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I have been trying to find the mother of my great grandfather for about 2 years and am no further,his name is Michael Woods and he lived at Cornonagh (Creggan)which is about 3 miles from Crossmaglen near the border,I have marriage certificates for both his marriages which has his father's name as Michael but not his mother's name.

Michael was Born either 1845 or 1849 differs on 1901 and 1911 census

Married Catherine McCreech 21 February 1884 at RC church Crossmaglen,Castleblayney,their son Michael was born 29 December 1884 died 31 December 1884,Catherine died 4 January 1885.

Married Ellen Keenan 1 June 1886 at RC church Crossmaglen Castleblayney they had 4 Children.

Mary Anne born 25 May 1887,Married Patrick Donnelly 30 September 1908 had 8 Children,died 28 March 1942 Daisy hill hospital Newry.

John 13 June 1889,found a marriage to Hanora O'Brian,died America 26 December 1969

James born and died 1891

Patrick born 24 September 1892 married 20 January 1921 to Annie McShane born 13 August 1897 died about 1980.( My Grandparents)

Hopefully someone has Family that might be able to help me get further.


Wednesday 17th February 2021, 03:39PM

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  • Trish:

    The subscription site Roots Ireland has a baptismal record July 8 1844 for a Michael Woods with father Michael Woods and mother Catherine Daly. Sponsors were Felix Daly and Mary Burns. The RC parish was Upper Creggan.

    No other Michael Woods baptismal records in Armagh in that time period,

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 17th February 2021, 04:57PM
  • Thankyou for finding this for me,this is in the right area for me so will get me further with my research,I had my DNA done but most of it was my father's side Walsh so did not help me much,pity they don't have both parents names on the marriage certificate,it would help a lot.


    Thursday 18th February 2021, 07:44AM
  • To Roger mcDonnell

    Think you have definitely found my great grandfather,have just looked at the marriage certificate from his marriage to Ellen Keenan and the witnesses are Thomas Lavill and Maggie Daly,thank you once again I am so glad I found this site.


    Thursday 18th February 2021, 03:13PM
  • I have just joined Roots Ireland to get my great grandfather Michael Woods details and I am unable to find it,can you talk me through how to find it,it will take me a while to find my way round the site anyway but if I can get this details I can mabe get his parents marriage aswell,even tried to find his sisters Delia and Anne but no luck either.


    Monday 22nd March 2021, 10:09PM
  • Trish:

    I just checked and there were eight baptismal records for children of Michael Woods and Catherine Daly including an Ann and a Bridget (Delia).

    On Roots select Co. Armagh records. On the left hand side, select Baptisms and put Woods in the surname field  On the right side of the search page show father Michael  mother Daly and Cat (for Catherine)   

    Let me know if you still have problems.


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Tuesday 23rd March 2021, 01:19PM
  • Trish:

    Michael Woods and Catherine Daly were married December 23 1834 at Upper Creggan. Witnesses Michael Morgan and John Daly

    children's baptisms

    Catherine November 28 1835 sponsors Patt McKane Mary McDonnell

    Mary July 28 1837  sponsors Mary Conlan John McCabe

    Anne April 15 1840 James Daly Bridget Hearty   NOTE likely died young    see 1847 Anne

    Bridget January 23 1842 Felix Daly Catherine Woods

    Michael July 8 1844  Felix Daly Mary Burns

    Anne February 2 1847 James Daly Catherine Daly

    Ellen October 5 1849  James Daly Catherine Daly

    Elisabeth March 31 1853 Margaret Leenahan


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Tuesday 23rd March 2021, 05:47PM
  • Thankyou so much for all this information,this will be a big help,I had the same problem trying to fill out a form on GRONI but I rang them up and they sorted it I now have the birth certificates for my mums brothers even if I can't access these details I have taken out a years membership so hopefully I will be able to get onto my account through the library computers when they open you are allowed half an hour free,Thankyou once again for finding all this out for me.


    Tuesday 23rd March 2021, 10:28PM
  • I've done it!!! Thankyou so much,it took a while I got a few then no more I ended up just with Woods in the box and the years you gave me then looked down the list for the name I wanted I did the wedding the same way,lots of different spellings and I knew Bridget and Delia where for the same name but never thought of putting Bridget down,now I just have to wait for the library to open to print everything off,15 people for the woods side and 8 on the Walsh even if I don't get any further I am very pleased with all I've got,Thankyou very much.


    Tuesday 23rd March 2021, 11:30PM
  • There is only the church record for Michael Woods and Catherine Daly's Marriage  on rootsireland so can't get their parents details is there anywhere else to look for the civil records,as the marriage was at Upper  Creggan I looked for births that might fit I found two in Armagh for michael.

    Michael Woods 31 January 1814 Upper Creggan father Arthur Woods mother Mary Myers,also looked for siblings but found no more births for Arthur Woods and Mary Myers,but two births Rose 21 November 1813 and Patrick 23 July 1815 both born upper Creggan to Arthur Woods and Rose Myers,wonder if the Mary was a mistake as Rosemary might have been said.there is a Arthur woods in the Tithe Applotments in 1828 at Rasson Creggan.

    The other Michael was born in Armagh 10 October 1813 Parents Patrick Woods and Anne Fitzpatrick 

    Found Cathe Daly 5 March 1815 Upper Creggan Parents Lawerence Daly and Bridget Daly,sponsors Peter McChoart and Margaret mcChoart(poss mother's maiden name.

    The Marriage was 1834 so though ages about right but don't want to guess,if all this wrong could someone put me on the right track as I signed up for a year to rootsireland so might as well get as much information as I can.


    Monday 26th April 2021, 02:55PM
  • Trish:

    Civil registration of births started in 1864 and as did RC marriages. FYI although not relevant to your family, non-RC marriages were civilly registered starting 1845.


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Monday 26th April 2021, 09:19PM