Irish Biden, Palin. Howard, Wicklow, Baby Names

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Among Todays Topics:

1)  Next U.S. VP will have Irish roots too !
2)  Searching for Dunne, Fottrell, and Walsh
3)  Giant Mushroom in Sligo
4)  County Wicklow Genealogy Book of the Month
5)  Howard is the family name of the week.
6)  Web page: Wicklow Family History Centre
7)  Most Popular Irish Baby Names Today

Timeline for next weeks audio broadcast: ( to come )
Todays Topics/ notes: 1:45
Book of the Month: 5:45
Magnificent 7 Member Search: 7:10
Irish Family Name of the Week: 9:45
Website of the Day: 14:45
Curious New & Notes: 16:45
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Notes This Week
“This website contains an index of Irish born merchant seamen contained
in the CR10 series of index cards in the Southampton Civic Archives. The
CR10 Archive holds 270,000 cards covering the multinational workforce of
the British Merchant Marine during the period from late 1918 to the end of
1921. All ranks and jobs at sea are covered from master to scullion. A unique
feature of the CR 10 cards is that they usually contain a good photograph
of the seaman.”

2) I must add vp candidate Joe Biden to the Irish Heritage list.  He had a
great grandmother by the name of Finnegan from County Mayo.  The Biden
name seems to be of Huguenot origins found in Liverpool in 1668.

3) And of course!  Sara Palin has Irish roots.  Palins family on her
mothers side, the Sheeran family, came to the U.S. in the 1840’s
in the person of Michael Sheeran.  There is also a Burke family connection.

4) Got a note from Ken Haughton, who may be able to help with Wicklow
roots.  His web page is:   Wicklow Roots – Home Page
“Trace your County Wicklow roots. Research places of local historical interest.
Link to information on interesting historical Wicklow personalities. …”:
Book of the Month
Counties Kildare, Wicklow and Carlow, Ireland, genealogy & family history notes.

County Wicklow Families on the 4 Masters Map
What families were in the county in earlier days ? This
might provide a clue to the locations of your family today.
Here are some of the families given on the Map in the History
of Ireland by the 4 Masters: (Connellan translation. 2003, I.G.F.)
E. = Earl, L.=Lord, C. = chieftain:

Butler, B.
FitzEustace, V.
Fitzgerald, L.
Fitzwilliam, L.
O’    Byrne, L.
Mac    Murrough, P.
O’    Cullen, C.
O’    Dowling, C.
O’    Doyle, C.
O’    Gahan, L.
O’    Horan
O’    Kelly, C.
O’    Teige (Tighe)
O’    Toole, P.

-end of extract from The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters-_________________________________________________________
Coming Up Later in this episode
The most popular name for baby boys, and girls today !
Time to raise our eyes skywards, and ask for help !
Here are todays “Magnificent Seven” :

1) New Member Joanna Howard of Darnestown, MD
Howard Fitzsimons Dunne Fottrell of Baldoyle, Ireland

2) New Member Cheryl Hoxie of Exeter, NH
Grandfather, James Joseph Walsh, b. 08 Sep 1882, Co.Kilkenny
(possibly Skibbereen).Parents:Patrick & Honora(Fogarty)Walsh.
He had at least 2 siblings:Richard & Bridget. James came to
Somerville,Boston area, MA, US 1908 on the ship Ship Saxonia.
He lived with his cousin, John Ryan in Somerville,MA when he first
arrived in the US. My Grandmother, Annastacia Fennelly, b. 1898
Co. Kilkenny.Parents:Joseph & Elizabeth(Doyle)Fennelly. She
arrived in Boston port, MA in 1915. She & James married in 25 Nov
1917 in Somerville,MA. They had 2 children: Patrick Joseph
b.1918;my mother – Mary Catherine b.1919.
I would greatly appreciate hearing from anyone who may have
additional information on these families. Thank you!

3) Mrs. Greet of Bershire, in the U.K.,
your County Meath Ireland genealogy book has shipped.

4) Ian Carswell of New South Wales, Australia
your history of the Families of the Clanna Rory in Ireland has shipped.

