I research the Irish Family History Foundation's database. It contains 12,800,000 surviving rcds for abt 70% of Irish counties. Rcds are increasingly sparse B4 1840, rare B4 1800. Cos. Donegal and Derry were recently added to the database.
Note 1 - Without a KNOWN county, the chance of an ancestor's rcds NOT being in this database is AT LEAST 30%.
Note 2 - Only 1/2 of Co. Cork's rcds are in this database.
Note 3 - The RC church kept control over most parish rcds from Tipperary (north). These are ONLY available thru the Tipperary Family History Research center at a substantial fee (regardless of outcome).
Note 4 - The National Library of Ireland (NLI) has microfilms of parish church rcds.
For Mary Finneran B 1849-1859, Co. Roscommon, with a father forenamed John, I found 1 rcd, 1856, Ballaghadreen RC parish.
For Mic(hael) B ditto, I found 0 rcds.
For Cat(herine) B ditto, I found 1 rcd in 1850, Athleague RC parish.
For Pat(rick) B ditto, I found 0 rcds within a relevant range.
For John Finneran M 1847 +/- 1 yr, Co. Roscommon, I found 1 rcd: 1848, Strokestown RC parish.
For Ellen Hanley M ditto, I found 0 rcds.
For John Finneran B 1827 +/- 2 yrs, Co. Roscommon, with the father's forename unknown, I found 3 rcds: 1826 Croghan, 1828 Aughrim, and 1829 Croghan RC parishes.
These results are mixed. All rcds should have been located within Roscommon, and usually within 1 parish. The lack of a matching M rcd for Ellen is a killer. There is only a small chance that they are for your ancestors.
For Ellen Hanley B ditto, I found 32 rcds - too many to summarize here, but none in Roscommon.
Google the Foundation's name to lead you to this database. Register, opt to be notified as rcds are added and browse. Pls post your search results to my genforum msg.
Hope this helps. Good luck.
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