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The Fall of Irish Families
Detailed notes on the genealogy and history involved.

With Mike O’Laughlin
at the Irish Roots Cafe

The Rest of the Story
If you want the details on how the Irish culture
was finally crushed, along with the names of the
old and new landowners, this is an excellent
source for you. It was in the 17th century.
This was the time of the Flight of the Earls,
the Battle of Kinsale, Cromwell, and the Treaty of
Limerick. 90 percent of the lands changed hands
in this century.

Documentation is Here.
The Conquest of Ireland
An Historical and Genealogical Account of The
Plantation in Ulster
‘ with names of Catholics
and Protestants Affected, in 4 volumes.
The Irish, Scots Irish, and English settlers from 1609…
A one of a Kind record of the facts

A Master Resource for Historians and Genealogists.
Volume 1 – The Fall of Irish Chiefs and Clans.
(268 pages) 0-940134-42-X. This outstanding work gives us
information on individual families and conditions before
and during the settlement of Ireland in the 17th century.
Specific individuals and sources are given, of great
interest to family researchers and historians. These
specifics are lacking in other books and resources. Among
items of interest to family researchers are the lists of
jurors, the rent rolls, and the lists of those applying
to undertake the settlement (undertakers), and the lists
of soldiers. The actions taken on the land then, are still
evident today. If you would understand Ireland, you need
to understand how this all began.
This Book One includes the following sections.

Ulster Before the Fall.
The Orders to Begin the transfer of land
The Project of settling new landholders
Doubts, Delays, and problems
How The Authorities Worked
Specific Names, Results and Arrangements
(New IGF surname index).

Volume 2 Names in the Land Grants.
Itemized land grants to English, Scots, and Irish. Identity
of the specific persons, location of lands, with
historical commentary.

(107 pages) 0-940134-44-6 Footnoted. The Land Grants in
this work are taken from the Patent Rolls of the reign
of James I and from the printed Ulster Inquisitions.
The book is most importantly arranged with the following

Land Grants for the English (Undertakers), complete with names.
Land Grants for the Scottish (Undertakers), complete with names
Land Grants for the Servitors, complete with names
Land Grants to the Native Irish, complete with names

Volume 3 Londonders settlements (Lands and Families).
(101 pages) 0-940134-45-4. A rare record of events as they
happened. The infamous Londoners’ plantation and settlement
of Ireland. Irish septs misplaced lands and the misdeeds
of some of those who took the land….

This book tells the story of the Londoners coming to settle
in Ireland. The settlement included the lands of,
Loughinsholin, which had previously belonged to Tyrone, the
old county of Coleraine which had belonged to OCahane, a
small portion of the county of Donegal, including the
island on which the city of Derry stood, and a small portion
of County Antrim adjoining Coleraine. These were handed
over to twelve London companies for plantation … and united
to form the the present county of Londonderry (Derry).
Fall of Local Chieftains
The chief early Irish septs of this
area were the OCahanes (Cahan or Kane), the OMullanes
(Mullens or Mullins), the Magilliganes (Gilligan), and the
McCloskies (McClusky).(See book index for full listings).

Volume 4 A Special Census of Ireland; Pynnars Survey.
(164 p) 0940134659 Pynnars Survey was to provide a report
on each owner of land and its status in Counties Armagh,
Tyrone, Donegal, Cavan, Fermanagh……
Pynnars Survey gives us the real names of landholders, and
the location/ condition of their property in Ireland. This
includes Counties Armagh, Tyrone, Donegal, Cavan, and
Fermanagh with notes on Londonderry. It was originally
compiled as a result of the 17th century plantation of
Ireland (1609 onward). A landholders census record, it set about
to give us the results of the ‘planting’ of families from
outside Ireland onto Irish lands. Here, Pynnar gives us
the name and condition of Undertakers, servitors, and
principal natives on these Ulster lands. The footnotes
by Hill are of particular note, at times bringing updates
into the 19th century.

A sample from a small entry.
Sir Alexander Hamilton(55) the first patentee.
Jane Hamilton (56), late wife to Claude Hamilton, deceased,
hath 2,000 acres, called Carrotobber and Clonkine. Upon
this Proportion there is a strong castle, and a Bawne of
Lime and Stone thouroughly finished with her family living
there (….and in the over one half page of footnotes on this
family are given other inhabitants in 1629, namely George
Griffin, Francis Cofyn, Stephen Hunt, and Richard
Lighterfoot, all of whom had been granted deeds.)

