I have hit the proverbial "brick wall" in trying to trace my ancestry beyond my great great grandparents. All of their children including my great grandfather were born in Drogheda and were baptized at St. Peter's Church beginning in 1858 and ending in 1875. However, that's not the place where my gggrandparents were married.
The problem stems from the spelling of my great great grandmother's surname. In the US, it was "Conoughy" and in Ireland it was reported as Cummuskey, Culligan, Cunnikey, Cunningham and Cunnekey in the baptismal records. It's been suggested that the name might be Conachy or Conaghy which were names in Kilsaran and Drogheda.
My great great grandfather's name was Peter McKenna and my great great grandmother's given name was Ann but the surname has been spelled in so many ways that it's difficult to know which is the correct way if indeed there is a correct way.
Can anyone think of ways of matching a McKenna with any of the surnames above, especially Conaghy, Conachy and Conoughy ? The marriage would have been performed in the Roman Catholic Church and may have occurred in 1857 or 1858. Any advice at this point would be more than welcome.
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