Way back in 1998 or 1999 I found Rod’s O’Donoghue website and posted a message in the messages forum saying that I was looking for other Grandchildren of David and Mary Donohue from Red Bank NJ. Well I was in and out of the forum during that next year suddenly one day, 2 answers appeared. One was a friend of my cousins, the Lithcos, who knew how to get in touch with them and apparently he immediately called my cousins and told them I was looking for them. And directed my Cousin to the message because there was a second message from her. We made arrangements to meet in North Jersey and we exchanged a lot of information, deaths, burials, weddings, new children and grandchildren etc. . We both brought pictures and she has way many more than I, and we both brought questions. We haven’t gotten together lately but we still touch base periodically and if one of us finds some new kernal of info, we share it with each other and all the various brothers and sisters. Meanwhile, I posted, later, more questions and got an inquiry from someone in Ireland. Turns out she’s married to a cousin and he’s related to a local cousin of my father and she was able to straighten out some tangled family threads, about which Donahue/Donohue married which Heston, which Nolan etc. . Unfortunately, that’s not a currently active conversation. Hopefully she’s still reading and just not answering. But just from posting my interests I have cleared away some cobwebs, found 4 cousins and some jr. cousins (children of the cousins who’ve been born since the last time our parents were in contact) and found some solid leads to more family history and connections. Just from 3-4 posts in the message forums. So – post your interests.
By the way, I did get accquinted with a cousin here in Australia that I didn't allready know and we have shareed quite a lot of information, she read my original message about Thomas Donehue and margaret hare in your forum and that is how we found each other. Who knows, perhaps your missing link is also mine. Thanks again for having this wonderful site for people like myself to search.
The response from all the Donohue's who have contacted me after the FTDNA results have all been spectacularly friendly. Thank you so much for all the work that has gone into the O'Donoghue Society of which I am the lucky recipient.
We had been searching for years for the Irish side of the family and your website played an integral part in putting us together. My cousin, Ann Donahue Sheridan, Born March 17th, paid a researcher in Ireland to find our grandfather's birth information. When we had a reunion in te USA last August 29th, I posted a notice of that reunion on your website mentioning his name and birthplace (Crow Hill, COUNTY WATERFORD.) A cousin, Anne O'Donoghue, in London saw the notice and contacted me via email and the rest is history as they say. SO thanks to the O'Donoghue.uk site we are family and we are having a reunion in the USA in 2012... Thank You, Tom
Due to diligence, fortunate circumstance and the internet the Grand children of Patrick F. Donahue will be gathering April 10, in Cappoquin, Country Waterford at the Central Bar on Main St. to meet our newly found family. Thanks to a posting concerning our reunion in August, 2009 in Rhode Island our cousins in London were able to connect with us and we have been corresponding ever since. Cousins and other relative are coming from the USA, England and parts of Ireland to meet for the first time. The O'Donoghues (Donahue) clan is scattered all over the world but thanks to the internet we are able to communicate and get to know a bit about one another. Relatives live in Canada, USA, Ireland, England, Australia, and Singapore. The O'Donoghue.uk website has a very important part in this so we are grateful for your being there for us. Added later We had been searching for years for the Irish side of the family and your website played an integral part in putting us together. My cousin, Ann Donahue Sheridan, paid a researcher in Ireland to find our grandfather's birth information. When we had a reunion in the USA last August 29th, I posted a notice of that reunion on your website mentioning his name and birthplace (Crow Hill, COUNTY WATERFORD.) A cousin, Anne O'Donoghue, in London saw the notice and contacted me via email and the rest is history as they say. SO thanks to the O'Donoghue.uk site we are family and we are having a reunion in the USA in 2012...
You helped me by encouraging me when I was frustrated by the research, you gave me freely of your ideas for systematically researching the dark corners of my family story, you inspired me to begin to write it and then again to improve it, and you provided the finishing touches of inserting my photos where they would help tell the story. And then you published it in the Journal and I can't tell you how happy that makes me to have this precious part of my family "published on the website" in such an attractive manner where it may inspire others.
I am happy to say that within hours of joining the Society I was contacted from Australia with heaps of information and clues about my Donoghue family in Glenflesk. The Parish Priest and I are now on first name terms!
How the society helped: My objective was to learn where in Ireland my great-grandfather, John Donoghue, was born in 1850. With the help John Michael O'Donoghue and Rod O'Donoghue both of the O’Donoghue Society I now know the answer: the Cools town land, which is east of Killarney and north of Killaha. It was a fairly exhaustive process of obtaining birth, marriage and death certificates; reviewing U.S. census records from the early 1900’s in Salt Lake City, reviewing the Casey volumes in the Killarney Library, joining the Y-DNA project, etc. But, the key break through came when John remembered that my great-grandfather’s mothers maiden name, Healy, listed on his death record was synonymous with her maiden name, Kerrisk, which was listed on his birth record in the Casey volumes. A great feeling came from this team accomplishment. At various times during my research I considered giving up, but the helped I received from the O’Donoghue Society gave me the necessary encouragement. Although I achieved my objective I hope to continue my genealogy search and learn as much as I can about my ancestors.
I began documenting the history of my branch of the Donoghue clan in the mid-1990s. I was quickly able to put together the story of my family beginning with the arrival of my great grandfather, Patrick Donohue in Chicago in the late 1850s. But I was never able to trace my roots back to Ireland. That was my motivation for joining The O'Donoghue Society. Late last summer, I participated in the society's yDNA project. Through the project, I've learned that on the 37 marker test, I match up on 34 of 37 markers with society founder, Rod O'Donoghue and I match on 35 of 37 markers with John O'Donoghue who was born in Co. Kerry. By sharing what we know of our families, and with the help of the late Tom Donahue, John, Rod and I have been able to narrow our search for our common ancestor in Co. Kerry. And, I've made new friends as well. The highlight was a meeting in Chicago with John O'Donoghue, his brother, Tom and his son, Nick.
Thanks mainly to the society I have been able to trace my ancestors generation by generation back to 1770. I have also made contact with a branch which immigrated to Deleware Co. U.S.A. in 1861.