Re: Connaughton-Horan-Donohue Co. Westmeath, Ireland- NYC
I research the Irish Family History Foundation's database. It contains 12,800,000 surviving rcds for abt 70% of Irish counties. Rcds are increasingly sparse B4 1840, rare B4 1800. Cos. Donegal and Derry were recently added to the database.
Note 1 - Without a KNOWN county, the chance of an ancestor's rcds NOT being in this database is AT LEAST 30%.
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).
Note 4 - Microfilms of parish church rcds are kept by the National Library of Ireland (NLI).
For Cat(herine) Connaughton B 1876 (exact), Co. Westmeath, with the father's forename unknown, I found 2 church rcds: Kilcleagh and Tang* RC parishes. Father's forenames were John and James* respectively.
For Joseph Donohue B 1874 +/- 4 yrs, Co. Westmeath, with the father's forename unknown, I found 1 rcd: 1872, Tang* RC parish. Father's forename was Thomas.
For John Connaughton M 1870 +/- 4 yrs, Co. Westmeath, I found 3 rcds: 1871 Mullingar, 1872 Dysart, and 1874 Kilcleagh RC parishes.
For James Connaughton M ditto, I found 2 rcds: 1868 Tang* and 1874 Dysart RC parishes.
For Thomas Donohue M 1855-1872, Co. Westmeath, I found 1 rcd: 1859, Lemonaghan* RC parish.
With your limited info, there are no certainties, only probabilities. The asterisked items above are the most probable. Views of the detailed B rcds for Joseph and Catherine SHOULD show both parents names. This info can be used to validate which, if any, of the marriage rcds are the correct ones. This, in turn, can be used to validate earlier B/M 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.