Gibbons genealogy; Mayo Ireland; Parish registers; Quiet Man

Advance Show Notes #173
Among Todays Topics at the Irish Roots Cafe:

1)   Family of the Day:  Gibbons
2)   Irish County of the Month: Mayo
3)   Searching For: Tracy, Gibbons, Walkup, Merrymen
4)   Curious News: Bull rampages in supermarket in Ballinrobe.
5)   Video of the Month: (Mayo)  Quiet Man Museum video
6)   Curious Note: Irish Parish Registers getting a boost…
7)   One minute podcast:  May the Cat eat you and the devil….

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

Total Time: 25:50
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1) Well we did show up at the Irish Music Masters workshops
Saturday. This is the 2nd year for the event and I would say
it is the best of the lot for me.  I took one session with the
fiddle and just observing; and one session with Connie Dover
on song.  All was great.

2)  Maria Morton made her world debut as a singer on last
weeks song podcast, interview and song !  She favored us
with her rendition, in Irish, of ‘Óró Se….’ perhaps one of the
best known tunes in Irish, for those trying it out in America.
and a fine job she did…..Thanks to Maria for that ! You
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3) We have been adding material to the web page of late.
The Hedge School page is new; and on the podcast pages we have
added a ‘ inside scoop’ link to tell you a little more. We’ll be
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We have a (phone call) note today on an old saying in Irish, which
translated means:
“May the Cat eat you, and may the devil eat the Cat.”

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Books of the Month:

1) County Mayo, Ireland, genealogy and family history notes.
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Our edition of the Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters, is
the only source for the complete folding map showing the
location of Irish families, as originally compiled by Connellan.
Here are the County Mayo families shown on our Irish families
map in the Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters:
For more about this book go to:

(Key:  L. = Lord; B = Baron; C= Chief; P = Prince )
Bourke, MacWm, L.
Browne, B.
Cusack (O’Cisoghe)
Mac    Aveeley
Mac    Garry
Mac    Gavan
Mac    Costello
Mac    Davett
Mac    Geraeghty
Mac    Gibbon
Mac    Greal
Mac    Hale (MacCail)
Mac    Jordan, deExeter, L.
O’    Bannan, C.
O’    Birn
O’    Bligh
O’    Brody
O’    Brogan
O’    Cahaney, C.
O’    Callaghan, C.
O’    Connegan
O’    Connellan
O’    Conor, King
O’    Conor
Mac    Nally
Mac    Nulty
Mac    Phillips
O’    Cummin
O’    Dogherty
O’    Dolan
O’    Donnell
O’    Dowd, P.
O’    Duffy
O’    Dugan
O’    Finan
O’    Finegan
O’    Flannery
O’    Flynn
O’    Gavagan
O’    Gormly
O’    Gormoge, C.
O’    Grady
O’    Hara, B.
O’    Hara, L.
O’    Higgin
O’    Kearny
O’    Keerin
O’    Kerrigan
O’    Killeen
O’    Larrissey
O’    Lavell
O’    Lennon
O’    Loghnan
O’    Loughnan
O’    Malley, L.
O’    Milford
O’    Moghan
O’    Moran
O’    Mulleeny
O’    Mulrenin
O’    Mulroy
O’    Murray, L.
O’    Quinn
O’    Roddan
O’    Ronan
O’    Rothlan
O’    Talcharan
O’    Tierney, L.
O’    Toole
Taaffe, B.
Mac    Cail as MacHale

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Coming Up:
Parish Registers are going to get more popular…..

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

1)  Welcome Thomas Tracy of Tallmadge, Ohio as a new member !
Looking for Mr. Tracy. Believe to be Bezaleel Tracy. wife was Kesia Merrymen. What family did he come from. Family to PA and
settled in Ohio.

2)  Welcome new member Joseph Gibbons of Simi Valley, CA.
Looking for Michael Gibbons and Thomas McHughs family in
County Mayo.  Your Co. Mayo genealogy book has shipped !

3)  Welcome Leland Walkup of Foley, Alabama as a new member.
Andrew Walkup of Kinkitt, Urney, Tyrone, Ireland. Found in 1820
census of PA.

