Where to find Ireland birth/census info for great grandparents (circa 1850)?
I'm looking for info for Ellen Donnelly Donahue (about 1848) and Owen Patrick Donahue (about 1846). I think Ellen came to the US in 1850 and Owen arrived around 1870. I believe one or both was possibly from North Leinster, Connacht, Galway or Mayo. I'd like to find their parents. They had children, Hugh, Edward, Owen, Anna, Catherine, Mary and John and possibly others. They were in Maryland recently after arrival and for the birth of Hugh, then moved to Northern Ky where the other children were born.
Any help or guidance in locating their parents or Ellen and Patrick's birth or other records would be appreciated.
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Have you tried:
A Website Maintained by the Government of Ireland.
[ But, ONLY fragments of the early Census' ]
National Archives of Ireland
I hope this helps, somewhat.
As an aside ...
Can I humbly suggest, that you consider, REPOSTING, this post of yours, in one or more of the 'Groups', in the "Groups" Section; where, the members of those 'Groups', may be able to help/assist you; and, of course, are only too will to do so. Plus, there are often "Resources", in the 'Groups', some; being, 'Links' to 'On-Line' Websites.
Please be advised, that you will need to "Join" a 'Group' to post in a 'Group'.
One of the 'Groups' that I would humbly recommend would be:
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I hope this may also help, somewhat.
Most Catholic parishes (80%+ of the population was Catholic) starting keeping baptism records around 1829. These can be searched by name at Ancestry.com, or FindMyPast, or browsed for free at the website of the National Library of Ireland: https://registers.nli.ie/ The state did not begin recording births until 1864.
The Irish did not have much variety in both their given and sur-names. There would have been multiple Ellen Donnelly's and Owen Donahue's. For example, there were 703 Donnelly's in the 1901 Irish census, and Ellen was a common female name, so easily there would have more than 10 Ellen Donnnelly's. You will need to narrow down their birthplace. Galway and Mayo are part of Connacht. Connacht is one of the four provinces of Ireland, and Leinster is another. Galway and Mayo are two of the 26 counties that make up the Republic of Ireland.
Have you found a naturalization record for Ellen and Owen in the US? A death? An obituary? Each of these may mention a more precise place of origin.0
Have you looked at the historical records on Familysearch? there are many records there. Its a good place to start.0