Archive for the “Irish Families” Category

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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Updates for Oct. 31, 2013

News and Updates
First, our Irish house band live online show.
Let’s see, we went live online on Sunday
and the video song show went well. A few
computers out there were too old to handle
the video, and a Dublin time change threw
things off for some.

Time Zones
Never realized how important it is to be
aware of EDT and EST…etc. Daylight Savings
Time and Standard Time differences. When you
are broadcasting world-wide, it requires some

Live Worldwide
We used, and got live
comments on the screen from Chris in Australia,
Tony in Dublin, Ireland, and several states
in the U.S.. We figured out how to fit 3 people
on my computer screen (myself, Stevie, and Rob).

The Songs
All of my songs on this first show were in Irish,
including, Si do mhaimeo i, Oro Se, Cunnla, and
a few more. Stevie did her ‘Bean Phaidin’ in Irish
and backed me up on a few. Rob, came in with
guitar on a few as well. Hope you can tune in
for the next show… Send in your requests.

Irish Genealogy Books
I’ve just reprinted “County Mayo, Genealogy
and Family History notes
” with the full
color county map on the front cover. So, that
book is back in print in color.

Going out of print
I only have 10 copies or less of these two hardbound books
Families of County Cork, Ireland
Families of County Kerry, Ireland

Fortunately the two books below on Cork and Kerry are in stock
County Cork, Ireland, genealogy and family history notes
County Kerry, Ireland, genealogy and family history notes

My DNA Test
I am expecting the return of my DNA test to come
back this week. It will be interesting. I have joined
our own ‘Irish Families’ project group, which may
have matches in it already for my O’Laughlin and
Donahue lines. Will keep you posted as I go along here

About the Author
Mike O’Laughlin is a one of a kind resource. He has authored 12 hardbound books, 34 Irish County research guides, 40 CD’s/videos, 300 podcasts, 7 broadcast series’, and hundreds of articles. O’Laughlin also publishes rare works like ‘The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters’, and ‘Missouri Irish’ (60 works in all, since 1978). His personal library of 3,000 history and genealogy books is consulted daily.

Mike descends from O’Loughlin of Kilfenora, County Clare, and O’Donahue of Glenflesk, County Kerry, with Sullivan, Buckley, Kilmartin, Llewellyn and Kelliher roots. His Irish tours and import catalogue began in the 80s as a result of his family history research. Visit him online at
You may also write to: Mike O’Laughlin, Box 7575, Kansas City, MO 64116

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