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The O'Donoghue Society

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

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BMDs from 1837 in England & Wales but not always
Irish people should be in the national system of birth, marriage and death registration from 1837. Registration of births was not compulsory and registration of deaths may have been forgotten when all the family was ill. Marriages can usually be found and the Irish had lower rates of illegitimacy or cohabitation unless they acquired Irish customs

Research Service

We recognise that our members’ primary objective is to progress their personal family history.  We have the capability to help.
This programme is led by Brendan O’Donoghue, a leading Irish genealogist.  He has worked for over 15 years researching his own family tree and helping others research theirs.

Brendan has completed an intensive genealogy course at Newpark College, Dublin under the well-known genealogist and author Bob Burke, he has studied genealogy at University College, Dublin

In his professional life, Brendan carries out all forms of custom research in the United States, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. He currently works as a research expert at ExpertConnect on  Over 80% of his projects have been carried out in the United States, he specialises in Irish - American research.

We are fortunate that we have an O’Donoghue of Brendan’s experience to lead a team of members and guests who have volunteered to help society members with their family history projects.  The volunteers benefit from Brendan’s guidance.

Between us we have access to many of the mainstream online genealogical services.

Please make the initial contact with Brendan at providing the information required on this Project input page

Brendan will brief one of the volunteers who will liaise with the member while keeping Brendan informed.

Our volunteers are listed below
Name                                       Country                                  
Annie Handley                       Australia
Helen O’Donoghue                Australia
Leonie O’Donoghue               New Zealand
Paula Kennedy                       UK
Joe Kelsall                              UK
Bernie Donahue                     USA
John Donahue                        USA
Tom Donahue                        USA
Jim Horgan                             USA
Kathleen Lott                          USA
John Pozega                          USA
The volunteers also check the message forum regularly to see if they can guide other researchers on their issues.
We are always looking for more volunteers.

If certificates are required to be purchased, we will inform the member of the details and they will need to apply for them in their own name and at their own cost.  The member should then feed the information back to the researcher to see if further work is possible.

In the event that the team cannot advance the project, and extended use of Brendan’s personal expertise is required, the member will be told in advance the potential cost of his time and can choose whether to proceed or not.

In order to help researchers with their genealogical education and project progress we have provided some aids accessed via these links

Researcher Training