Hello! I tried that site tonight too - thought I'd finally have an
Evans/McDade marriage I've been after for years - I found their banns in
Letterkenny in 1857, but I wanted their actual marriage.
The site turned up a 'Church Marriage Record' and after dutifully paying
the 5 euros I was presented with the very same banns I had found myself!
Its not their marriage - its a record of their banns being read in
church, but without the extra detail of what they paid the church for it
to be read.
I thought maybe that was a one-off, so I did the free search for other
couples who had their banns read in Letterkenny around the same time -
same result - they're all being presented as Church Marriages, but with
the info stripped which would identify them as banns.
It cost less than 5 euros to hire the LDS film with ALL the banns which
took place in Letterkenny between 1853 and 1880.
Anyway, that would mean there are hundreds of banns in their database
being presented as marriages.....................
Back to the drawing board for me!
All the best,
PS this is just my personal experience of my very first search of their
database - I didn't look at any of their baptisms, births, deaths or
Liam Martin wrote:
The Online Irish Genealogy Databases for Co. Donegal is now available at the
and contains BMD records together with Griffiths, Census records and
I tested the birth (baptism) records with a request for details of my
grandfather William Martin b 1857, St Johnston (St Baithin's Church) and the
correct information showed up - Father James, Mothe Eliza and sponsor Mary
It list is free but the details are Euro 5 per record - but then whoever
thought genealogy was an inexpensive hobby!
"A bird in the bush is worth two in the cat"