From: Rosemary Eisenhauer
Date: 07/03/04 23:22:25
Subject: Donohill: Using multiple sources
Genealogy is like a big detective story both of which captivate me. So I am here trying to illustrate the use of multiple sources and to contribute if possible to your search for the historical name of Donohill. You do not mention the time frame you are working in so I have pretty much stayed in the 19th century.
1.) First I consulted Mitchell’s Atlas (p. 151) and found the Civil Parish of Donohill in the west where County Tipperary meets the borders (roughly) with Clare and Limerick circa mid-19th century. Donohill sits nnw of the Civil Parish of Soloheadmore and hence nnw of Tipperary Town. But he places the Civil Parish of Donohill in the Barony of Kilnamanagh Lower. (Note the discrepancy in Step Two below.)
2.) Next I did a Google.com search to call up SeanRuad.com, another favorite source of mine although he does not include religious parishes. If I remember correctly, seanruad also uses records from the mid-19th century. He cites “Donohill Lands,” illustrating the variations in Placenames that crop up. But he places this Civil Parish in the Barony of Clanwilliam. Is this a mistake perhaps? I honestly don’t know. I don’t have the necessary facts.
3.) Another note: While SeanRuad lists Donohill Lands on its own, he also lists “Alleen (Ryan)” separately. I am supposing Alleen is a Ryan nickname, which means you would want to be vigilant when you read the marriage and baptismal records for your family, looking for both Alleen (Ryan) or Ryan (Alleen) or other Ryan nickname.
Yet an additional note: if we are trying to locate ancestors in border areas it is good to remember that our relatives could have spilled into nearby Counties and we would be off on a related search to discover where those records are held.
4.) Then I went back to Mitchell, discovered in his Intro (p. 12) that Civil Parishes and RC Parishes are both drawn to scale. And comparison of the two was very helpful. Regardless of the name of the Barony, the boundaries of the Civil Parish of Donohill are identical to those of the RC Parish called “Anacarty.” They lie in the same geographical location and have the same boundary configurations.
5.) For this study, I also checked RC Parishes at: http://www.cashel-emly.ie/parishes/diospars.html Here Anacarty and Donohill are listed together in today’s world but the other evidence suggests there is an “older” association of these names.
6.) Finally, I used the cashel-emly website above and went looking for the specific church names in this RC Parish (which is fairly sizeable). Found two: St. Brigid in Anacarty (a town?), built in 1870; and Immaculate Conception, Donohill (another town?), built in 1824 or 1836. Logically, St. Brigid’s as the later church would have held the church records of the earlier Immculate Conception.
But at this point who knows for sure? Perhaps there are town or parish histories of Anacarty and/or Donohill that might tell us–and/or indicate the names of specific churches in the 18th century. Another way to find out is to write to:
RC Parish Church
There may be other sources available for the 18th c. church names. Has anyone on the List used them?
Hope this helps. Good luck.