The O'Donoghue Society

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From Winona Republican-Herald, Dec 10, 1942;  

Jefferson Township is in Houston County, MN 

The History of Houston County MN says thus: “The first births in the township of which there are any record were those of Michael and Patrick Donahue, twin sons of Patrick Donahue. They were born in July, 1856. Their father Patrick Donahue was one of the first three supervisors of the township. 

From Thomas M Witte (apparently not related to Colleen’s Donahue family but settled in same area) 

Contributed by Michael O'Donoghue

I thought I would send a series of photos I have just framed.  It was only a few years ago I saw this pattern of photos. The first photo is of my Grandfather John Patrick ODONOGHUE with my father Owen. The second photo is of me with my father and the third with my son Patrick.  There is no photo like this with grandfather and any other uncles or my father with my brother. My son is now 15 years old so I could not recreate a photo but had to choose from a few photos.  So I am very happy with this photo series. To me it demonstrates a fathers love of his son that passes down generations and keeps the O’Donoghue family strong. 

Contributed by Tom Donahue

My grandfather Patrick Donohue, who came to the US around 1850,  was born In Kilmuckridge in Wexford. He was illiterate when he became a US citizen in 1860 so the application for citizenship is marked by his 'X'.

Years later my father researched this application and noted that the Presiding Judge had written Patrick's name as Patrick Donahue, and so the name has remained these past 160 years. I remember as a child asking my father why we spelled the name as we do (with the 'a')  and he told me that my grandfather had had a schoolteacher named Donahue and that he copied her spelling. In fact, the judge approving his citizenship had made spelling it with an 'a' final, and so it has remained all these years.  


Greetings all. 
I am Helen Donahue,  my Donahue line comes from Portland, Maine.  I am a volunteer at the Maine Irish Heritage Center in the genealogy department.  We have a couple of projects that I thought might be of interest to you.  They are through FTDNA,  one is the Maine Gaeltacht project and the other is one I have just begun named Aran Islands-Galway DNA project.  My great grandfather came to Portland from Island Pond, Vermont by way of the Grand Trunk Railroad who he worked for.  His father came from Inis Mor, Aran, Islands, Galway, Ireland.  What we are trying to do is narrow down our Aran family trees.  We (Maine Irish Heritage Center, go to Galway and now Aran to ask people to do the FTDNA testing along with many of us with family that came  from that region of Ireland  and now live in the Portland area have taken the test.  We have found so many Connemara cousins.  From this we hope to match more people to their Aran ancestors.  I myself have already found a few on the island !   If you know or think you might be from the Aran Islands I would like to encourage you to join our group.   
Happy New Year    
3-D virtual reality reconstruction of Irish national archive will allow public to walk through the destroyed building and explore the lost records.
Trinity College have launched ground-breaking project to digitally recreate the Four Courts Public Record Office building and it’s seven centuries of records in a historic 3-D virtual reality reconstruction. The building and contents, on the quays of Dublin’s River Liffey were destroyed by fire at Dublin’s Four Courts at the outset of the Irish Civil War.
Resurrecting and compiling these millions of recovered historical and genealogical facts will transform how we understand Ireland’s past.
The project, launched on Tuesday, in Trinity College Dubin’s Library, Long Room, has the potential to transform how we understand Ireland's past and will be of great interest to the Irish diaspora and anyone tracing their Irish roots. It is estimated that up to 70 million people around the world claim Irish ancestry and heritage.
John Grenham's work is terrific  He has just launched maps showing RC baptisms for every parish where our name is involved.  Go to and then click on the new tab on lefthand side under Maps


Contibuted by Michael O'Donohue

Digitalized records are a key part of the genealogists resources. However, records do not become digitalized by themselves. To this end, the Dublin City University has launched a project to digitalize the National Folklore Collection. The idea is to achieve this using a public participation approach, which means that they need you. The outcome will be an archive that will be available to the public and a data management system that will archive future material. If your are interested, you can find details and participate here:

Regarding the O'Donoghue link, there are lots of things to find in the School's Collection. As an example, I have just digitalized this story, written by a child in the 1930s:

How Donoghue Cruig got the name

A great battle was fought at Carrgaveena long ago. The women and the children fled from the glen to the elevated ground of Artigallivan for safety. One mother finding herself unable to carry her baby boy and father hid him among the rushes growing in the marsh at Rusheenbeg. He was afterwards called Cruig and from him the O'Donoghue Cruigs were descended."


While searching for my 2nd great grandfather Jeremiah D Donoghue 1835-1915,  I came across these 13 photos from that I thought you might like for your new site.

If you would like to see any of them please contact Rod

Thanks to Jean Smoorenburg


Only fragments and substitutes of the 1821-51 Irish censuses survive. Search surviving records online at FindMyPast


The Global Research Library has announced a major new genealogical and historical search engine website, known as ‘’ Noel Elliot, Director of Research, said, ‘Although our website features every academic subject one could study, it has a particularly valuable feature of both genealogy and history, because of my own personal interest over the last 42 years’. The website is new, but the research library was created in 1981.

There are more than 52 million resources included in’s electronic index, with an average of one million being added every month. Elliot stressed, ‘The largest portion of our index are eBooks and textual documents, although we continue to add more images, audio and video resources as well.’ All 52 million resources are free to download. The website features valuable resources in other subject areas that are useful to researchers, such as 9 million maps that identify and show - worldwide - even the smallest places and geographical features. Of special importance are property or ‘plat’ maps. These show the names of property owners on their piece of land a century or more ago.