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I am conducting some genealogical research for my family and I am looking for some help. My family is the Cassidy family from Dunkineely, Killaghtee Parish, Donegal. My 4th great grandfather was Andrew Cassidy. Andrew was born in Dunkineely in 1788 and married Mary Clarke around 1804 in Dunkineely (I think). They had the following children: Edward Cassidy (b. circa 1805), Thomas Cassidy (b. circa 1806), Mary Cassidy (b. circa 1808), Elizabeth Cassidy (b. circa 1810), and Anne Cassidy (b. circa 1815). I am trying to locate parish records (baptism and marriage records), but the website only has records for Killaghtee from around 1845 and onward. I know the family left Ireland around 1815-1825 and emigrated to Quebec, Canada and resided in southern Quebec. I would like to know if anyone can tell me if there are additional family members for Andrew Cassidy (parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters) etc...basically any additional information would be wonderful.

Would also love to know if family records still exist in the Killaghtee church parishrecords and if there are family graves in the area.

Thank you so much,

Tom Poirier (Tucson, Arizona, USA)


Saturday 25th November 2017, 06:05PM

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  • Tom:

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    You won't find any earlier records for Killaghtee RC parish. The RC parishes in Donegal did not retain the baptismal and marriage records prior to 1840 and in some parishes much later. 

    Here is a link to the 1834 Tithe records for the parish and there were 19 Cassidy records although some could be duplicates.

    There were also a like number of Cassidy records in the 1857 Griffiths Valuation head of household listing for the parish.

    Also, there were 14 Cassidy families in the parish in the 1901 census so the surname continued on.

    There is an excellent Donegal genealogy site and I have the link for Killaghtee parish resources

    There is a sublink which has quite a few Cassidy headstones and one of the contributors is a Terrence Cassidy and maybe you want to contact him.

    You may want to add your ancestors story to our XO Chronicles site

    Also, you may want to consider autosomal DNA testing.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Saturday 25th November 2017, 06:44PM
  • According to 1911 census Moses Given and his sister Margaret Foster and Margaret’s daughter Eliza were resident at house 15 in Calhame (Dunkineely)


    Sunday 5th July 2020, 09:43AM
  • Hi Tom,

    This is Hugh Cassidy from Cleveland. Found this thread online. Hope to see you soon!



    Saturday 23rd January 2021, 08:13PM