The information below and my research leads me to believe that My Grandfather Patrick McGough (b. 1841 or 1842) is a son of Patrick McGough (b. abt 1815) and Anne Ronane of Castlebar, Mayo, Ireland. The search by “South Mayo Family Research Center” on 26 Oct 2006 did find baptism records for my grandfather, Patrick McGough, but I believe he probably was born prior to the children below and perhaps in a different town, where those records were not yet recorded.
Subject of Letter: County Mayo Birth/Baptism Search for Patrick McGough Dear Mr. McGough: Thank you for your request for a search of County Mayo records of births and baptisms for Patrick McGough, born circa 1841or 1842, son of Patrick McGough and Anne Ronane Civil records of births did not commence in Ireland until 1864. No record of the baptism of Patrick was found. However, Patrick McGough and Anne Ronane of Mount Gordan (located on the Westport road on the outskirts of Castlebar) are recorded as the parents of: (A) Thomas McGough baptized 27 January 1843 (sponsors: Patrick Ronane and Mary Ronane). This child apparently died in infancy as a second Thomas was baptized later. (B) Thomas McGough baptized 4 December 1843 (sponsors: Patrick Ronane and Mary Ronane). (C) Anne McGough baptized 10 September 1848 (sponsors: James McGough and Mary McGough). (D) James McGough baptized 22 December 1853 (sponsors: Patrick Ronane and Judith Ronane). Yours sincerely, South Mayo Family Research Center
This above information correlates reasonably well with information on World Tree and magoo.com, except the information is more complete and dates are more accurate. The sponsors listed (above) may also offer clues for those searching for relatives of Patrick and Anne. I believe there were at least two other children born to Patrick McGough and Anne Ronane, but not necessarily in Castlebar. Any addition information would be appreciated.