Strahan, Birth Index, Black Santa, Baby Names, Tyrone

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Irish Families Worldwide History and Genealogy. week 95

Among Todays Topics:

1)  Strahan is the name of the week.
2)  Searching for: Agnew, MacDonald, Kelleher, Geary
3)  The Birth Index of Ireland is the Book of the month
4)  County Tyrone is the County of the Day
5)  Top Baby Names in Northern Ireland
6)  Black Santa Sitout begins
7)  Snowtopia in County Dublin

Timeline for this weeks audio broadcast:

This Weeks Topics:  1:05
Notes from Mike:     3:00
Book of the Month:  4:45  County of the Month: 7:17
The Magnificent Seven: 10:09
Irish Name of the Day:  12:36
Website of the Week:     16:44
Curious News and Notes:  18:19
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Book of the Month
The Birth Index of Ireland

Here is a sample extract from this book:
A Special Record of Irish Family Names
Showing the Locations of Surnames in Ireland by county.
These Locations are generally considered
accurate for the years 1800 – 1900.
With Notes as to Numerical Strength and  Distribution;
Based on Information extracted From the Indexes of the
General Register Office. By Sir Robert E.  Matheson,
LL.D.,Barrister At Law Registrar-General for Ireland

Coming Up:
The Top Baby Names in Northern Ireland !

County of the Month: County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Book: County Tyrone Genealogy and Family History Notes

The 19th century birth index from this book finds the following
families most numerous in County Tyrone. (Possible variant
spellings after each name have been added) :

-end of Irish Family History extract-

County Tyrone 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, P. = Prince :

Mac    Breen
Mac    Caghwell, L.
Mac    Conmel
Mac    Connell
Mac    Coskley
Mac    Court
Mac    Crossan
Mac    Golrick
Mac    Intyre, C.
Mac    Taggart
O’    Connelan, C.
O’    Connell, C.
O’    Cooney
Mac    Owen
Mac    Rory, C.
Mac    Shane, C.
O’    Corran
O’    Criochan, C.
O’    Crossan
O’    Donlevy
O’    Donnegan, C.
O’    Donnelly, C.
O’    Duvany, C.
O’    Etigan, C.
O’    Hagan, C.
O’    Hamill, C.
O’    Hosey
O’    Kelly, C.
O’    Laverty, L.
O’    Loan
O’    Lunney, C.
O’    Mellan, C.
O’    Neill, P & E
O’    Neney, C.
O’    Quinn, C.
O’    Rafferty
O’    Teigue
O’    Tomalty

-end of extract from * The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters-
Coming Up Later in this episode:
Snowtopia –  It’s only a 100 million Euro project..
whose getting snowed for this one….. ?

Time to raise our eyes skywards, give thanks, and  ask for help !
Here are todays “Magnificent Seven” :

1) New Member Sharon Wilson of Goleta, CA., searching for:
Kelleher and Geary in Clondrohid parish, Cork County. Dann and
Wellwood in Roscrea, Tipperary County.

2)  New Member Judy Peitsmeyer of Grande Ronde, OR. searching for:
Strahan family, County Antrim, Ballymena.

3)  New Member Agnew-Marcelli, of Kennett, PA, searching for:
John Agnew, tailor, b. ca. 1819 and sister Eliza Jane Agnew Gettys
(w/o James) born ca 1817 Co. Antrim, emig. to Essex and Clinton
Counties, NY, via Canada ca 1840=42.

4) New Member Marion Liles of Dawsonville, GA., searching for:
MacDonalds of Kildorrey, Cork, Ireland and any lead on the surname Liles.

5)  Alan Guerin of Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland.
Your Irish Families Book has shipped !

6) Gisele Tellier, of Biblio & Archives, Montreal, Canada.
Your Irish Families has shipped !

7)  Lucas Stalets of Bloomington, IL.  Your ‘Book of Irish Families’ shipped.

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Irish Family Name of the Day:

Todays family history in honor of member:
Judy Peitsmeyer

Searching for info on:  see Magnificent Seven above

Related Spellings of the Name:
Straghan, Strachan, Strain

Varient Spelling Groups: #1930
(Taken from the Master Guide to the Various Spellings
of Irish Family Names)

History of the Name
Given to be a family of the province of Ulster in Ireland, the
spelling of Strain is found centered in Co. Down in the 19th
century, and Strahan was a spelling of both Ulster and Leinster
at that time.  Only 9 births were recorded under the latter spelling.

copyright 2007, 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

1)  None found.

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

1)  Birth Index of Ireland  (Strahan)
2)  Book of Irish Families, great & small
3)  Irish Names and Surnames by Rev. Patrick Woulfe
4)  County Down,Ireland, genealogy and family history notes
5)  Straughan, John in (J-26)

Websites of the Week:

1)  Strahan Family Genealogy Forum

2) Strahan Genealogy Queries at

3)  County Tyrone Genealogy
Databases listed as on these pages:

Church Records
Griffiths Valuation
Hearth Money
Householders Index
Newspaper Reports
Parish Information
Place Finder
Surname specific
Tithe Applotment
Trade Directories

4) Irish Baby Names: the Hottest New Trend

“The latest American given names trend is Irish!  Irish names
are the latest rage, taking the top spots on national popularity
charts and rising up out of the sea of given name choices. “

Curious News and Notes
1)   “Snowtopia” is the name of a planned ski resort and
extreme sports centre in Tyrellstown, County Dublin. The
100 million Euros to build it have already been raised
according to spokesmen, who said the recession would be
good for business……who’s snowin who ?…..

2)  More Irish stories, characters, and Irish culture will appear
in the movies in hte coming year.  Folks like Colin Farrell,
Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson are a few of those who came back
to Ireland to film this year.  Watch for all 3 in 2009.  The Golden
Age of Irish Cinema !  How about: The Terminator in Ireland.

3)  Governor Schwarzenegger met with President McAleese after
5 or 6 cancelled meetings.  They finally got together at the
Beverly Hills Hotel, and the Terminator accepted the invitation
to come visit Ireland before his term ends next year….I wonder
will he be on the run ?  Perhaps a new movie…….

4)  Well, well, wasn’t it nice of the politicians of the EU to allow
Ireland and Britain to continue to use the ‘pint’ as the size of
a drink.  All part of the planned standardization of measures
in the new Europe….. Someday – EU says no more pints ?

5)  The top baby names in Northern Ireland this year:
Katie for girls, and Jack for boys.  Some say Jack comes from
the television character Jack Bauer on the 24 series.

6)  ‘Black Santa’ returns to St. Anne’s Cathedral as Dean
McKelvey joins his eighth Sitout, since the tradition was
started in 1976, which apparently has to do with raising funds
for several worthy causes….. I do not know where the term comes
from however !   Read more in the Belfast Telegraph:

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