Killian Family, Irish Whiskey, Paul McCartney roots, Tralee Rose

Irish Genealogy and History Show. episode 122
From the Irish Roots Cafe at
Advance shownotes for August 3

Among Todays Topics:

1)  Killian is the Irish Family Name of the Day
2)  The Ireland Whiskey Trail
3)  Library of Congress and National Archives online
4)  Paul McCartneys Irish Roots
5)  Welsh and Irish Language help
6)  Who was the original ‘Rose of Tralee’ ?
7)  Steamboat Irish : audio book

Timeline for this weeks audio broadcast:

This Weeks Topics:            1:15
Notes from Mike:               1:55
Book of the Month:            3:53
The Magnificent Seven:      8:05
Irish Name of the Day:       9:59
Websites of the Week:      14:04
Curious News and Notes: 16:25

Time: 22:50
Notes This Week:

1) I have a note here from the Rose of Tralee festival, and you should
really know the story of the real Rose of Tralee, who was none other
than Mary O’Connor.  The festival runs from the 21st to the 26th of
August.  Find out the whole story at:

2)   The Library of Congress is now on iTunes U.  So much they
are starting to make available in this easy format.  Remember
iTunes is free, you can download it at

3)  The National Archives now has its own YouTube Channel,
and this includes some old clips of Irish interest as well:

4) has asked me to start an Irish Roots Cafe blog
on their master site !  So we are well underway. Here is my page there:

Book of the Month:

1) Audio Book Excerpt 3  ‘Missouri Irish’ or ‘Irish Settlers
on the American Frontier’. By Michael C. O’Laughlin. 1984. 2008.
Listen to this weeks podcast for excerpt read by Molly Nickle (2)

Steamboat Irish
We have seen how the Irishman Joseph Murphy made the wagons
for hundreds of thousands who came to the American West. The
role of the Irish in the newspaper and publication business has
also been established in this book.  Now, let’s take a look at
another preferred form of transportation in the early days,
travel on the rivers, via steamboat.

(Listen to todays podcast to hear our audio excerpt)

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is a computerized reader, that simply reads this blog, turning
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Coming Up:
The Irish Roots of Paul McCartney

Time to raise our eyes skywards, give thanks, and  ask for help !
Here are todays “Magnificent Seven” :
1)  Welcome new member Michael Noble, Ellicott City  MD
Researching Robert Noble (b. 1783) family from Corhanagh,
Killashandra Parish, County Cavan.  Sons Robert and Alexander
came to US @1845 and settled in Shelby County, Missouri, @1856.

2)  John S. Nixdorff, Baltimore, MD., Co. Down genealogy shipped.

3) Welcome new member Hugh W. Watson, of Tacoma, Washington.
Warburton Family name (Grandmother’s).  Traced back to Richard Warburton
of Garryhinch in the King’s County, Ireland

4) Steve Andrisevic your beginners guide to Irish Research shipped.

5)  Julian Jackson of Co. Cork, Ireland, Your County Armagh
Genealogy and Family History Notes has Shipped.

6)  Becky Fisher of Granby, Ohio, your ‘Missouri Irish’ shipped.

7)  Deborah Gaestel of Howell, NJ, your Book of Irish Families,
great and small, 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:  Quentin C. Smith,
Seeking pedigree of Maurice Killian who m. Bridget Flood,
daughter of Christopher Flood. They all came to U.S. in Dec.

Related Spellings of the Name
Killen, Gillen, Killeen, Mc Cullen, Mc Callion, Killion

Varient Spelling Groups:  1017, 2465, 1211, 1407
(Taken from the Master Guide to the Various Spellings
of Irish Family Names)

History of the Name
The surname of Killian is traditionally found in Counties
Roscommon and Westmeath in Ireland.  The family has
remained centered in these areas into modern times.  The
1890 birth index finds 13 births of the name, all given to
Roscommon and Westmeath, under the spelling of Killian.

copyright 2007, IGF, based in part upon
The Book of Irish Families, great and small

Coming Up Later in this episode:
What sort of things are worn out tourists leaving at the airport ?

The Free Master Index Search of Irish Names
at finds the family name 15 times
including the following examples :

1)   The Families of County Clare, Ireland
2)   The Families of County Kerry, Ireland
3)   The Families of County Galway, Ireland
4)   Missouri Irish, the original history of the Irish in Missouri
5)   County Roscommon genealogy and family history notes
6)   Co. Meath and Westmeath, genealogy and family history…
7)   The Birth Index of Ireland

Websites of the Week:

1)  19th Century Immigrant Roots
Records for Wilmington, Delaware, USA and Vicinity
Irish Records for Counties Galway, Mayo and Donegal

2)  The Ireland Whiskey Trail for your next trip.
A Unique Trail through the magic of whiskey and distilling in Ireland

3)  Irish Word For the Day

4)  The Quiet Man.  The Original Trailer from 1952.
Barry Fitzgerald, John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Victor McLaughlin
Anyone ready for a trip to Ireland ?

Curious News and Notes

1)  Left behind at Dublin Airport. Let’s see, you’re tired and
on your way back to the U.S., can’t quite carry that tombstone
a step farther ?  Forget to pickup that bag of cash when boarding ?
Can’t afford to pay the extra fee for that satellite dish when
boarding the plane….. well, just leave it at the airport and be
done with it….. and that includes a lot of wheelchairs and crutches,
perhaps they visited knock first ?
That’s just what folks do !  Read all about it here:–wheelchairs-crutches-urns—a-headstone-1819250.html

2)  Did you know that Paul McCartney of Beatles and Wings fame
was born June 18, 1942 in Liverpool, England to parents of Irish
heritage ? His mother was Patricia Mahon McCartney whose father
was an Irish born Catholic.  His fathers great grandfather was also
a native of Ireland and was Protestant.  That side of the family went
from Ireland on to Galloway in Scotland, before settling in Liverpool.
Read more about Paul McCartney here:

3)  Here is something for all of you with Welsh heritage, check out  Just read an article about learning the Welsh language there….( one of our web sites of the week)

4)  Speaking of Language, now here is a site where you learn one Irish
word a day.  You can click on a button to hear the word pronounced as
often as you like.  Just my speed !

5)   Jim Gavin promotes the ‘British Lawn Mower Racing
Association’ of which he is president. Jim is a native of Sunday’s
Well in County Cork. It now has 400 members.
This might be just the thing for your neighborhood ?

6)   Paul Gill, Claregalway Innkeeper, has added some extras
to get people to come and stay at his place ! With tourism down
30% he has given free trips to the Aran Islands, Free Petrol, and
cruises to the Corrib, to keep tourists coming.  He is also expecting
a baby – or should we say his wife is expecting ?  Stop by if you are
in that area of Galway….. hmm… would he pay my way to Galway
I wonder…..

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