The O'Donoghue Society

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

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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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09.10.2018

My periodic update, in shorthand, on our progress.  In the June email I covered the results of our March survey. 

Projects and volunteering

After the survey we set up a number of projects.  Here’s three:

Laura Bravo, Truman Donoho, Dee Gilmore-Stewart and I will be working on a 12 point programme to improve our communications and ongoing interaction.  This effort will start in the New Year.

John Pozega and I have prepared a preliminary project and technical specification to capture circa 1880s census or equivalent data across the world.  1881 UK is already on the Resources area.  Once accomplished we would ask people to find their family and add their tree.  To make faster progress we need some volunteers with data collection skills.  Get in touch if you think you can help.

Michael O’Donohue, the instigator of our Meet an O’Donoghue feature, has made contact with the people of the name on Continental Europe. 
The more volunteers we get, the more we get done.  If you’ve got a skill we can use it.

Family history research service

The search for a descendant of Arthur James Donoghue, wounded in WW1, for the Commonwealth Graves Commission resulted in us finding one.   Sadly Arthur died in 1921. The Commission want to agree the script on the headstone with a living relative.  The volunteers who did the work are to be congratulated, in particular Kathleen Lott, Paula Kennedy and John Pozega.

We have had some good projects since we started this service, but I must say that I am surprised more people haven’t taken advantage of it.  We can’t promise to solve your problem but we will try.

Snippets

In April I said “When I ask for journal articles they may seem like a lot of work to some, but if I just threw out a limited subject like the Spanish flu and suggested that folk just send me a small bite on how it affected their family, perhaps that may seem more doable.   No need to conjure up beautiful prose.”  However I didn’t follow up… but I will!  Next one shortly…
 
Name variants

We now have over 870 variants on the site.  Some are historic that never appeared again, but many still exist today. 

Meet an O’Donoghue

Thirty pins are on the map of which 15 are in the USA.  Has anyone made contact?

Forums

Underused – why?  To be found under Connections and Community

That’s it for now.  Lots going on.

Cheers

Rod
 
29.06.2018


These are the suggestions made by contributors to this survey.

I have not shown individual contributors’ names but if anyone wants to get in touch with one just let me know.  Every one of these inputs has been considered and we are doing our best to follow through

Members

- No doubt difficult to encourage members to contribute their research, but worth a try.    I plan to convert all my father's 1950 era research (by mail) into Family Tree Maker and contribute it to you.

Comment: Any research data that is contributed can be uploaded to the Family Tree or Resources areas on the society web site.  Would like more people to do this. 

- I joined as a member so as to find the exact branch of my O'Donohue family whose origins are from Caherbannah, Formoyle, County Clare. I understand there is a Spanish connection or origin somewhere in the lineage, but have not been able to establish the link. It seems that most other historical origins are already on the website but not these ones.

Comment: I will write up Spanish Connection alternatives and try to make contact with these Clare O’Donohues

- The Society tries to be as broad as possible. This is good, though I wonder if the scope is broader than the actual needs of some members? Do members gather what they want, and then move on? I just do not know.

Comment: The answer is Yes, they do….but there are also many folk who recognise that this is a long term project and have maintained their subscriptions for many years.  However I still have to contribute personal funds to keep the whole thing going.

- I'm not sure how, but we need to promote the Society to people who may be interested.  Is there a way to contact folks through the DNA project and tell them about the benefits of membership?

Comment: Following input from the November 2017 survey I email something about once a month.  But do I market the benefits of membership enough?  Probably not, will try and do so better.

- There are parts of the O'Donoghue Y-DNA project that are poorly represented. Potentially new septs or sub-septs could be there waiting to be discovered.

Comment: Agreed, if one looks at the tribes/septs on Historical Origins there are clearly a number around which we would like to do more.  Elizabeth follows the haplotypes because place of family origin may not be the tribal origin.  We are undertaking a project to do more on Leinster origins.  For this we need more folk to join the DNA project from this province or any other as well.  

