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Cork, Donovan Name Study

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Location: County Cork, Irelandmap
Surnames/tags: Donovan O'Donovan
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Donovan and O'Donovan Families of County Cork, Ireland


  1. Castle Donovan - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_Donovan

GOALS of this project

The goal of this project is to find every non-living person with the Donovan and O'Donovan Families surname in County Cork, Ireland and make a wikitree profile for them. We are especially interested in the Donovan and O'Donovan Families of County Cork, Ireland. So we will need to find early Catholic church records, which didn't begin legally until about 1829. We are hoping to find all the Catholic and possibly even Protestant church records from the area that record the lives of the members of the Donovan and O'Donovan Family.

Right now this project just has one member, me. I am Sharon Centanne.

Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them, and could use your help.

  • Help find Irish Roman Catholic and Protestant church records for the Donovan and O'Donovan Family
  • Take pictures of gravestones in the County Cork cemeteries, especially for the Donovan and O'Donovan Families
  • Adding sources
  • Adding categories
  • Adding relevant templates
  • Connecting family members to the global family tree.

Will you join me? Please post a comment here on this page, in G2G using the project tag. Thanks!

Sources for further research

  1. Church parish and Civil Registration online from irishgneealogy.ie - https://www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/irish-records-what-is-available/church-records
  2. Church parish records from the National Library of Ireland - https://registers.nli.ie/about#about_background_header
  3. Griffith's Valuation of Ireland from the 1850s - http://www.askaboutireland.ie/griffith-valuation/
  4. Tithe Applotment Records of Ireland from the 1820s and 1830s - http://titheapplotmentbooks.nationalarchives.ie/search/tab/index.jsp
  5. 1901 and 1911 Census of Ireland from the National Library of Ireland
  6. Skibbereen Heritage Centre in Skibbereen - https://skibbheritage.com/
  7. West Cork Graveyard database lists 25 Donovans buried in Drimoleague Old Cemetery, 10 Donovans in the Caheragh Old Cemetery, and 2 Donovans in the Kilcoe Old Graveyard, and 1 Donovan in the Kilcoe 19th Century RC Church ; along with 50 Donovans in the Kilmacabea Burial Register, 4 Donovans in the Schull Burial Register, and 43 Donovans in the Skibbereen Burial Register - https://skibbheritage.com/graveyards/
  8. Cobh Heritage Museum in Cobh, Ireland where the Titanic had it's last port of call in 1912, and where the bodies from the Lusitania were washing up on the shores in 1915. Cobh is also known as Queenstown because it was visited by Queen Victoria about 1850.

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