The Doyles of Clooncarne and Related Families

This is the study of one side of my personal ancestry, and is being documented as part of an ongoing exercise at the end of which I hope to present to my children Kevin and Claire Coughlan a full description of their ancestry, paternal and maternal.

My intention is to incrementally add sections to this site, so that in time a complete picture of the Doyles of Clooncarne and the families related to them, either through blood lines or name sakes, or inter-marriage with in-laws, are fully documented. Overall, there are five lines of significance in this study of my maternal ancestry: Doyle, Diffley, Reynolds, Kilrane and McGarry.

The study overall concerns many people, some of whose connections to the Doyles are quite tenuous. The overall intention is that the full and final study will help to show something of the inter-relationships that exist within a small community, such as that of Bornacoola parish where the Doyles lived.

Of course one thing that anyone who has ever researched in genealogy will already know is that research is never complete. Even in terms of the Doyle family itself, much is unknown about the Doyles of America, let alone their cousins the Nicholls. If extra information does come to light, there could well be updating even to what is presented here regarding the family.

Browsing this Site

In terms of looking around this site, simply click on the menu items on the left of the screen. Most of the menu item titles are self explanatory. For most people the items of most interest are the 'biographies' of the people involved. There is no direct link to these; instead use the Surname Index to find the surname of interest or all surnames, and from there click to the person of interest. Alternatively, use the Master Index to browse alphabetically through all the names and click on the person(s) of interest. You can also use the Search option to find the person of interest.

The biographies follow a set format which should be apparent on browsing. Where a person emigrated from Ireland, this is shown, as is a line showing where a person was not born in Ireland. In addition, where a person is included because of his or her link to the Doyle or other line of interest, a special note appears. But where a person is in one of the direct lines a special icon appears after his or her name. Hovering over the icon will bring up a note showing which line, and clicking on the menu item Other and then on Icon Legend will bring up a full explanation. Finally, note that the births of children are not shown as events in the parents' biographies, but instead the children are listed at the end of the biographies.

But overall, the site is easy to browse and navigate, with numerous links throughout, so just explore.

  Note that in this online version, details such as Birth, Marriage or Death dates are only given for those people known to be dead. For those either living or not known to be deceased, only names appear. In some cases this hiding of details of living persons gives rise to the appearance of comments such as naming a bridesmaid as "an unknown person".


Data Errors

I have no doubt there are errors in the data. Some of these are typographical and will hopefully be eradicated over time. Some will be factual, especially where a transcript of an original record has been used; I can only hope that anybody browsing the site spotting any such error will let me know.

In terms of known errors, the "Line(s) Connected To" note that appears on all persons not directly descended from one of the main lines is not correct in all cases. Major work needs to be carried out to determine all of the links and so this 'marker' may change from version to version over time.