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County Mayo, Ireland

For those interested in researching ancestors from County Mayo, Ireland.

Location: County Mayo, Ireland
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Latest Activity: Oct 28, 2020

County Mayo resources

Mayo Ancestors: The official genealogy records for county Mayo. This site has County Mayo Birth, Marriage, and Death records from ca. 1850-1900. Pay as you go. A very useful resource.


The Ireland Placenames database: this site is very useful for finding out information about an Irish location, and for trying to figure out which townland name is the right one


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Comment by Deborah Mackrodt on February 6, 2012 at 2:54pm

My great grandmother Bridget Bourke who was born Feb 3/5, 1897 in we think Bohola to Patrick Bourke and Anne Kilgallon. She had a few brothers Walter, Patrick and John. There was a story one of her brothers was killed during the great war there. She came to America when she was in her teens after her mother died. I have looked on Ellis and I havent had any luck. I just want to make the connection there and find the info on her family in Ireland. She died in 1953. Lotsa Bourkes lotsa Bridgets..very confusing.

Comment by Margaret on January 31, 2012 at 3:19pm

Hi, Kristen:

My grandmother was the Ellen Doris you're looking for.  She arrived not in New York, but in Boston, and later made her way with Bridge to New York. She had 5 children, the last and  youngest of whom, John, died four years ago.  She has a great niece still alive; I think she's the oldest still living from that line.

Comment by Peter Stines on June 29, 2011 at 9:47am
I'm looking for the Donley family near Newport in County Mayo. Anne Donley was born May 15, 1825. Her father was Hugh Donley and her mother was Bridgett Stanton.
Comment by Katie Heitert Wilkinson on April 13, 2011 at 4:45pm


Just stumbled upon this great site's free.

Comment by Katie Heitert Wilkinson on April 13, 2011 at 4:22pm



Another good multipurpose site with links to the National Archives and other research locations.

Comment by Kirsten A. Person on April 13, 2011 at 12:25pm
Thanks everybody for the comments.  I did not realize Cong was also a parish.  In Patrick and Bridget's son John's birth record it gives their address as "Carturia, Cong."  I just assumed it was the actual town of Cong.  Or is Carturia a village?
Comment by Katie Heitert Wilkinson on April 12, 2011 at 9:08pm
Kirsten grandmother and her siblings grew up  in the Cong area also ....just would add that Cong is considered a parish and is itself not a townland.  I'm so gla you found some great information.
Comment by Kirsten A. Person on April 12, 2011 at 8:34am
Alberto - thanks so much for all the look-ups!  I used the link for that was listed at the top of this page and guess what?  BINGO!  I found Patrick and Bridget's marriage and 3 of the children's births/baptisms.  They are from Cong in the south of Mayo.  Really excited to finally know where in Mayo they are from.  Thanks for your help!  I just heard about genealogywise at a conference a couple days ago and already it has paid off big-time!
Comment by Lisa A Hughes on April 11, 2011 at 9:17pm

I figured they must be onto something since I met each couple on separate days and they both said the same thing.  I have reviewed list of births from 1850 that show how many of each surname was born in each county; County Mayo and Galway definitely rate one of the highest for the Hughes name.  If only I had some clue as to where and when..... Until I do, I will just keep educating myself on resources so I know where to go when that time comes.


Comment by Katie Heitert Wilkinson on April 11, 2011 at 8:47pm
Lisa ...I know why those Irish tourists suggested that you start with Mayo and Galway.  Was running some searches on an Irish site last night.  There must be a bajillion Hughes in those counties.  All the more reason to see if we can find a township of origin.

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