I usually refer to myself as a bulldog. I will chase after something endlessly and rarely give up. This a very good trait in a genealogist and I am going to explain why.
are a part of every genealogy. You get to a certain point and
can't seem to get any farther. When you are Irish, it is inevitable. By a
couple of happy circumstances, I have been luckier than most.
great-great grandfather, Cornelius Donoghoe was married and naturalized
in Massachusetts. I was able to get a copy of his civil marriage record
from the state and on it I found his father's name and his wife's
father's name. This is a really big deal.
the naturalization document in Massachusetts is much more detailed than
Connecticut and not only tells where he was born in Ireland but when he
arrived in this country. To anyone who has done Irish genealogy this is
the this is the "mother lode".
have been to Ireland, found his parents marriage and two sisters and
that was pretty much that for the last almost 20 years. Last night, I
was searching around on Family Search and as usual was checking what
records they have.
to check the 1850 census for Massachusetts to see if there was any new
information on where Cornelius might be. I searched Geoffrey just for
the fun of it and found two more siblings for Cornelius that I never
knew existed. I also found a death record in Boston in 1860 for a
Jeffrey Donahue 50 years old. Is this my Jeffrey? I don't know but if it
is, it changes everything I thought I knew.
lesson here is, it is never over. We just need to keep looking and
going back to the same sources because you never know when new
information will be added.
for the record, the spelling that I used for Geoffrey and Donahue are
not misspellings, these are the variations I have found in the records.
At Cornelius' birth his father's name is spelled with a G and the
Donahue was spelled with all o's and the g.