Brennan Surname in Charlestown Roman Catholic Parish Records, County Mayo, Ireland

The Charlestown Roman Catholic Parish Records are covered in microfilm #1279230 items 1 through 6. The film is listed in the LDS film catalog as Parochial Registers of Kilbeagh, 1845-1924 Catholic Church, Parish of Kilbeagh. At one point Carracastle Parish was united with the Catholic of Parish of Kilbeagh; today that Catholic Parish is referred to as Charlestown Roman Catholic Parish. This Catholic Parish has a large concentration of the Surname Brennan. This film was marked "Best Available Copy" and was scanned in negative (Black with white print). I have completed items one through six (it took me days to get through item 1). There was a gap in the item one records from 1883 until 1888.

I have done my best to correctly transcribe these records, but after five or so hours behind a microfilm reader, the likelihood of mistakes in both interpretation and transcription most certainly increases. I have the microfilm and item numbers on which the records were found so you can confirm the information. In an attempt to minimize download times I have limited the information presented on each family. The records in this section will document Baptisms (B) and Marriages (M). I also have documented all of the baptisms and marriages sponsored/witnessed by Brennans; although these are not included online, they can yield valuable clues such as "circles of friends" and possible townlands that might provide a missing link. There are additional details in these records such as date of birth, sponsors, priests, and at times notes in the margin detailing marriages and deaths. If you feel that your family is in this compilation, please feel free to contact me and I will share with you the additional details. I tried to include these details in this compilation but the pages became too long so I have removed them.

In regard to my own family Irish research, there are not only tons of Brennans in this Roman Catholic Parish, but tons of Frains (a fairly uncommon surname) and McNultys, the surnames of my second great grandparents travelling companions and close friends from at least New York to South Bend, Indiana.

The priests in these records appear to be spelling many of the Townlands phonetically. I will document them as they are presented. If both the husband and wife's surname is Brennan I will include it in the "B" section of these records. Her maiden name may be Brennan or it may be something else and just not used. There is no way to tell one way or the other.

Brennans identified as being born in Charlestown in other Genealogical Records:

  1. Bridget Brannan, widowed 60 yr old born in Charlestown, Mayo was living with the Michael Kelley family from Kiltimagh Mayo in Heckmondwike, Yorkshire, England, District 7 when the 1881 Census was conducted. Catherine Brannan, 21 year old unmarried Mill Hand born in Swineford, Mayo was living with them also.

These records are presented by spouse's surname:

Surnames A-C Surnames D-F Surnames G-I
Surnames J-L Surnames M-N Surnames O-R
Surnames S-T Surnames U-Z Unknown Surnames