Irish Genealogy and news Shownotes. episode 128
From the Irish Roots Cafe at www.Irishroots.com
Among Todays Topics:
1) Henaghan is the Irish Family Name of the Day
2) The Rise of Brian Boru – High King
3) The top free and paid attractions in Ireland
4) The Irish and the Jews in concert in U.S.
5) Irish Superstitions
6) Coca-Cola out sells milk
7) 17th century Census of Ireland
Timeline for this weeks audio broadcast:
This Weeks Topics: 1:05
Notes from Mike: 1:38
Book of the Month: 6:39
The Magnificent Seven: 14:16
Irish Name of the Day: 16:52
Websites of the Week: 19:40
Curious News and Notes: 21:37
Total Time: 26:31
Notes This Week:
1) Asked to research Brian Boru, and here are a few notes
from our new podcast series on the subject. Stay tuned for
a full podcast on Boru on our upcoming Irish History channel.
The ancient tribe that became the O’Briens of Clare, migrated
up to the Thomand area from the south in olden times…..
They are known as the DalgCas or Dalcassions, according to
His grand-father Lorcan, had achieved a Kingship of North
Munster. His father, Kennedy, fought victoriously over the
foreigners (Vikings), and was slain through treachery. His
brother Mahon assumed local kingship fought well but
betrayed after accepted an invitation to dinner from another
Brian Boru, (Brian of the tributes) then rose to the throne
to become perhaps the last High-King of Ireland, defeating
the Vikings in the great battle of Clontarf and there being
slain, in 1014, at his tent. It should also be remember that
Vikings fought for Brian, as well as against him, but this
broke the power of the Viking forces in Ireland.
2) We’ve finished recording the audio version of Missouri Irish
book. Now I just have to find time to clean it up some….
3) Peter Adams and I have been recording chapters for our
Upcoming Irish History broadcasts and audio books. Look for
it later this year !
Books of the Month:
1) The Irish Census of 1659.
3) Video of the Day, Irish Names in Canada
(Listen to todays podcast to hear our audio excerpt)
Beginning Your Irish Family History Search
Part 6 of a 10 part series
Finding Your Family in Ireland
The 1659 ‘Census’
I have compiled several indexes over the last 30 years.
Today we look at the 1659 census of Ireland. It is
important as a quick location finder for Irish families
in the 17th century.
It is also lets us look at how differently your name was
spelled in that era. This is a useful research tool on
several accounts. It can tell you if your family was
centered in a certain county at that time, or if it was
spread over several counties.
Even if you have not found your family location in
Ireland yet – you can start to research where your
family name was found.
This can come in handy later on in your research.
The 1659 Census
The special report on the 1659 census is the list
of all of the original surnames and county
locations found in the ‘census’ of 1659. It also
includes all the names found in the Poll Money
Ordnance papers of 1660-1661.
The original documents hold more information.
The census also enumerates the number of (new?)
Scotch and English settlers in Ireland. The
‘Scotch’ are found widespread in Ulster, with
the exception of Co. Monaghan & most of Co. Antrim,
where only the barony of Glenarm shows Scots
Scotch and English
The designation as Scotch or English is vague.
It may refer to those who use ‘the’ language, or
it may refer to those who have recently settled
in Ireland, earlier settlers now being thought
of as Irish. Scots settlement is also shown in
Agha parish, barony of Lower Ormond in Tipperary
and in the barony of Granard in Longford. Only
Coolavin barony in Co. Sligo gives no English
This census gives no Scotch settlers in the
provinces of Munster & Connaught, where the Irish
outnumbered the English by a 10 to one ratio.
In Ulster the ratio is 1 1/2 Irishmen to every
1 Englishman/Scotsman. In Leinster it was 5 1/2
Irishmen to 1 Englishman/Scotsman. Hardinge
estimated the overall ratio was 5 to 1, but figures
suggest it may have been 7 Irish to 1 settler total.
Discovery of this Census
W. H. Hardinge announced discovery of the ‘1659’
census in 1864. He believed it was compiled in
1654-1659, by Petty, during his well known survey.
(The ‘civil survey’ preceeds this survey by a few
years.). It may have been a preliminary survey
for a better work to follow, and it may have been
used to help satisfy transplantation complaints of
new citizens being ‘settled’ here. Thus we have
the emphasis on English, Scotch, Irish and the (Pn)
principal surname of Irish families in each area.
Hardinge gave the estimated population of Ireland
at some 500,000 based upon this census. (Thom’s
Almanac gave an unsure figure of 1,320,000).
