The names Donohue, Donaghoe, Donaho, Donahoo, Donahoe, Donough, Donahue, Donahow, Doneghoe, Donehue, Donighue, Donohoe, Donahugh, Donohough, Donohow, Donohue, Donaughue, O'Donoghue, Donahu, Donehew, etc. all stem from the Irish surname Donoghue, or even further back, from the Irish Gaelic surname of Donnchadh (son of Donagh). It is a fine, historic family name of Ireland, claiming descendancy through Otioll Olum, King of Munster, to Heber, son of King Milesius.
The spelling of the surname is a matter of family choice and scrivner's error, and often the surname was spelled differently from generation to generation, census to census, or even document to document within the lifetime of an individual.
Yet, we are hampered in attempting to compile a genealogy on the family by the distribution of the family forums over the various spellings. It is necessary to post in more than one of the various forums in order to search the most basic of information. And newcomers to genealogy research, who may not realize their family no more than 2 generations back used various spellings, are doubly handicapped. There has got to be a simpler way.
I suggest we petition GenForum to give us a single forum where the various spellings may be combined under a single family name, to make our search easier.
So say I.
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