Irish Family History and Genealogy
with curious news and notes from Ireland.
From the Irish Roots Cafe at www.Irishroots.com
Show 152, advance release
Among Todays Topics:
1) Family of the Day: Stokes
2) Irish Cure for Heart Attacks
3) High Crosses being brought down
4) Possible good news for Nolans who smoked
5) Searching for Walsh, Gallivan, Reid, Igoeb
6) Where in the world is Ulaanbataar
7) Blob searching for Murphy-Gardiner
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This Weeks Audio Timeline
Todays Topics: 1:00
Notes from Mike: 2:00
One Minute Podcast: 4:00
Book of the Month: 6:30
The Magnificent Seven: 9:30
Irish Name of the Day: 11:30
Websites of the Week: 16:30
Curious News and Notes: 18:30
Total Time: 25:50
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Notes This Week:
What’s happening today at the Irish Roots Cafe
1) We have come to the end of the first season for the
Hello Fada (It’s Renata) accent on the Irish Language
podcast; and for the Hedge Row History Podcast. We’ll
get the new season going right away !
Be sure and sign up for these free podcasts on my web
page at Irishroots.com or on iTunes
2) Irish song is plentiful at the Cafe these days, folks are
practicing for the Song and Recitation festival this fall.
I may put these ‘backstage’ rehearsals online. We may
do some recitations on the Irish Song and Recitation
podcast, as well as a few Sean Nós attempts. New season
3) I am keeping the free podcasts coming as always. The
podcasts that have been up for awhile I am going to put
in the ‘Irish archives’ here. Some will be available only to
members, some will be available at $1.99. That is a small
amount, but will help pay the bills here at the cafe.
I am also coming out with some special podcasts just on
certain topics, like Irish Coat of arms and heraldry, and
developments in Irish Genealogy over the last year !
One Minute Podcast
Let’s take a listen to one of our 8 other podcast series.
Covering Song; Recitation; Travel; History; Irish-America;
or Irish language.
Todays Podcast extract is from The Irish in America Podcast.
We have some notes today on the Irish in Kansas City.
City, including Kennedy, the first newspaper proprietor in
town. We also note the Civil War in America and some of
it’s effects on the Irish in America.
Coming to you from right down by the river, where Ireland
met America, at the Irish Roots Cafe !
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Book of the Month:
1) The Families of County Dublin, Ireland
Finding Your Family History in Co. Dublin
This is the hardbound, illustrated, book that focuses exclusively
on families of County Dublin. Part of the Irish Families Project,
it includes: Catholic and Protestant; native Irish; settler families
from England, Scotland, and Wales; County Map; Coats of Arms;
and more.. Information contained here-in dates from the earliest
times to the modern era.
Expands Upon Earlier Information
The Master Volume in the Irish Families series is ‘The Book of
Irish Families, great & small’. It covers thousands of families
from all of Ireland. ‘Families of Co. Dublin’ greatly expands upon
the coverage given in that book and adds several hundred new
families. In this way both books compliment each other. ‘Families
of Co. Dublin’ is the 7th volume in the series, which covers every
ounty in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Only 7 of the 29 county
books were hardbound and gold stamped. This is one of them.
It was published by the Irish Genealogical Foundation and
edited by Michael C. O’Laughlin.
An outline of the history of the county as it relates to Irish
families, and to Irish research is included, along with an
exhaustive enumeration of thousands of Dublin families.
There is a special section included for research in Dublin,
which can be a feast of records compared to the rest of the
country! This section will be helpful to anyone researching
records and repositories in Ireland, even outside of Dublin
In the Beginning
This quote is taken from the introduction to this work, setting
the stage for all the family history in the following pages of the
book: ” The mix of families and family names found in Dublin is extraordinary.
Dublin was a center of government for the
Vikings, and then for the Normans who invaded in the 12th
century. It has also drawn families from every other part of
Ireland in considerable numbers. It is important to be aware
of families adjacent to Dublin, for they are very often found in
Dublin itself. Taking from the works of earlier days, O’Hart, in
his “Irish Pedigrees”, lists the chiefs and clans of Dublin, Kildare,
King’s, and parts of Meath together in the same section.
