The O'Donoghue Society

For all those interested in history and genealogy and whose names are derived from the Gaelic


The blogs are for reporting or discussing something or some subject.

As distinguished from our forums which are for family history enquiries and responses as now, where people are looking for someone or something and the journal which is for longer well researched articles usually, but not exclusively, of a historical or genealogical nature.

This page lists all blogs in date order. The links to the left allow you to see the blogs categorised by subject matter.  To add Comments click on the Category and then on the title to the blog you wish to contribute to.

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22.11.2016 - the official government / National Records of Scotland genealogy index/images portal - has relaunched.  A major change is that it is now free to search indexes, and you only pay to download images.


There's a search form on the home page that lets you search across all records in one go. Searching for a name is then broken down further into numbers found in specific records like the various categories of statutory registers (e.g. births, civil partnerships, deaths, divorce, marriages), census returns (1841-1911), church registers (Church of Scotland births, marriages and deaths, as well as Catholic registers and other church records), valuation rolls (various years 1855-1930) and legal records (like wills and testaments). All of these index entries can then be viewed for free. You only pay to download any images you buy.

The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland  

Over 45,000 entries

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This huge new dictionary is the ultimate reference work on family names of the UK, covering English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, and immigrant surnames. It includes every surname that currently has more than 100 bearers, and those that had more than 20 bearers in the 1881 census.

Each entry contains lists of variant spellings of the name, an explanation of its origins (including the etymology), lists of early bearers showing evidence for formation and continuity from the date of formation down to the 19th century, geographical distribution, and, where relevant, genealogical and bibliographical notes, making this a fully comprehensive work on family names.

This authoritative guide also includes an introductory essay explaining the historical background, formation, and typology of surnames and a guide to surnames research and family history research. Additional material also includes a list of published and unpublished lists of surnames from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Bibliographic Information

The Third Quarter issue of the Irish Roots magazine has an article on the Coollattin Papers from the Earls Fitzwilliam estate of that name.  They consist of Famine Emigration Books, Lists of Land Occupiers and the 1842 Estate Maps.

I noticed a reference to John Donoghoe from the townland of Ballyrahan.  In 1827 he was 84 and had been employed for 54 years as a wood ranger.