Irish Family Name changes
As throughout this whole series, there are many notes on
family names, locations and backgrounds. Of the name of
John Whisher, Hill gives that it is ‘now’ written as
Wishart, and that Carew writes it as Wyhard, and that
he had returned to Scotland and returned and suffered
many misfortunes. We also find lists of tenants who
were not landowners in addition to the ‘census’ type
This volume is very useful, to historians and family
researchers today.

About the Author of this Blog
The most published author in his field. Mike is a one of
a kind resource. He has authored 12 hardbound books,
34 Irish genealogy county books, 40 CD’s and videos,
300 podcasts, 7 broadcast series’, and over 1,000 articles.
O’Laughlin also publishes rare works like ‘The Annals
of Ireland by the Four Masters’ and ‘The Irish Book
of Arms’ (60 works in all, since 1978).
Mike founded the ‘Irish Families’ DNA project,
and sings old style, in the Irish Language, with the
Irish Roots Cafe house band out of Kansas City.

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Here is a best of ‘blog’ that I am running today. Several folks got stirred up by the podcast interview associated with this entry. The question was, ‘do big databases actually take the heart out of genealogy, lessen the experience for many…’ (p.s. I am also testing my blog feed, for illegal characters…)

Irish Roots Cafe Podcast Notes. Your host is Mike O’Laughlin for Week 15 at the cafe. (January 30, 2007)

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Miss McClouds Reel, (‘Mrs.’ McClouds Reel by some accounts), is the tune for the day. We’ll have coffee with Emily Heinlen who gives us her own version of Murphys Law: Digitized genealogy databases hurt tourism in Ireland. Emily has produced a well thought out treatise found at ‘’ – which is a peer reviewed journal on the internet.

It makes sense that an actual research visit to Ireland can form a lifetime bond – and a computer print out will only give you a cold hard fact. The theory is that the gigantic databases released on the web by in 1998, the LDS in 1999, and to a lesser extent Ellis Island in 2000, have served to lessen the ties to Ireland, and the trips to Ireland by researchers. There are some solutions however……

Emily has the Irish lines of Matthews, Selfridge, and Mahaffy for starters.
We also note members searching for Lee, Muldoon, Brady, and Graney. The Hispanic connection is also noted in Cuba and the Barbados. For those interested some Barbados resources include
1) “Barbadoes Records, Baptism Records 1637-1800,” by Sanders, 1984.
2) “Tracing Your Ancestors in Barbados” by Geraldine Lane.
3) Barbados genealogy forums and blogs.

Cuban Resources gives us some Cuban family resources, including the book entitled:”Historia de Familias Cubanas” Vols 1-9 (Histories of Cuban Families) by Francisco Xavier de Santa Cruz y Mallen. A quick look and we see the following ‘O’ names in the index..
O’Brien O’Farrill O’Gaban O’Naghten O’Reilly

Name of the Week
Possible related Spellings, Granny, Graney, Grainey
Sources from the Master Index..
1) Families of County Kerry, Ireland.
2) Supplement to Irish Families.
3) History of County Kerry by Jeremiah King.
4) Irish Names and Surnames by Woulfe.
5) Irish Families on the California Trail by OLaughlin.

In the Irish Families on the California Trail book, one Capt. Michael Greaney is given on Brannan Street in San Francisco, Capt. Greany is also given in that work as a member of the California militia by 1878. (Brannan was a noted early settler in San Francisco after whom we think the street was named.)

There is a Graney or Granny in Ulster, but Greany is found fairly often in Kerry. You can find a Mac before the name at times, as well as an O. 36 families of the name are listed in County Kerry in the works of Jeremiah King, They are most often assumed to stem from MacGreaney, and those in the north of Ireland from O’Graney.
I also show member J. McDevitt was researching Marcus Greaney and Thomas Greaney of Carragh, Caherlistrane in Co. Galway.

Book and Media Review.
“MILES APART – As I Remember my Irish childhood…from There to here – a memoir” by Agnes B. Cagney who was born in Co. Leitrim, one of 11 children, spent her adult life in the U.S. and looks back to Ireland and a way of life that is disappearing. Retail price from the publisher is $12.95, 163 pages. (This is not a book from the IGF or the Irish Roots Cafe. We mention books here as a service to readers and authors.)

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