- Specific requests for help should perhaps be broadcast now and again. Personally, I am afraid of non-specific requests. However, if I am asked to do something for which I can clearly identify the boundary and evaluate the time required then it is another ball game.

Comment: Will try to provide clear boundaries.

- Please use a link checker to find broken links

Comment: Can anyone recommend one?  Anyone willing to help?

Guests

- Connect with Irish societies in colleges

Comment: This is in relation to the USA.  Have passed this idea on to Laura Bravo's project.

- I love Rod and all that he has done, but I realize that I have no genetic or other link with most other members.  We have a similar surname derived from a common Irish first name, but are no more related that we are to any other ethnic Gael.  I am more interested in learning about the Cavan Donohoes, where my roots are found.

Comment:  There used to be a Donohoes of Cavan society, which sadly folded on the death of its founder.  I tried in the early days to create tribal/sept/geography based groups but could never get the help to achieve it. 

- Various inputs such as
  Would like more historical info on individuals, families, places.
  More history
  Would like to see more focus on history, genealogy and DNA interpretation
  History of O'Donoghues
 
Comment: I need more detail to respond to this.  What specific areas would you like us to address?

- Photos that show physical characteristics.

Comment: We have this on the Physical Characteristics area of the web site but a limited number of people provide them

- Maybe include an interactive map showing where members are in world

Comment: Meet an O’Donoghue starts this – we just need more people to put their pins on the map

- Specify the individual counties and links to those counties and their historical information

Comment: This could be done via Useful genealogical links.  Anyone offering?

- Various inputs such as
   Introduction to new cousins?
   Knowing O'Donoghues in Southern California USA
 
Comment: Meet an O’Donoghue is the vehicle to achieve this.  We need lots more people to apply their pins.

- The transaction costs of converting USD into Euros [£s] to pay for a subscription in effect almost doubles the price of the subscription. We would rather have the money go to the Society, instead of the middlemen.

Comment.  Would require me to open a US$ bank account in USA but I would still lose on the transfer into £s.  The society does not have many expenses in US$s

- Provide a format to develop a community family tree all members can edit or see ancestral lineage.

Comment:  That is an enormous project and would require a team of volunteers over a number of years to achieve.  We have however started a project to try to record all people of the name from 1880s censuses in all countries.  With that sort of data base people would be asked to find their family and then provide their family tree.  We would need some sort of cross indexing routine but we will cross that bridge when we get there.

- User-friendly ancestor search and contacts list

Comment:  We have search routines on the site but this suggested that they are not user-friendly.  Help me with some ideas on what more might be provided.

- More outreach to guests

Comments: Would be glad to be helped on how to do this

- I am always interested in resources available in Ireland to help with my genealogy.

Comment: I need some help to expand the Useful genealogical links as there are many other resources we could include
 
You can add your own Comments to this blog. Click on Society Developments in left hand list and then on the title to the blog you wish to contribute to.

 
29.06.2018


My periodic update, in shorthand, on our progress.  In this email I will concentrate on the results of our March survey.  5% of the emailing list responded.  I believe 10-15% is to be expected from surveys of this sort so we were well down this time.  In 2014 we achieved 8%.

We asked for the services we provide to be ranked.  The results were

For Members the top six features on the web site were 1. Journal  2. Family History Research Service  3. Y-DNA project  4= Useful genealogical links & Historical Origins  5. Resources

For Guests 1. Useful genealogical sites 2. Historical sites & artifacts  3. News  4= Name variants & Research interests  5= Y-DNA project & Meet an O’Donoghue

I could do with someone offering to help on Useful genealogical sites please.

We asked for suggestions as to how we might improve the society.  All of them are covered in a new blog on the site in the category Society Developments, with comments as to resulting actions that we will take over time.

