When I started researching my own family tree I was lucky enough to have a base of work my father had lovingly put together. It went back to the mid 1800’s to a Mat Murphy, Co Mayo Ireland
So to hone my skills I started looking at the various relations and finding where possible Birth and Marriage certificates, and found myself completely confused.
Until I realised that Mat was actually Patrick Murphy, and was called Mat because there was already a Patrick Murphy down the road.
So Mat That Was Pat was started …