Daniel and Mary Desmond, Cork City, County Cork, Ireland to New Zealand
The Descendants of Daniel Desmond and Julia Desmond, Bandon Cork, Ireland to Troy and Brooklyn, New York
The Descendants of Patrick Desmond and Bridget Cronin Murragh, County Cork, Ireland to New York and Chicago


Links To Other Sites

Desmond Ancestry Message Board -- The Desmond Genealogy Forum at -- Michael Maranda's Desmond Family of Buffalo, New York -- The Desmond Family, Cork, Ireland -- The Desmond DNA Project -- (Dr. Jane Lyon's Free Irish Genealogy Site) --'s County Cork Page -- (County Cork Parish Registers & More) -- Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet -- The National Archives Of Ireland -- FamilySearch