While I wait on the films from Salt Lake City and the records from the church in Ireland, I thought I would take some time to search on the witnesses and sponsors that are listed in each of the indexed records I found. Again, it turned to be a pretty good day I completely feel like Irish eyes are smiling on me!
If you recall, in Irish Church Records, I shared information that I found additional records that could just be my extended Connell / O’Connell family. Searching on the odd names certainly helped me out.
First I made a list of possible siblings for Ellen and Denis, based on their children’s baptismal sponsors. The possible siblings are as follows:
John Feehane / John Fehine
Johanna Fehine / Johanna Tehan
The results for the Connell / O’Connell family was what I suspected, not so easy to figure out. I will need a bit more information to see if I can really make additional family connections with them.
On the Fehine line, I had a bit more luck. I started with Dermot, not a very popular name. I found a marriage index for Dermot Fehine and Catherine Buckley on 13 Feb 1841, they were living in Drommagh, Dromtariffe at the time of marriage. The witnesses to their marriage are Eugene Sullivan and Mary Murphy.
Then I moved on to possible sister Johanna Feheen / Fehine / Tehan and found a marriage index for Charles Mcarty to Johanna Fehine of Island, Dromtariffe. The witnesses for this marriage were Daniel Fehine and John Fehine. I followed this family and found a baptism index for Mary McCarthy. Her parents are listed as Johanna Fehine and Charles McCarthy. Her sponsors were Johanna McCarthy and Catherine Buckley.
As you can see all of the names are repeating. I am positive I am on the right track with this family. I did find a few other records that I am going to follow up on as well once the records arrive at the Naperville Family History Center. I cannot wait to look through those two films.
Hope to have an update on this within the next few weeks to share with everyone.