Yes, that's interesting that you have the same two names.If you don't mind, I would be interested in seeing your family tree.
I had put my McDonald/Boylan/Connolly search on hold for a while.Unlike most of the Irish counties, Monaghan doesn't have its records online yet.I've looked at the little that is available, but without making that bridge between the family and Scotland and where they came from in Ireland, it's hard to identify the "right" McDonald etc. family.
I've put together names from the Scotland's Peoples site, as their birth, death and marriage records mention parents names, but the only place I have is Monaghan from my husband's ggrandfather's (John J. McDonald) birth record which says his parents Patrick McDonald and Bridget McCann (mother's name Boylan) were married in Monaghan.
So, no idea if they are talking about the town of Monaghan or the county.The county has a lot of Roman Catholic parishes.Are your McDonalds Catholic?
Anyway, I've been waiting for the records to come online.I have the date of the marriage and the names, so hopefully there will be a search function and the marriage record will have the parish.That should narrow down the search considerably.
Has anyone in your McDonald male line had their DNA tested?There is a large McDonald surname study going on.I had my son's Y-DNA tested and not found any exact matches.So far, the closest is 4 differences out of 67 markers, which means that my son and those matches are probably related sometime in the past 12 or generations.Unfortunately, most of those people are from the U.S. and don't know more about their ancestry than I do.
Interestingly, most of the matches are not McDonalds, but other Celtic names.I can send you more information on the DNA studies if you are interested.