5) Christopher Curley of Meath, Ireland, your birth index has shipped.

6) Arthur Harvey of Owen Sound, Canada
Your Irish Chiefs and Leaders book has shipped

7) Mary Connaughton of Newton, Mass.
Your County Roscommon genealogy book has shipped.

Thanks to all of our members – without you these
podcasts would not be possible –  !

Irish Family Name of the Day:

Todays family history in honor of member:
Joanna Howard of Darnestown, MD
Searching for info on : see member search list above.

Related Spellings for the Name
O’Hure, O’Hawrde, Hogart.
(Taken from the Master Guide to the Various Spellings
of Irish Family Names
. variant spelling group #922. )

History of the Name
Milesian families finds the name in Cork, Kerry and Limerick,
arriving in 1172 from England.  The census of 1659 shows the
name in Tipperary, Cork and Dublin.  In more modern times the
name remains in Dublin and Cork, as evidenced by the 1890 birth
index. mIn addition to the English origins, the old Irish family name of
O hIomhair, in Co. Clare has also been changed into Howard. (O’Hure).
In Clare they are found along with the O’Deas, and were located near
Mt. Callan, and were a family of note in the early 14th century.
According to Woulfe, the names of Hogart and Howard are synonyms;
also found in Keatings History of Ireland.  In Keatings History the
Howards are cited as a chief English family of Wicklow.

copyright 2008, IGF, based in part upon
The Book of Irish Families, great and small

Irish Family Coats of Arms
Here is some of the information given in the Irish Book of Arms
connected to this family name:

1) Alice Howard, Countess of Wicklow (1793). with motto.
2) Robert Howard, viscount Wicklow, d. 1740, a lion on the crest

The Free Master Index Search of Irish Names
at finds the family 50 times
including the following examples :

1) ‘Howard House’ found in Pynnars Survey of Ireland.
2) C. Howard, found in Fall of Irish Chiefs and Clans
3)  M. and R. Howard found in Irish Familes on the California Trail
4)  Several listings for the name in Co. Kildare, Wicklow & Carlow genealogy
5)  Cath. Howard in Co. Fermanagh and Louth genealogy book.
6)  G. Howard in Co. Tipperary Genealogy & Family History notes.
7)  H. Howard in Co. Galway Genealogy and family history notes.


Websites of the Week:
1) Wicklow Family History Centre

Catherine Wright, Manager
Wicklow Family History Centre,
Wicklow’s Historic Gaol, Kilmantin Hill,
Wicklow Town, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

The above is a site for :
“ The Wicklow Family History Centre is a genealogy research service
established in 1987 by Wicklow County Council & FÁS. Since its
foundation, our staff has computerised County Wicklow’s Roman
Catholic and Church of Ireland parish registers. Church records of
Methodist, and Presbyterian circuits within the county have also
been computerised. Our church records for the County of Wicklow
date from the seventeenth century and stop at 1900. “

2) Video Interview wth Feargal O’Donnell of the Irish Family History Foundation:

Curious News and Notes
1)  It seems that King Abdullah II of Jordon just took a motorcycle
tour of Ireland, on a Harley Davidson.  Hotel manager Karl
O’Shaughnessy in New Ross welcomed the entourage for lunch before
they set off for Tramore, Co. Waterford and then to Cork.
No telling who you might meet on Irish roads these days.

2) Despite being a spare year for mushrooms in Ireland, Patrick
Waters of Scarden in Sligo, set off on the hunt anyway.  He found
a 4 pounder which measured some 34 inches across growing next
to a manure heap.  Mr. Waters declined the honor of eating the
large delicacy however, thinking it might be a bit risky..

3) Laura Doyle has been crowned miss “Oyster Pearl” for 2008
at the International Oyster festival in Galway, which runs from
Sept. 25 – 28.

4) Irishman Liam Neeson born in Ballymena, has been picked to
play Abraham Lincoln in an upcoming Speilberg film.

5) The Wiiners of the most popular Irish baby names currently:
Jack for boys and Sarah for girls.

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