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I need some help again please.  I am drawing a complete blank re my great great grandmother.  She was born Bridget Leonard circa 1846 and had a sister, Mary Leonard born circa ten years before, who never married (on census as Leonard in 1901)   but thats all I know of her Leonard connection - dont know her parents or any other siblings and would love to know more.  I doubt she was an only child :-)    She married Martin Loughnane and went on to have six children.   In the 1901 census she lived in Cloughagalla, Kiltormer, Co.Galway.    Can anyone shed some light on how I trace her backwards given her being RC and I cant find birth cert/marriage certs.  I am at a bit of a loss and would appreciate any help please.  





Tuesday 11th Apr 2017, 07:57AM

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  • Rach:

    Hello again!

    Cloughagalla townland is actually in Aughrim civil parish which is northwest of Kiltormer parish. The RC parish would be Aughrim/Kilconnell. Here is a link to the parish register which only shows baptismal records from 1828-1880.

    For some reason, Roots Ireland does not have the baptismal records for Aughrim/Kilconnell online. Marriage records are only available from 1828-1838 and there is a big gap until 1880. My guess is that the marriage records for 1839-1879 were lost and that would explain not finding the record ( I also could not find the record and they probably married 1863 or earlier.).

    You will have to scan the register (the condition may be poor and possibly in Latin) to try to find the baptismal record for Mary, Bridget and any siblings.

    Here is a link to the 1855 Griffiths Valuation head of household listing for Aughrim civil parish. There are a couple Leonards listed and a Jermiah Loughnane in Cloughagalla, likely the father of Martin?

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Tuesday 11th Apr 2017, 05:18PM
  • I wish I could borrow your brain for  a few days Roger :-)  Thank you for the information.    Me and Latin dont get on lol   Possibly stupid question but I am guessing in those days they might not have travelled far to get married so I could go through griffiths valuation to try to find Leonards in the area local to the above townplace.  Sounds easy in theory lol   


    Wednesday 12th Apr 2017, 01:44PM
  • Rach:

    Yes the link I gave you to the Griffiths shows a Michael Leonard in Cloonameragaun and a Thomas Leonard in Aughrim.


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 12th Apr 2017, 04:59PM
  • I am also a descendant of Bridget Loughnane nee Leonard. Her daughter Bridget married Patrick Callaghan of Carrowkeel, who are my great grand parents. My grandfather Michael Callaghan was born in Clontuskert in 1911. I have an extensive family tree and would be happy to share info.
    Eoin Ó Ceallacháin


    Wednesday 17th Apr 2019, 03:25AM

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