Re: CONLEY/CONNOLLY Thomas 1845-
Hello B. Hays:
I have seen another of your posts. Don't recall if I responded to it or not. Hope this isn't redundant.
I research the Irish Family History Foundation's database. It contains 12,000,000 surviving rcds for abt 65% of Irish counties. Rcds are increasingly sparse B4 1840, rare B4 1800.
Note 1 - Without a KNOWN county, the chance of an ancestor's rcds NOT being in this database is AT LEAST 35%.
Note 2 - Only 1/2 of Co. Cork's rcds are in this database.
Note 3 - The RC church kept control over most parish rcds from Tipperary (north). These are ONLY available thru the Tipperary Family History Research center at a substantial fee (regardless of outcome).
For Thomas Conley B 1845 +/- 4 yrs somewhere in Ireland with the father's forename unknown, I found 143 rcds - too many to summarize here. He followed the Irish naming tradition. Of the 143 B rcds, just 25 have a father forenamed John. You have his mother's forename, but Mary is the most common female forename in Ireland. Probably several of the 25 have this forename.
For Mary Durant B 1846 ditto, I found 0 rcds. The Durant surname is rare in Ireland. It appears mostly in northern Ireland; probably the worst place for early rcds.
Google the Foundation's name to lead you to this database. Register, opt to be notified as rcds are added and browse. Pls post your search results to my genforum msg.
Hope this helps. Good luck.