Welcome to the McCarthy Family Genealogy Project.

This web site is designed to provide information and exchange of data concerning the McCarthy Family originating in Ireland.

At this stage our county of origin in Ireland is unknown. The earliest record of this branch of McCarthy family has been traced back to one James McCarthy and dates back to 18 July 1866 when he got married to Katrina Magdalena du Preez in Humansdorp, in South Africa.

Up to now we have been unable to obtain information regarding James Mc Carthy`s forbearers and this is a very high priority as it would take our knowledge to another generation. This makes James McCarthy the progenitor or Patriarch, in our family line.

“A progenitor is an ancestor in direct line. In genealogical terms this refers to the earliest proven person in a line“.

The majority of the information that we have accumulated relates to the descendants of James and is fairly extensive.

This branch of the McCarthy Family has spread rapidly in five generations with active direct and collateral relative contacts in South Africa.

The site provides information on both paternal & maternal ancestors.

A maternal ancestor is an ancestor on the mother’s side of the family & a paternal an ancestor on the father’s side. Your father’s mother is your paternal grandmother & your mother’s mother your maternal grandmother.

At this stage we have limited information regarding some of his children.

The work is on-going and should you have any information or pictures relevant to this family, background or origins please contact us Hendrik McCarthy ghrmcca@mweb.co.za or my wife Cornelia McCarthy corneliamccarthy9@gmail.com

This knowledge belongs to all our descendants, help us to collect and preserve the knowledge.

Update Status:

September 2015

Updated our contact detail and currently  testing an interesting hypothesis: Petro contacted me and shared a story told to her as a child.

The great grandfather was a soldier that came to South Africa to fight in the border wars. He apparently got of the ship, the ship sailed back and sank. His family in Ireland assumed that he was dead.

I am investigating and found that the “HMS Birkenhead  was wrecked on 26 February 1852, while transporting troops to Algoa Bay at Danger Point near Gansbaai, 140 kilometres from Cape Town, South Africa. There were not enough serviceable lifeboats for all the passengers, and the soldiers famously stood firm, thereby allowing the women and children to board the boats safely.

Only 193 of the 643 people on board survived, and the soldiers’ bravery gave rise to the “women and children first” protocol when abandoning ships.”(Wikipedia). The ship stopped at Simonstown and some passengers and sick soldiers got off.  I am searching and trying to find any documents with the names of the soldiers that got off at Simonstown. If any person can assist please contact me?

April 2012:

  • added Photo Album  of my Great Grandfather Hercules McCarthy)


May 2012

  • Added photo albums under the McCarthy Gallery for My grand father, my father Harry, his sister Lettie and all my Uncles Willem, Hendrik, Piet, James and Gert
  • Also added the descendants for James McCarthy


  1. Susan Opperman says

    Submitted on 2012/07/12 at 10:41 am
    Ek is die derde dogter/2de jongste van Zacharuis Joseph (Boet) van den Berg. Ek woon in La Montagne, Pretoria Oos. Ek stem saam met my sussies, dis wonderlik om die familie se foto’s te sien. Die heimwee is baie groot en dit laat my nie sonder ‘n traan agter nie. Hoe kosbaaar is dit darem nie!

  2. Derek Wehmeyer says

    Submitted on 2011/09/16 at 7:24 am
    I am researching the Wehmeyer family. I picked up a connection where Johannes Daniel Nicolaas McCarthy married Catrina Aletta Magrieta Wehmeyer, and Jeanette McCarthy has Ancestral file number b1c11d3e1.
    Can someone contact me and supply more information please?

  3. Sandra says

    Submitted on 2012/02/14 at 3:57 am

    My Mc Carthy is my gggrandmother Catherine Mc Carthy born Tipperary Ireland ? however cannot find birth certificate she married James County in South Australia 1860 and settled in Geelong Victoria died there. Her parent were Mary Ryan and John/James Mc Carthy any help appreciated as we cannot find any information beyond this point 36 years seaching .

  4. Eugenia Lawrence says

    Submitted on 2012/08/11 at 1:53 am
    The McCarthy’s I come from hail from the islands of Samoa, New Zealand and Australia. Anyone know how the McCarthy’s got to the South Pacific Islands?

  5. Corl says

    Submitted on 2012/10/05 at 7:36 pm
    I’m a McCarthy!!(: my dads a McCarthy(: Italy Tx!(:

  6. Kevin says

    Submitted on 2012/10/11 at 9:34 am
    Have a look at either Cork or Kerry’s parish records. McCarthy’s appear to predominantly come from those areas, and have spread just before, and during, the famine. Southern Cork is full of McCarthys and many of the locals have info on where people moved, though do not know what happened after that.
    As for the pacific islands, I should imagine that some McCarthy(s) were pressganged into the British Navy and made off at one of the stops on a voyage, possibly. Though it may just have been a number of McCarthys moving to Aus/NZ for the same reasons as they (we!) do to every other country.

  7. McKenna says

    Submitted on 2012/12/21 at 2:34 am
    My great grandmother was a McCarthy. I wonder if ther’s a connection.

  8. Wilma van der Merwe/de Waal says

    HI I would like to use the info of ER van der Merwe in the Van der Merwe book I am writing currently, can you email me her info and perhaps the photos’.

    Tons of love and many blessings.

    Far away family Van der Merwe

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  11. Denise says

    I’m a descendant of Charles McCarthy n if you want to know then contact me on the above email.

  12. Muneer says

    my Grandfathers surname was Macarthy he’s name was Hendrik my mums name was Rita Violet Macarthy as far as I know my Grandfathers family is a mystery we’ve never heard of any family from his side

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