Thanks for responding. I haven't had any luck discovering more about my g'grandmother. The Roscommon and Mayo Heritage centers were not able to come up with any church records for either her or her husband, Bryan Connor. Their families both left Ireland for England (where Bryan and Mary married) in the 1840s and so there are no civil records in Ireland.
I am currently checking with a professional genealogist who specializes in Irish genealogy. Waiting to hear from him to see if there could possibly be other means of research. I hate to give up entirely. After all the work I've done on my Irish folks, I've decided that in that time and under their circumstances (poor), there was no effort to keep family records even by word of mouth. They were just trying to survive.
I've pieced together a lot about the Connors from English records, but have little to go on with Mary Morrisroe.
A big problem is the naming patterns. There are lots of James and Marys. Also in England the name became Morris, instead of Morrisroe. Unless a family kept very good records and could say they had a record of a Mary Morrisroe who went to England in the 1840s, I doubt anyone knows of her. I'm sure there is a relationship to those still in Ireland, but she left too long ago to be in anyone's memory.
Thanks anyway for your offer of help,
Regards, Kathleen Connor Blumenschine
PS Do you think the people who stayed in Ireland kept track, at least for a while, of those who left?
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