O’Connor of Offaley; O’Toole of Co. Wicklow; O’Moore of Leix;
and O’Dempsey of Clanmaliere were anciently given as chiefs
of Co. Kildare, which is adjacent to Dublin. The O’Tooles and
O’Byrnes were given in the mountainous areas in the south of
Dublin. MacFogarty of South Bregia is given as such by the
four masters in the 10th century; O’Carey, is found as chief of
Cairbre O’Ciardha in Kildare; O’Murcain or O’Murcan and
O’Bracken are given possessing lands along the Liffey near
Dublin; O’Gilbroin is given on the borders of Dublin and
Kildare. O’Fiachra, O’Cullen, O’Colgan, MacDonnell, O’Dempsey,
O’Dunn, O’Hea and O’Murtha are found in Kildare. O’Toole
and O’Byrne are given as chiefs in Wicklow. O’Duffy is given
originally in Kildare and Carlow but subsequently in Dublin,
and they are found migrating to Louth, Monaghan, Cavan,
Galway and Roscommon. The O’Fagans or MacFagans (given
to be the same family) are given as possibly of English descent
by O’Hart, and D’Alton gives several of the name as high
sheriffs in Meath and Dublin”.
( contents: Irish Genealogy & Family History, indexed, maps, coats of
arms, illustrated, hardbound, gold stamped, 248 pages.)
Three Things to Remember:
We Have a Podcast, a Blog reader, and a Blog !
The Podcast is my ‘radio’ show, with extra comments.
The Blog reader is a computer that ‘reads’ this blog.
The Blog has additional entries, and written shownotes.
You just knew it: The Irish Cure For Heart Attack
Time to raise our eyes skywards, give thanks, and ask for help !
Here are todays “Magnificent Seven” :
1) Welcome member Katherine Denney of Canyon Lake, Texas.
Looking for Walsh, Gallavan from Killarney; O’Connor from
BallynaLackin; and Conroy from Fermoy. need siblings / parents.
2) Colleen Burton of New South Wales, your Kings and Queens
county Ireland genealogy books have shipped !
3) Welcome new member Ann Reid Igoe of Carmel, California !
Robert Reid near Newtownards, Co. Down, Northern Ireland;
Igoe, Ward, Kelly, Maginnis in Cork (?)
4) Welcome Douglas Duet of Roswell, GA, your
County Meath genealogy notes has shipped along with your
Book of Irish Families, great and small.
5) Welcome new member Janet Livingstone, of Waldport, OR.
(no search given)
6) Blob searching for Murphy-Gardiner
Welcome new member Burckhard K. Blob of Forest, VA.
searching for William & Margaret Murphy-Gardiner, to US
c.1844-1847. Patrick Morton imm. 1820-30 to U.S.. Both
came to New York.
7) David L. Beckett of Hamilton, OH, your County Antrim
genealogy book has shipped.
Check out our online search list at:
Thanks to all of our members – without you these
podcasts would not be possible – !
Sponsors are welcome and needed.
Irish Family Name of the Day:
Todays family history in honor of gold member:
Edward G. Stokes
My gggrandfather was Thomas Stokes b.1770-75. Lived in
northwestern Ga. in 1809 to 1819 (later Cass Co. then
Bartow Co. Ga.) and moved to Warren Co. Tenn before 1820.
Family tradition says that he, his father or grandfather came
from Ireland with the name Fitzgerald. He had killed someone
or got into somekind of trouble and had to flee. He
got onto a ship to America and changed his name on the way
over to the Captain’s sir name Stokes. We have been unable to
make an connection other than Thomas’ wife was Eleanor
b. in SC. A recent DNA test has shown me to me a direct
descentent of Maurice de Prendergast who invaded Ireland on
behalf of the English King in 1167.
Do you know of any Fitzgerald’s immigrating from Ireland before
1809 or Merchant ships with captain’s named Stokes?
