Mahon, Irish Family Tree Charts, Canada, Australia, Ali in Clare

Irish Genealogy and History Shownotes. episode 124
From the Irish Roots Cafe at

Among Todays Topics:

1)  Mahon is the Irish Family Name of the Day
2)  Man Wolves of Ossory by Joyce
3)  Australian Family History Directory
4)  Federal U.S. Census Search
5)  Irish Home Run Champ before Ruth
6)  Irish Arrivals in Atlantic Canada (Book)
7)  Ali’s Irish Ancestor & Montana Irish links
and Your Irish Family Tree Chart in 5 minutes!


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Timeline for this weeks audio broadcast:

This Weeks Topics:             1:43
Notes from Mike:                2:44
Book of the Month:             6:23
Your Family Tree Chart       7:47
The Magnificent Seven:     16:17
Irish Name of the Day:      18:12
Websites of the Week:       24:02
Curious News and Notes:  25:25

Total Time: 29:47

Notes This Week:

1) Catching up on a very busy year here.  Nice to stay home
for a bit.  Charlotte, N.C. – Maybe next year for your fest !
Butte, Montana, good to hear more about your fest too…
You know, we might add another festival or event to our
calender next year, so get ahold of me early so we can put
in on the calendar. We’ve been consulting and giving talks
for 11 years at the Dublin festival, and well, for good gosh,
over 30 years in all !  We also have a display of genealogy
works for all the counties in Ireland, and some classic
Irish histories.

2)  October 16 Quiet Man Irish trip still available with Peter
Adams.  Should be an interesting time to say the least.
The Facebook page for the Quiet Man trip is at:
I also have an Irish Roots Cafe fan page on Facebook.

3) Our enhanced version of the Irish Roots Cafe Genealogy
and history podcast has been OK with the audio but something
has cut out some of the pictures and links….. anyone know
how to post it correctly on iTunes ?
For that matter, I can’t get the album art up for a couple
of our podcast feeds, so if you know how – please pass the
word along !

4) I have the mp3 recording from the session at the Dublin
academy with Niamh Parsons, if any of my fellow students
would like…

5)  Here is the page for my Irish Roots Cafe Blog on

Books of the Month:

County Clare, Ireland, genealogy and family history notes

Families of County Clare, Ireland  (hardbound name histories)


Beginning Your Irish Family History Search
Part 2 of a 10 part series

Make Your Family Tree Chart
in 5 minutes or less

Queen Mum in Brian Borus Family Tree
The King and Queen of England had family tree charts
showing descent from the family of Brian Boru, High-King
of Ireland 1002-1014.  King George the VI tied his line to
Dearbforgail, grandaughter of Boru; and the Queen Mother
claimed family ties to Brians son Teige. They may have
been a bit creative in some of the research, however…..

Your 5 minute family tree chart
Today we will note how and why you need to start a family
tree chart for your family. Although you may indeed be
related to the High Kings of Ireland in antiquity, you may
find more satisfaction in that rebel who procured the
landlords daughter and escaped to America or Australia.

Then What ?
Putting your family tree down on paper is important and
it is your first official task.  The ‘big’ picture will help
everyone understand family relationships.  Make copies
of your family tree – no matter how simple and send it to
others who may be able to add or correct information. It
may result in unexpected help.

Too many Mikes and Bridgets ?
As you progress and start to fill in your family tree chart,
you will be surprised at how much this little chart will
help you keep on track while researching.  I had to deal
with two ‘Mikes’ who married two ‘Bridgets’ !

No Computer Required
You don’t need a computer. Just a pen or pencil and a
sheet of paper to start.  You can get complicated later
if you want.  There are also free pre-printed family tree
charts on line, where you just fill in the names and dates.
Here is one place to download a free chart:

Free Print out of simple family tree chart

My First Time
When I first drew my family tree chart I drew it by hand and used a
square to show men and circles to show women.  Just start with your
Mother and Father on the same level, with a line between them.
Descending from the line between them will be you and your siblings.
Above your parents will be your grandparents, and so on…
(see links with examples of various family tree charts)

Pedigree Chart #2 and description:

Complicated family tree chart showing  1st, 2nd, 3rd cousins:

Just do it
You get the idea.  The important thing is to start it now.  Keep it simple.
You can get fancy and use some great computer programs complete
with spots for photos and additional information when ever you want.
Just remember, the Queen of England traced herself back to the O’Briens
before the age of computers – and we are confident that you can too…

In Simple English:
Draw out your family tree chart best you can, make copies, send it to all family
members and interested persons. Keep it, and add info as you go along.

