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Looking for O'Connell's or Connells

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Looking for O'Connell's or Connells

I don’t know if I should post this here, but we will be in Ireland in September, and I am interested in my husband’s family history.

I realize there are probably thousands of people with this name, but I had to try.

His Great, Great Grandfather comes from County Westmeath, Patrick Connell born June 14, 1809 and married Mary Keary, born 1818.

Children Christopher Patrick Connell born, June 14, 1839, who is my husband’s Great Grandfather.

Christopher Patrick Connell, County Westmeath, born June 14, 1839, Rathowen Parish.

Married Sarah Piggott, born September 12, 1846, County Tipperary, Ireland. (Daughter of Owen Piggott and Sallie, (unknown

I have heard that the name was O’Connell and they shortened it when they came to America.

What is the best way to learn more about this family?

Should I go to County Westmeath to Rathowen Parish? Does anyone know of any O’Connell’s in County Westmeath?

Or is this like trying to find a needle in a haystack with the information that I have? Thank you in advance for any help I might receive.

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1. Re: Looking for O'Connell's or Connells

Actually, you have quite a lot of information; maybe, more than most.

These will get you started:

http://www.irelandxo.com/node/11995

http://www.irelandxo.com/node/20332

westmeath.rootsireland.ie/generic.php…

Scroll down for Westmeath Dun Na Si Heritage Centre in Moate:

nationalarchives.ie/genealogy1/…

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2. Re: Looking for O'Connell's or Connells

The free online genealogy magazine Irish Lives Remembered featured Westmeath Genealogy in their January 2013 edition:

issuu.com/irishlivesremembered/docs/irish_li…

http://issuu.com/irishlivesremembered

http://www.irishlivesremembered.ie

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3. Re: Looking for O'Connell's or Connells

Thank you Uasal, I can't wait to look at these links. I appreciate the time you took to post them.

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4. Re: Looking for O'Connell's or Connells

You're very welcome.

Rathowen is a townland spread across two Civil Parish, one Rathaspick and the other Russagh, both in the Barony of Moygoish.

Both are shown here adjoining each other at # 50 and 54, along the border with neighboring Co Longford.

https:/…

Do you know if your ancestors are Catholic or Anglican or another denomination?

If Catholic -

irishtimes.com/ancestor/…westmeathrc.htm

http://tinyurl.com/3owc6l9

www.buildingsofireland.ie/niah/search.jsp…

…ancestry.com/localities.britisles.ireland.w…

A quick glance at the phone book shows a number of people of the surnames Connell and O'Connell currently in Co Westmeath.

Rathowen is shown here on this map, not far from the village of Edgeworthstown, in Co Longford:

www.feericks.ie/Location-of-Feericks-Hotel/

And, this link sets the scene and provides directions from Dublin Airport:

https:/…location.html

Co Westmeath Genealogy, via the County Library Service:

westmeathcoco.ie/en/…

Co Longford Genealogy:

www.longfordtourism.ie/heritage/genealogy/

Good luck with your research and Rathowen looks like a lovely part of the country, not on the tourist trail for many people, for sure.

All the more reason to visit!

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5. Re: Looking for O'Connell's or Connells

In Griffith's Valuation from the mid 1800s, there are a number of people by the surname Keary, in the Civil Parish of Rathaspick:

failteromhat.com/griffiths/…rathaspick.htm

No Connell or O'Connell in either Rathapsick or Russagh; no Keary in Russagh.

http://www.failteromhat.com/westmeath.htm

Griffith's Valuation was a kind of census of property and landowners. Westmeath's was completed in 1855.

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6. Re: Looking for O'Connell's or Connells

They are Catholic, could that mean my information is wrong if they are not found in the Griffiths valuation? I received the information from another family member. I would love to find some relatives, but I don't want to spend my whole trip looking for them. I might have to just do more research before I travel back to Ireland. Yes, if at all possible, I intend to come back after this trip to Ireland. My friend Elaine, says I will be planning my trip back, on the flight back home. Thanks again so much for the information, I will continue to do research on it.

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7. Re: Looking for O'Connell's or Connells

Penny,

No worries about the religion aspect and Griffith's Valuation. The majority of people in an area are not listed in that Valuation.

Just checking in terms of which church records you would be looking at.

The conclusion I would draw is that either the people named who were not in Griffith's Valuation did not own property or they had left the area by 1855.

Do you have any records for the family from the US side - as in, when and where they arrived in the US, for example?

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