It is incomplete, for we have no surviving returns
for Cavan, Galway, Mayo, Tyrone, Wicklow and none
for 4 baronies in Cork and 9 baronies in Meath.
17th Century Spelling
Please note that spellings were often different
in the 17th century. This is true for both family
names and place names in Ireland. Consult the
‘The Book of Irish Families great and small’
for examples and note that Mac, Mc, Fitz and O’ may
appear before your name in 1659 even though it does
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Top free and paid attraction in Ireland
Time to raise our eyes skywards, give thanks, and ask for help !
Here are todays “Magnificent Seven” :
1) Welcome Ciny Maree Johnson new member !
0’KEEFFE FAMILY, DUHALLOW, CORK: up to 40 O’Keeffes
transported to Australia for subversion from 1802 onwards.
Have transportation records here in Oz but want to trace
backwardsfrom there. Most of those transported were
members of United Irishmen.
2) Gene Murphy of Cleveland, OH. your Irish Passengers book
and Co. Mayo genealogy and family history notes has shipped.
3) Robert Mullen of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Your County Derry Genealogy & family history notes shipped.
4) George MacDonald of Warner Robins, Georgia
Your County Tyrone Genealogy & family history notes shipped.
5) Patricia Scott of Binghamton, NY
Your County Fermanagh & Louth genealogy book has shipped.
6) Welcome Dudley Donahue of Durham, Kansas- a new
member! Your Families of Co. Kerry, Ireland has shipped.
Daniel Donahue,served with union in civil war. At city point,Va.
7) Welcome new member Randy O’Guin of Alexandria, VA
I can go back on paper 6 generations to Hardy O’Guin (and
various spellings) who was born in North Carolina USA about
1775, died Tennessee USA after 1850. Hardy’s son Solomon
was born in Tennesse USA about 1805, and eventually moved
to Missouri where he raised my ggg-grandfather Benjamin
Harrison O’Guin. Various Alexanders, Bryants, Christophers,
Daniels, Edwards, Tarlows, Georges, Jameses, Johns, and
Patricks bought and sold a lot of land in North Carolina
starting about 1722. I have no idea when the family actually
came to America.
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: Ann Blackshaw
Related Spellings of the Name
Hen, Henahan, Henan, O’Henechan, Henegan, Henegane,
Varient Spelling Groups: #99
(Taken from the Master Guide to the Various Spellings
of Irish Family Names) http://www.irishroots.com/id4918.htm
History of the Name
We find the name most often spelled in our records with
‘Hene…’. County Mayo is considered a traditional location
for the name. It is also noted in Co. Galway, where it has
been translated into the name of ‘Bird’ on occasion.
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) No match found in the Irish Book of Arms, though the
Henn family of Paradise Hill, Co. Clare is given. That is
a name given to be of separate origins.
Coming Up Later in this episode:
If it wasn’t for the Irish and the Jews….. and Mick Moloney…
The Free Master Index Search of Irish Names
at Irishroots.com finds the family name 15 times
including the following examples :
1) Henaghan in Irish Names and Surnames by Rev. P. Woulfe.
2) Henegane in Families of Co. Cork,Ireland
3) Heneghan in the Birth Index of Ireland
4) Heneghan in Co. Mayo Genealogy and family history notes
5) Henehan in The Families of Co. Galway, Ireland
6) Henegan in Names of Irish Passengers to Ireland
7) O’Henegane in County Mayo Genealogy and family history
Websites of the Week:
1) Lisdoonvarna Match Making Festival in Clare
2) Google Triples size of Newspapers you can search from 1753 on !
3) Irish Superstitions, like using only a found horseshoe….
and don’t put your shoes on a table or chair
4) Historical Maps for Ireland
Curious News and Notes
1) What is the favorite attraction in Ireland ?
Well, for those that you pay for it is
First: Dublins Guinness Storehouse.
Second: The Dublin Zoo
Third: The Cliffs of Moher
2) The Top Free Attraction was: The National Gallery.
3) Emly, in County Tipperary, has won the top Tidy Town
award in Ireland ! They beat out both Westport, Co. Mayo,
and Ennis, County Clare, by one point !!!
4) Top selling brand items in Irish shopping baskets:
(1) Coca Cola
(2) Avonmore Milk
5) If It Wasn’t For the Irish and the Jews
A Tribute to the Irish and Jewish Influences on
Vaudeville and Early Tin Pan Alley
October 24 | 8 pm | Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway
(95thStreet) General sale $45 l $35 IAC and Symphony Space.
members Tickets now on sale at:
www. symphonyspace.com or call 212 868.5400
(Per the Irish Arts Center)
6) Relatives of IRA victims want Libya to pay IRA Victims
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