4) Thomas McGuire of Chicago, IL, your Cavan book has shipped!

5)  Michael Smith of Queensbury, NY, your Irish Families shipped!

6) Marlene Earley of Warrenton, VA your Milesian Families and
1659 Irish Census, have shipped.

7) Dorothy A. Burbank of Lee, NH, your Irish Families has shipped!

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Irish Family Name of the Day:

Todays family history in honor of member:
Joseph Gibbons searching in Co. Mayo (above)

Related Spellings of the Name:
Fitzgibbons; Gibbonson; Gibbens; McGibbons; Gibbon, etc…

Varient Spelling Groups:
#618, 695, 2342
From The Guide to the Various Spellings of Irish Family Names

History of the Name

Families of the name of Gibbons may stem from any of several
separate origins. Some likely come from the family of Fitzgibbon,
having dropped the “Fitz” from the name.   The Book of Irish
Families, great and small, makes note of the Mayo family of
MacGibbon, also adopted by some of the Burke family !
As our Irish Roots Cafe member today is interested in Mayo,
we find Gibbon and McGibbon listed as among those on the
Mayo Book of Survey and Distribution. They are also listed
among the ‘New’ settlers in Mayo and Sligo, and again linked
to the ‘Bourke’ family.  One branch of the name is given in Erris.
They are fairly numerous in our records and our genealogy books,
being represented in many counties.

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)  Listed is Fitzgibbon, Earl of Clare, known as John Oge Fitzgibbon,
with further information.  Another link to the name is given in section
one of that book, with the arms illustrated in colour (Fitzgibbon). The
Fitzgibbon family arrived in Ireland with the Normans quite early.

Coming Up Later in this episode:
Maureen O’Hara announces…… could it be ‘Quiet Man II’ ?
The Free Master online index at shows:
Listings for the name 62 times, here are a few examples:

1)   Gibbons & McGibbons: Co. Mayo genealogy and family history notes.
plus Gibbons chart.
2)   T. Gibbons: Co. Meath & Westmeath genealogy notes…
3)   MacGibbons in Annals of Ireland by the 4 Masters
4)   G. Gibbons in Co. Limerick, Ireland, genealogy and family hist…..
5)   Gibbons of Covinger: The Families of Co. Limerick
6)   John Gibbons in the Families of County Dublin, Ireland
7)   Gibbons in Families of County Cork, and others of course

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)   Bull in supermarket in Ballinrobe, County Mayo. (Video)

2)   The village of Cong, in County Mayo. (Quiet Man Cottage Museum)

3)  County Mayo Family History Genealogy Centres (North and South)
To find out more about the centres, you can contact them at:
Mayo North Family Heritage Centre
Co Mayo
Tel: + 353 (0) 96 31809
Fax: + 353 (0) 96 31885

South Mayo Family Research Centre
Main Street
Co Mayo
Tel: + 353 (0) 94 954 1214
Fax: + 353 (0) 94 954 1214

4) The Gibbons Family Genealogy Forum

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Curious News and Notes, From Ireland today

1)  Irish Parish Registers are a mainstay of Irish research and they are
available at the National Library of Ireland.  They are now planning
to scan the lot of them and put them online.  So, you will be able to
read the scans of the microfilm at home instead of making the trip
to Ireland !  It is some 520 microfilms in all.  Keep your eyes open
in a year or so for the batch to be complete, according to reports:

2)  Top Irish Studies Programs in the U.S.
Notre Dame University and Boston College top the list.

3)  Irish Women noted as ‘professional killers’
They are entering the sniper training force, in the battle against terrorists.
I always thought they were already dangerous enough when crossed !

4)  First ‘purpose built’ permanent Drive in Movie theatre.
170 car facility slated to open with Harry Potter.

5)  The cliffs of Moher has been a leading spot for surfing in Ireland,
but a new wave has appeared that may surpass it, at least for awhile.
Some say they have been waiting years for it to appear…

6)  Maureen O’Hara announces film school based in Glengarriff.
I can’t help but wonder if there will ever be a Quiet Man II, but could it ever
measure up to the original !

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