Next step:
Look for dates of birth, death, marriage and obituary notices.
(birth certificates, church records, newspapers, etc..) Then
put those on the chart, along with other ancestors you may uncover.
Now that step may take more than 5 minutes…..


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it into audio.  Our podcast is completely different !  I am the
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Coming Up:
Man-Wolves of Ossory in Ireland

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

1)  Wm. G. Potter of Lansing, MI your County Meath Genealogy
has shipped.

2)  Glenn Warren of Maple Ridge, BC, Canada
your Irish Knights has shipped.

3) Thomas Bergin of Silver Spring, MD
Your Kings and Queens Genealogy notes and Beginners Guide
to Irish Family Research has shipped.

4)  Ryan Mulvey of San Diego, your Cavan book and your
‘Book of Irish Familes, great & small has shipped !

5)  Mrs. Jensen of Ipswich, Suffolk, in the U.K. your
Genealogical History of the Milesian Families of Ireland has shipped.

6)  Martin M. Murray of Falkirk, United Kingdom, welcome as a
new member, searching ggparents families who originated in Co.
Down around Newcastle.. Dundrum and Kilcoo, Murray, Smyth,
King, Burns

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:  Hannah=Leah Mahon
Great grandfather William Henry Mahon, and gr gr
grandfather Benjamin F. Mahon.

Related Spellings of the Name
Mahon, Maghan, Mann, Maughan, Mahone, MacMahon

Varient Spelling Groups:  1168, 1169, 1426, 1534, 2515…
(Taken from the Master Guide to the Various Spellings
of Irish Family Names)

History of the Name  (Mac) Mahon
Two great families of the MacMahon name are found in
Ireland.  The first are the MacMahons of Thomand  (Clare).
The second are the MacMahons of the old territory of Oriel
in the 13th century.
Keatings History gives “Mac Mathghamha, or MacMahon”,
as succeeding to the chieftainship of Corca Baskin,where
they were Lords.  They ruled the baronies of Moyarta and
Clonderlaw in Clare, down to the reign of Elizabeth.  They
were a branch of the O’Briens, descended from Brian Boru,
and not related to the MacMahons of Ulster and Co. Monaghan.
When the ‘Mac’ prefix is dropped the name of “Mahon”
appears.  Mahon can represent another family entirely.
In 1659 the name was fairly widespread, being a principal
name of Fermanagh, Clare and in Limerick, Louth and Leitrim.
“Mahon” was a principal name of Clare and found in Dublin
The 1890 birth index shows “Mahon” in Dublin and Galway,
with McMahon in Clare, Monaghan, Limerick and Dublin.
The name itself is said to come from the Irish word for ‘bear’.

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)  Three illustrated Mahon arms are given in the Irish Book
of Arms, including those of Strokestown and Galway.  The older
shows a Lion on the shield. One of the newer ones shows the
Ostrich.  Mahon-Packenham arms are also illustrated.

Coming Up Later in this episode:
How many Irish 9 year olds have cell phones ?

The Free Master Index Search of Irish Names
at finds the family name 198 times
including the following examples (Try yours too) :

1) T. Mahon given in ‘Irish Families on the California Trail’
2) O and Mac Mahon in Annals of Ireland by the 4 Masters
3) M. Mahon in Co. Clare genealogy and family history notes
4) D. and M. Mahon in Co. Limerick genealogy and family history n.
5) N. Mahon in Co. Roscommon genealogy and family history notes
6)  Mahon of Killenurra in Families of Co. Limerick, Ireland
7)  Patrick Mahon (J 26)

Websites of the Week:

1)  Mahon Databases, Passenger Lists, etc…

2)  The Man-Wolves of Ossory in Ireland
From The Wonders of Ireland by P. W. Joyce, 1911
hat tip to liffeyrivers on twitter.

3)  Free U.S. Federal Census Records Search

4) The Australian Family History Directory

Curious News and Notes

1) Roger Connor was home run champ before Babe Ruth (Baseball)

2) Half of Irish 9 year olds have cell phones and TVs

3)  Old Irish Harp Salvaged from trash heap by Julie Finch:

4) Halifax Public Library recommends Terrence M. Punch’s
“Erin’s Sons: Irish Arrivals in Atlantic Canada 1761-1853” (2 vols)

5)  Blog entry about L D S:

6)  Muhammad Ali descends from Grady of County Clare, makes visit.

7) Don’t forget the Montana Irish Festival Next Year !
Uptown Butte
August 7, 8, 9 are the dates it was held this year.  Kids under 12 Free !
Also note that they held an Irish language immersion weekend in Butte,
Montana last February.
Email the Montana Gaelic Cultural Society at:

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