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 And(rew) Mackey B 1822 +/- 4 yrs, Co. Kilkenny, with the father's forename unknown, I found 0 rcds.
For Johanna Newman B 1831 +/- 4 yrs, somewhere in Ireland, ditto, I found ditto.
For And(rew) Mackey M 1866 +/- 1 yr, somewhere in Ireland, I found 2 rcds: 1866 Antrim, and 1867 Kilkenny.
For Johanna Newman M ditto, I found NO rcds matching those for Andrew.
For Thomas Mackey B 1867 +/- 1 yr, somewhere in Ireland, with a father named Andrew, I found 0 rcds.
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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