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Annie CONNOLLY or CONNELLY b abt 1861

Annie CONNOLLY or CONNELLY b abt 1861

Posted: 1359055792000
Classification: Query

I thought I would try this site again for some help.

I will be traveling to Ireland in June 2013 and am hoping to know a little bit more about my family before then.

I am trying to find the birthplace for my great grandmother: Annie CONNOLLY (maybe spelled CONNELLY) maybe born in 1861 in either County Sligo or County Roscommon. Her mother was Bridget maiden name unknown (maybe Brennan. Her father may have been either James or Patrick. SHe may have had a brother Joseph.

I KNOW Annie married a Michael QUINN from County Galway after they settled in England on Jan 8, 1877 in Prescot, Lancashire, England.

They had the following children: Marge, Bessie,James, Anne, Patrick, Jimmie, Mary Agnes, Thomas and my ancestor Joseph.

I'd really appreciate any help you can give me.

Nancy A. Daniels
Cape Cod, MA USA

Re: Annie CONNOLLY or CONNELLY b abt 1861

Posted: 1359689271000
Classification: Query
Hello Nancy,

I found what may be the baptism index for your Annie Connolly at the Irish Family History Foundation (IFHF) website for County Roscommon. This index was uncovered based on the information you posted to the Roscommon message boards at on 24 January 2013.

The index shows that Anne Connolly was baptized in the Ballintubber Catholic Church, County Roscommon, in 1860. Her parents are listed as Patrick Connolly and Brigid Brennan.

The index is below:

1 match for the search criteria: Connolly (plus variants) Anne 1860 Parish: BALLINTUBBER RC (RC)

Record Type: Baptism/Birth Records for Co. Roscommon
Surname: Connolly
First Name: Anne
Father's Surname: Connolly
Father's First Name: Patrick
Mother's Surname: Brennan
Mother's First Name: Brigid

Year: 1860

Parish/District: BALLINTUBBER RC (RC)

I also looked for the marriage index for Patrick Connolly and Brigid Brennan, which I did not find. Nor did I uncover the baptism or births indexes for any more of their children.

The IFHF homepage can be found at:

Before accessing indexes at the IFHF you’ll first have to register. Registration is free. You’ll also be able to access Anne’s baptism index for free, but you will be charged to obtain her baptism transcription. You’ll have to purchase credits with a credit card to obtain the transcription. The IFHF website will have more information about purchasing credits for baptism, as well as birth, marriage, and death or burial transcriptions.

If you purchase the baptism transcription for Anne, you may see that her last name may be spelled differently than Connolly, as shown in the index. This is because the IFHF uses a Soundex-like system for surnames, which goes by the way a surname sounds, rather than how it is spelled. This means that Ann’s last name in the baptism transcription could be spelled Connelly, Connally, etc.

While Anne may have been baptized in Ballintubber, her parents may or may not have lived in that town. They may have lived in a nearby town or village. Anne’s baptism transcription should provide you with an exact date of the baptism, and possibly where the family had been living when the baptism took place. Other information that may also be in the baptism transcription is her father’s occupation, the names of Anne’s godparents, and the name of the parish priest who baptized her.

If you research this area of Roscommon, you will also see Ballintubber spelled as Ballintober. The name Ballintober in Irish means Town of the Well. In the Irish language the town is spelled “Baile an Tobair,” and is located just a few miles outside of Castlerea.

To view a Catholic Parish map of Ballintuber go to the Irish Times website link at:

Once at the map, find “Co. Galway.” Just above Co. Galway you’ll see the Parish of Kilbegnet. Just above Kilbegnet you’ll see the Parish of Ballintubber & Ballymoe, situated on the border with County Galway

To see Ballintober on a Google Map of County Roscommon, go to:

Once at map, go to the Zoom-in/Zoom-out gage in the upper left portion of the map. Zoom in, but not all the way, so that the landmarks of the town will be delineated more clearly. If you’ve zoomed in enough, you’ll then see the Ballintubber Post Office, the Fatima Lodge, St. Bridget’s Church, St. Bridget’s National School, and the Parochial House.

On the map you’ll also see the letter A highlighted in orange. Left-click on the letter A to generate a “Street view” thumb-nail photo of Ballintober. Click on the photo, and you’ll be looking at a side view of St. Bridget’s Church. This may be the church where Anne Connolly was baptized. You can navigate to the front portion of the church with your mouse and cursor. You can also travel around Ballintober to look at the scenery.

Next, exit the “Street View” and go back to the full Google Map for Ballintober. In the left margin of the page, off the map, you’ll see the prompt “Directions,” highlighted in blue. Click on Directions. In the A drop-down box, type in Castlreagh Roscommon Ireland, and then click on Get Directions. The next map shows that Ballintober is between 8.2 and 9.9 km from Castlreagh. This is from between 5 and 6 miles distance. This town is also spelled Castlrea.

If you go to Roscommon this June Nancy, you may be able to find more B&Bs in the Castlrea area than in the smaller village of Ballintober.

For instance, see:

Best Wishes,

Dave Boylan

Re: Annie CONNOLLY or CONNELLY b abt 1861

Posted: 1359825895000
Classification: Query

Thank you SO much for all the information you have provided! I will be looking at all the links you gave. Wish me luck!


Re: Annie CONNOLLY or CONNELLY b abt 1861

Posted: 1359835514000
Classification: Query
You're welcome Nancy, and Good Luck!

Kind Regards,

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