Lawlor Genealogy; Queens County Laois; Miss Ireland; Irish Counting

Advance Show Notes episode #168 at the Irish Roots Cafe:

1)   Family of the Day:  Lawlor, Lalor
2)   Irish County of the Month: Laois  (Queens County)
3)   Searching: Henry; Thompson; Lambe; Jones; Gordon
4)   Monthly Video: Best Advice for a Man from Miss Ireland
5)   Web Page of the Month:Genealogy/DNA/Origins theory
6)   Curious Note: Who is ‘Rocky the Chicken?”
7)   One minute podcast: Hello Fada: Counting in Irish

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This Weeks Audio Timeline Show 168

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
Sources:                            15:30
Websites of the Week:        16:30
Curious News and Notes:   18:30

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Book of the Month:
Kings and Queens (Leix, Laois) County, genealogy & family hist. notes.

Kings County-Offaly, Queens County Leix/Laois
Queens County is also known as ‘Leix’ and ‘Laois’ today. The
ruling family in ancient times were the O’Moores.  Queen Mary
came along in the 16th century and claimed the land as part
of the crown, renaming it ‘Queens County’, along with its main
town being renamed ‘Maryborough’.  This would not remain the case
as the county would be renamed ‘Laois’ and the town renamed
Portlaoise with the coming of Irish independence.

As listed in this book:
Most Numerous In Queens County , (Co. Leix or Laois):

Family History Extracts.
Includes specific notes on the families of Dunne; Colgan;
MacCoghlan; Moore or O’Moore; Doyne; Fox; Harte; Hennessy;
Henry; Hoolahan; Molloy; Mooney; Mulheeran; O’Connor Faley;
and O’Reilly of Heath House. These are extracts from 19th century

Part Two Includes
The complete existing returns from the census of 1659,
also showing the methods of spelling family names and place
names at that time in history. This census is organized by barony,
townland and parish. The baronies included are Phillipstowne;
Coolis Towne; Ballaboy; Ballycowen; Geshell; Clonlisk;
Garriecastell; Kilcourcy; Eglish; Ballybritt; Ossery;
Maryborrough; Cullenagh; Sliemargeagh; Ballyadams;
Portnyhinch; Stradbally; and Tynahinch. The full names of
tituladoes are given, such as Barnaby Dunn, William Lestrange;
Walter Warnford; Joseph Hamon; James Barnwall, Edmond
McShane, Thomas Piggott, and so on. These tituladoes are
tied to specific townlands. Furthermore, at the end of each
barony there is a list of ‘Principall Irish Names and Their Number’.
In one barony the names of Bane 5, Bryan and McBryan 5,
Carroll 6, Conner and McConner 7, Conraghy 17, Dun 18, Divoy 5,
McEdmond 5, Mallone 5, McRory 6, and so on, are listed for
each barony. Different surnames appear in different baronies,
thus providing a clue for researchers. It is important to note
that the spellings of place names and family names changed
over time. The researcher should be aware of minor changes
in the spelling of his name.

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

1)  Lorraine Falls of Beaverton, Canada, your Clare; Donegal,
and Irish Families books have shipped !

2)  Sandra Fleming of Corona, California, your County Antrim
genealogy and family history notes have shipped !

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member. Searching for: Henry (Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan);
and Thompson (Tulleyvallen, County Armagh). Need birth
records and passenger lists !

4)  Welcome Scott Painter of Burlington, Canada as a full
member.  Your County Tyrone, genealogy and family history
notes shipped !
Searching Lambe, (Dublin: Jones; Tyrone: Gordon.)

5)  Thanks to Penelope of County Clare, for interview & song !

6) Thanks to Karen Ziel, for interview and song !

7) Thanks to Liza for the Mad Puck Goat, and to Harpin’ Hank !

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Irish Family Name of the Day:
Lawlor, Lalor

Todays family history in honor of member:
Les Warren of Waikato, New Zealand, welcome as a new
member ! Searching: Lalor/Lawlor from County Kerry, but
likely came from Co. Laois.

Related Spellings of the Name
Laler, O’Lalor, Lawler, Lawlar

Varient Spelling Groups:  #1057, 2476,
From The Guide to the Various Spellings of Irish Family Names

History of the Name
O’Lalor was one of the 7 septs, or families, of Leix, and the O’
prefix is generally not found with the name today.  The leading
members of the ‘septs’ were transplanted to Co. Kerry in 1609,
but most of the family remained near their traditional lands.
Records of the family can be found in the estate papers in the
National Library of Ireland in Dublin.
Note the name of Lalors mills, where  the 7 septs were were
officially defeated by the signing of a treaty.
The Lalor families can be found in the same ancient
genealogies as the O’Connors of Kerry and the O’Mores, as
given in Keatings History (IGF).
One principal seat of the family name was at Disert, near the
rock of Dunamase.  From here a branch of the family settled in
Tipperary. A branch of this line is found in the Irish Book of
(end of partial extract – more info in the Book of Irish Families,
great & small)

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)  Among coats of arms displayed in the Irish Book of Arms
are those of Power-Lalor of Tipperary, with motto below and
2 crests above

Coming Up Later in this episode:
Worldwide Genealogy Researcher talks about diversity and genetics.
Also, no its not the flying squirrel, it’s Rocky the Chicken in Ireland.
The Free Master online index at shows:
Listings for the name 72  times, here are a few examples:

1)   Lalor/ Lawlor in the 1659 census and Irish birth index
2)   O’Lalor in The Families of County Kerry, Ireland
3)   Lalor, Lawlor, O’Lalor: Irish Genealogies, Keatings History
4)   Lalor in Co. Kilkenny Genealogy and family history notes.
5)   Lawlor in the Irish Book of Arms
6)   Lawlor in Duel: Families of Co. Kerry, Ireland
7)   Lalor, Lawlor in Kings and Queens Co. Ireland, genealogy..

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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)   Video Tour – Aghaboe House – Laois County, Ireland
A  Video Tour featuring the Aghaboe House, A Historic Irish
Estate in County Laois, Ireland.

2)   Lawlor Family Holiday Magic video

3)  Miss Universe 2010  Miss Ireland Rozanna Purcell
Answering the question: Best advice for a Man……Best Gift…..

4) Building a family tree for human ancestry (theory)

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Curious News and Notes Today:

1)  Emma Waldron has been crowned ‘Miss Ireland’.
She is also friend of ‘Miss Universe Ireland’, Rozanna Purcell.

2)  Ploughling Championships in Athy, Co. Kildare drew
a crowd of 74,000 last week, with folks from 15 countries in

3)  Who is Ireland’s Greatest ?  Historical Greats deserted. Poll to give answer.
Great historical figures overlooked, Bono and Mary Robinson included.

4)  Galway Mosque: Foundation Stones Laid.
Galways first purpose-built Mosque.

5)  Have you heard of “Rocky the Chicken?”  The psychic chicken.
He predicts by eating out of the plate with correct answer.

6)   The Galway Oyster Festival has just ended.  It’s the 56th year !
The World Oyster Opening Contest was held on Saturday with 16
countries represented.  Best Dressed Lady Competition as well….

…….So end the notes from the Irish Hedge Row today.
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