Related Spellings of the Name: Stoakes, Stoaks, de Stoakes, Stock
Varient Spelling Groups: #1929,
From The Guide to the Various Spellings of Irish Family Names
History of the Name
Stokes is generally given to be a name that settled in Ireland
over time, and found fairly early in Ireland, coming from England.
We can find references to the name in the works of the Rev.
Patrick Woulfe, stemming from ‘de Stoakes’. We find it in two
17th century records as well (see below). Of our county books,
County Kerry seems to be the most populated with the name, and
it is there and in County Limerick the name is often given.
John O’Hart finds the name in Dublin and Down in the 15th
The spelling as ‘Stoakes’ seems fairly common in our records,
particularly in our Dublin, Clare and Tipperary genealogy books.
Stock would be an example of a name that could have been
confused with Stoke on isolated occasion.
Note the name of Stokestown in County Wexford.
copyright 2010, IGF, based in part upon
The Book of Irish Families, great and small
Irish Family Coats of Arms From the Irish Book of Arms
A Brief search in that work shows:
1) Not Given in the Irish Book of Arms.
Coming Up Later in this episode:
Why Four Irish are traveling to Ulaanbataar this summer,
Oh, right, its not far from Ghenggis Khan airport…..
and there is an Irish pub……….
The Free Master online index at www.Irishroots.com shows:
Listings for the name 29 times, here are a few examples:
1) Capt. O.; Col. Stokes; E. Stokes: Families of Co. Kerry, Ire.
2) Dr. W. Stokes in the Families of County Dublin, Ireland
3) J. Stokes in Irish Knighthoods
4) R. Stokes in County Fermanagh & Louth genealogy & ….
5) Hugh Stokes in Special Census of Ireland: Pynnars Survey
6) Stokes in the 1659 Census of Ireland
7) Stokes in the Families of County Clare, Ireland
You can use this free index to search for your family name:
Remember to leave off the Mac or O when typing your name.
Around the World, in Irish Ways.
The Web Page and Video of the Month.
1) 50 Years of Stokes Family History (video only)
2) Ships, Captains and emigrants (web page)
A list of ships and their masters, and emigrants, transcribed
from a book edited by John Camden Hotten and published
by Chatto and Windus, London 1874.
3) Round Tower and High Cross (video with trad. music)
“In August Tuesday the 13th I visited the historic ruins of
Monasterboice (Irish: Mainistir Bhuithe) which are of an early
Christian settlement in County Louth in the Republic of Ireland
4) Not far from Ghenggis Khan airport…..
Where 4 Irish are headed this summer
see also our Irish Video Shorts at:
Curious News and Notes, From Ireland today
1) Voting for The Greatest Irish Personality of All Time….
I vote for hmmm The voting finished April 2. Lots of people
did not even make the top 40.
Left out at that point were: Saint Brendan himself; Van Morrison;
Peter O’Toole; Samuel Beckett; Richard Harris; and George
Bernard Shaw. See the final results here:
2) High Crosses in Danger
The famous celtic high crosses at Monasterboice are beginning
to deteriorate and even crack, and are viewed by over 70,000
tourists each year. They are thinking of bringing them inside
and building replicas to take the spot of the originals.
3) Wexford Mongols
Looks like 4 teachers from Enniscorthy are raising funds to
help the Bedouin tribes that are settling around the Mongolian
capital of Ulaanbataar. The will be giving table quizzes and
barn dances, etc.. to raise the funds for the
summer trip, driving to Mongolia….P.J. Guinan; Lliam Guinan;
Joey Redmond; and Andrew Wheelock.
4) Guinness may prevent heart attacks.
According to a study at the University of Wisconsin in 2003
a pint of Guinness may be as helpful as low doses of aspirin
in preventing heart clots….. but what about all those calories ????
5) Elizabeth Nolan has smoked for some 90 years and celebrated
her 100th birthday last month, and of course has enjoyed a
Guinness on occasion. She is from Baltinglass, County Wicklow.
…….So end the notes from the Irish Hedge Row today.
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