Kitson, Irish Wild Geese, Birth Records, Famine

From the Irish Roots Cafe Broadcast Network:
Genealogy and History Shownotes. week 101

Among Todays Topics:

1)  Kitson is the Irish Family Name of the Day
2)  The Irish Book of Arms is the video of the week
3)  Pynnars Survey of Ireland is the book of the month
4)  Guess Who’s named ‘Airline of the Year’
5)  Irish government sat for the first time 90 years ago !
6)  Search For: Keane, O’Shaughnessy, Sheahan, Cavanaugh & McSweeney
7)  What if there were no famine in Ireland circa 1847 ?
8)  History Note from Mick: Who were the Wild Geese ?
9)  Irish Birth, Death and Marriage index goes online !

Timeline for this weeks audio broadcast:

This Weeks Topics:       0:45
Notes from Mike:          2:04
Ask Mick, Wild Geese:  4:53
Book of the Month:     14:56
The Magnificent Seven:    17:14
Irish Name of the Day:     20:50
Website of the Week:        25:00
Curious News and Notes: 26:43

Total Time:  32:16
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Notes This Week
1)   The big news for Irish family researchers is that Birth, Marriage
and Death Records for Ireland 1845-1958 have been uploaded,
or shall we say, the indexes for th Statuatory Registration Records.
Statuatory registration for Protestants began in 1845 and for Catholics
in 1864.  Service has been a little spotty initially, but it is well worth
the look !
This is currently available at the FamilySearch pilot site at:;t=searchable;c=1408347

2)  Hi Mike
I was on your website today and found a letter from Ian Finn who
is a new member. I would like to get in touch with him as I have a
Denis Finn born circa 1767 Carlow County Ireland. My e-mail address:

3)  Who were the ‘Wild Geese’ of Ireland ?
Mick drops by to give us a report on his research.
Listen in now to our interview:
( We talk about the origin of the term Wild Geese, and
its meaning today, going all the way back to the 1580’s
and then the Flight of the Earls circa 1607 or so.
Many reports give that Irish transported to the continent
were listed as Wild Geese on the shipping manifest.
Others dreamt of the day the Irish fighting abroad would
return to Ireland one day, just like the geese who returned
home each year.  Others report the Irish in trouble with the
authorities were smuggled out of the country in containers
marked ‘wild geese’ !
The treaty of Limerick and exile of the wild geese.
The Irish who joined the San Patricios crossing over from
American to Irish forces in the Mexican American war,
known yet today and honored wth a parade in Mexico
each year. (St. Patricks Brigade).
Listen in for more details, and feel free to comment on your own !

Book of the Month:
Pynnars Survey: A Special Census of Ireland.

From my description of this book:
Records of Landowners (164 p) 0940134659 Pynnars Survey was to
provide a report on each owner of land and its status…
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+). 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.
Coming Up:
How they think they will stop the next pototoe famine in Ireland
Coming Up Later in this episode:
Ireland was the 12th what, when it was formed 90 years ago ?

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

1) New Member Ned Sweeney of Central Islip, NY
County Clare: Michael Kitson from Lisguereen and Bridget Delia
Keane from Moanmore; County Kerry from Castleisland, Morgan
McSweeney and children daughters and son, Maurice

2) Renewing member Michael O’Shaughnessy of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Searching for info on my gr-grandparents, John O’S who came to
Milform, MA in 1849 and James O’S who came to Milford, MA in 1848

3)  K. Sheahan of Minneapolis, MN.
Looking for links to my father’s side of the family: Cavanaugh and Sheahan,
especially trying to find info on Bryne Sheahan from Limerick.

4) Dayton Metro Library, of Dayton, OH.
Your 7 hardbound Irish county genealogy books have shipped.

5)  Member Shirley Baker of Cocoa, Florida
Your Birth Index of Ireland; and Kings and Queens County Ireland
genealogy books have shipped.

6) Jim Hanly of Tyrone, PA
Your Surnames of Ireland and Birth Index of Ireland have shipped.

7)  Gisele Tellier of Montreal, Quebec, National Archives
Your Irish Families Book has shipped !

Check out our online search list at:

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:
( see magnificent 7 Above)

Related Spellings of the Name
McCutcheon; Ketchen; Kitchen; Kittson

Varient Spelling Groups: #1038; 1039
(Taken from the Master Guide to the Various Spellings
of Irish Family Names)

History of the Name ( Kitchen – Mc Cutcheon )
Mac Uistin (Irish), Mac Uisdin (Scots)
The name of McCutcheon is taken from a branch of the Scottish
clan MacDonald.  In Ulster the name is mainly of Tyrone and Antrim.
The older Scottish spelling is taken from Mac Uisdin, and the Irish
from Mac Uistin.  The name may have been taken from the Scottish
Christian name of Hucheon, and is also related to the spelling of
Hutchinson. The spellings of Kitchen and Kitson are also used.

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)  The old first edition of the Irish Book of Arms shows arms
on plate #201.  (Not included in the updated version due to lack
of evidence in our possession).

The Free Master Index Search of Irish Names
at finds the Kitson family 7 times,
the Kitchen family 7 times, and Cutcheon 22 times.
including the following examples :

1) G. L. Kitson in the ‘Families of County Kerry Ireland’.
2) Kitson in the birth index of Ireland
3) Kitson in Irish Names and Surnames by Woulfe
4) A. R. Kitson in J-30.
5) Henry Hudson Kitson in J-30.
6) Kitchen in Families of County Donegal, Ireland.

Websites and Videos of the Week:

1)  Kitson Family Genealogy Forum

2) Irish Coats of Arms and Tartans – not !
Our Video Podcast for the coming week.

3) The Wild Geese Story on Wikipedia

(see more pages below)

Curious News and Notes
1)   About half off all the payphones in Ireland are being
removed, as cell phone usage rises.  This means a slow
so long to the distinctive phone booths remember so well…
over 2000 phones are being removed due to an 80% drop
in usage over the last 5 years.

2)  James Ware or Weir was her great grandfather, born in Ireland.
He lived in Portadown, Lurgan, and then in England.  She thinks he
was lost in a shipwreck off the coast of Galway in 1891.  There may be
Dublin and American connections as well. Contact her at:

3)  Declan Hayden, director of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival
says they cut back for this years festival.  They will focus on affordable
activities this year, including acrobats, ribbon dancing, and martial arts
displays.  The main carnival fir Chinese New Year was just held in Wolfe
Tone Park.

4)  Aer Lingus has been named the ‘Airline of the Year’.  24 airlines competed
and Aer Lingus also just sold 62,000 seats online, setting a record in one day.

5)  Reports give the worst cases of the potatoe blight hitting Ireland the
last few years, with a new, deadly strain detected. Spores can remain alive
in the soil for 4 years.  They are talking about genetically modified potatoes
as a result.  Just think, if they had modified potatoes during the great famine,
millions of us would still be in Ireland….instead of being forced abroad…

6)  When the first Irish government sat some 90 years ago it was only one
of 12 democracies in the entire world.

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Mike is the worlds most published author in his field, with over 40 books, 700 articles, two newsletters, a blog, 200 podcasts and 170 videos. He also publishes rare books like "The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters" and Keatings "History of Ireland". Mike also sings in the Irish (Gaeilge) Language, with 3 albums to his credit. Mike descends from the O’Loughlins of Kilfenora, County Clare, and the O’Donahues of Glenflesk, County Kerry and also bears Sullivan, Buckley, Kilmartin, Llewellyn and Kelliher roots. He has led tours to Ireland and maintains a 3,000 volume Irish library.
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