As an example
Suggestion: No doubt difficult to encourage members to contribute their research, but worth a try.    I plan to convert all my father's 1950 era research (by mail) into Family Tree Maker and contribute it to you.
Comment: Any research data that is contributed can be uploaded to the Family Tree or Resources areas on the society web site.  Would like more people to do this.
All suggestions have been addressed, but we can’t make major progress unless more folk volunteer their time.

Volunteering and projects

I did get a good response to my request for help this time and some new projects have been started.  Volunteers can do as much as they want, so not overly demanding, and time is not of the essence.  I try to be as specific as possible as to need and skill required but, if I fall short, I will no doubt be told. 

Here’s three of those projects

Laura Bravo, Truman Donoho, Dee Gilmore-Stewart and I will be working on a 12 point programme to improve our communications and ongoing interaction.  An idea within this is a desire to appeal to the younger generations with an O’Donoghue genealogy project pack for kids.

John Pozega is making our first steps (for his name variant in the US) into a project to capture 1880s census data across the world.  1881 UK is already on the Resources area.  Once accomplished we would ask people to find their family and add their tree.

Michael O’Donohue, the instigator of our Meet an O’Donoghue feature, is planning to liaise with the people of the name on Continental Europe. 

The more volunteers we get, the more we get done.

Family history research service

We have had some good projects since we started this service, but I must say that I am surprised more people haven’t taken advantage of it.  We can’t promise to solve your problem but we will try.

Currently Eleanor Donaldson is being supported in her continuing search for the history of Jeremiah Aloysius Donoghue (see Journal July 2015).

Meet an O’Donoghue

There are lots of pins on the map, but has anyone taken an initiative and met someone?

That’s it for now.  Lots going on.

Cheers

Rod
 
21.11.2017
WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE O’DONOGHUE SOCIETY?

My periodic update, in shorthand, on our progress

Highlights since July

- October journal published.  Some really good articles
  • O’Donoghues in Onondaga: Fighting in the Courthouse
  • Third Battle of Ypres centenary: Remembering the O’Donoghue Ilford brothers killed at Passchendaele
  • Another O’Donoghue in Annascaul
  • “There’s Magic in Ireland” By Margaret C. Donahue (1953)
- Family history research service: Three cases progressed.
- Meet an O’Donoghue: We now have 19 participants: 9 in USA; 3 in Ireland; 2 in each of France and UK; 1 in each of Spain, Turkey and New Zealand.  Have any folk made contact?
- News is being uploaded regularly: 20 items since July.
- The Y-DNA project now has 273 participants.  Next report in January.

Lots of people have made connections through the society but I rarely hear about them.  Please spare a minute and tell me your story.  It would also be really good if you would spread the word via your own social media.
 
Are there any media savvy O'Donoghues, perhaps studying web marketing, who might enjoy looking into the markers of success for a site such as ours and suggesting how to increase traffic.  Perhaps a project for a young student.  They could search for comparator sites and analyse the different approaches.

Books for Christmas….why not add ‘O’Donoghue People and Places’ and ‘Heroic Landscapes: Irish Myth & Legend’ to your Christmas list.  Get orders in early to ensure postal delivery in time.
 
I know time is at a premium, but all involvement will add to our community, so please find some way to contribute if you can.
 
Blog: So far I am the only person to have published anything!
Forums (under Connections & community): Postings have dried up – what are we doing wrong!  We have a real history of making connections, so get your enquiry submitted.
News: Please send me the details whenever you see references to folk of our name in the media.
Events: Anyone holding a gathering, reunion or meeting next year? Please let me know and I will post it.
Journal: If you have a story or project we would love to hear about it.
 
We plan a survey shortly to see what you think of our efforts.
 
Cheers
 
Rod
 
Rod O'Donoghue
Author of 'Heroic Landscapes: Irish Myth and Legend'  and 'O'Donoghue People and Places'
Founder of The O'Donoghue Society and The Irish Folklore Centre
https://www.odonoghue.co.uk
Email: rod@odonoghue.co.uk
Family history: https://ballyduffodonoghue.blogspot.co.uk/