Gahagan (Goaghan, Goghan, Geoghegan, Gaughan) Families in Ballaghaderreen Roman Catholic Parish Records, County Mayo and County Roscommon, Ireland

Ballaghaderreen Roman Catholic Parish is covered on LDS microfilm number 1279232 in items 1-9. The film is listed in the LDS catalog as Parochial registers of Ballaghaderreen (Mayo and Roscommon), 1830-1963. There is another film covering this parish as well: FHL British film 926005 that I am in the process of finishing.

Ballaghaderreen Roman Catholic Parish was previously referred to as "Castlemore and Kilcolman." Castlemore Civil Parish and Kilcolman Civil Parish are both covered in this Catholic Parish. These Civil Parishes straddle the borders between Counties Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo. Kilcolman Civil Parish (that contains Ballaghaderreen) in Costello Barony was transferred to County Roscommon in 1898 in a Local Government Act.

Item one of this film is described as the Diocese of Achonry Ballaghaderreen Parish Baptisms (Baptismal records 1851-1864). Item two is described as covering "baptismal records of the year 1861 and of the years 1864-1872." Item three is described as covering Baptisms of Ballaghaderreen, Diocese of Achonry as is Item four and item five.

Summary of findings: In item one, the priest failed to document the mother's maiden name in the first few years of the film. These records will be listed in the "unknown surname" section of the Ballaghaderreen families. What is startling is that this priest wrote a whole page at the start of item one about the importance of preserving these records due to old age pension applications and loss of the census records and then he goes and leaves out vital information! Initially all of the wives were listed as given name, d.o. (ditto). This would seem to indicate that their maiden name was the same name as their husbands's surname, but every record on the first page was indicated as such which most likely means it is their married name and not their maiden name. There were several pages in item one that were so blurry I couldn't read them at all. Item two is a very clearly written documentation that repeats many of the records in item one with some spelling variations. I have included both records if there was any discrepancies.

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.

Analysis of Findings:

I am just beginning to analyze the Brennan/Corcoran/Coffey and Gahagan families that I have identified in the Townlands that were included in the Ballaghaderreen parish records. I intend to look at clusters of families in each townland, try to identify connections between them and attempt to determine what became of them- whether they remained in Ireland, left for England, the US or elsewhere. I would welcome any and all feedback on this compilation. Please contribute so that other Gahagan researchers might find the missing pieces of their Irish ancestral puzzle!

These are the Gahagans (and all variations) and their respective Townlands that I have analyzed thus far:

  1. Gahagan (Goaghan, Goghan, Geoghegan, Gaughan) Families from the Townland of Ballaghaderreen, Kilcolman Civil Parish, County Roscommon, Ireland in Church, Ireland Census and Other Records
  2. An Analysis of the Brennans, Corcorans, Coffeys and Gahagans (and all variations) from Banada, Keel Banada and Lung, County Roscommon Ireland in the Ballaghaderreen Church, Ireland Census, Griffith's Valuation and other Records

These records will be 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 Spouse's Surname