New database for Catholic Family History Society

I am a member of this society and they have uploaded 'The Margaret Higgins Database of Catholics in England and Their Friends : 1607-1840' on the society web site The Introduction alone is worth a read and contains this paragraph "A word of warning!  If the researcher is able to use the software, Microsoft Access, […]

First white child born in Jefferson Township

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 […]

Why my name is spelled Donahue

Contributed by Mike Donahue My g-grandfather, Patrick O'Donoghue immigrated to Chicago to join his brother, Michael in the late 1850s. The brothers settled in a neighborhood called Bridgeport on Chicago's south side; they raised their families living next door to each other. All official records of the two brothers and their families, census, city directories, […]

A father’s love for his son

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 […]

Why our name is spelt Donahue

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 […]

Aran Isles ancestry and DNA

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 […]

Trinity digitally recreates seven centuries of Irish history lost in 1922 Four Courts fire

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 […]

Irish Ancestors web site

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  

Digitalize records – a New Year’s resolution

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 […]

WW1 Donahue, Donahye, Donoghue, Donohue, Donohoe soldiers’ photos

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