Conlon Genealogy; cold Irish Postman; Roscommon book; FAQ

Among Todays Topics at the Irish Roots Cafe:

1)   Family of the Day: Conlon
2)   Irish County of the Month:  Roscommon
3)   Searching For:  McMahon, Smith, McKiernan
4)   Curious News: Coldest Irish in awhile
5)   Web Page of the Month: online dictionary & origins
6)   Curious Note:  How the Irish Postman predicts
7)   One minute podcast: Mo Ghille Mear

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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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Notes This Week:
What’s happening today at the Irish Roots Cafe

1) I’ve added a Frequently asked Questions (FAQ) page to the
web site.  Started with the top questions that could be
answered. The address is here:

2)  By the way, I am turning the entire web site at
into a Hedge School format.  I have added and expanded pages
and will continue to do so for several months.  Here is the
new Hedge school page that links to :

3)  ‘Over the Mountain’ is the song I sang on the
Irish Song Podcast last week, and this week Peneleapé
is sharing her second song with us, and it’s a good one !
Here is the page you will find them both on:

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Book of the Month:
County Roscommon, Ireland, genealogy and family history notes.

Most Numerous Names in the 19th Century:
(as given in the Roscommon book above)


Most of the old Irish names can have the Mac or ‘O’ before
the name dropped or added at will.  Additionally many old
Irish names were translated or ‘mistranslated’ into English
from the original gaelic.

Here is the table of contents for this months book:

C o n t e n t s

IGF  Publications List……………………………
Illustration from an earlier work………………..

P a r t   O n e
Introduction to Sources; Birth Index……………..
National Resource List …………………………..
Local Resource List………………………………
Names in Roscommon………………………….

P a r t    T w o
The complete existing returns from the ‘census’ of 1659, showing
the methods of spelling  family names and place names at that
time in history…..

P a r t    T  h r e e
Coats of Arms and Genealogical Notes.
Arms connected in some way to the county, as taken from the
Irish Book of Arms.  The original listings provide specific
locations for families, and clues for future research………………

P a r t    F o u r
Finding Locations……………………………….
County Map………………………………………
Index of Place Names, ancient & modern. A sampling of place
names to assist in finding locations in the county, as taken from
the Master Book of Irish Placenames………………………..

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

1)  William Hart of Pacifica, CA, your County Sligo, Ireland
genealogy and family history notes book has shipped !

2)  Alan Ross Ford of NSW, welcome as a new member.
details of my gr gr grandparents Timothy and Ellen
(nee Leonard McMahon,

3) Dena Adams of Prairie Village, KS, welcome as a new member.
Searching for Smith and Mc Kiernan.

4)  Barbara A. Stock, of Takoma Park, your Families of
Co. Clare, has shipped.

5)  Elaine Longford of Victoria, Australia, your Families of
Co. Kerry has shipped.

6)  Dorothy Fitzpatrick of Christmas, FL, your Co. Cork and
Co. Cavan book has shipped.

7)  Joanne Yates, of Stoke on Trent, UK, your County Limerick
Ireland, genealogy and family history notes, has shipped.

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Irish Family Name of the Day:

Todays family history in honor of member:
Kathleen Fulcher
I am researching my father’s family, Conlon. I believe my
great-grandfather, Michael Dillon Conlon was born in
Boyle, Roscommon, Ireland (abt 1890

Related Spellings of the Name
Connellan, Conally, Conla, Conland, Conlen, Conlin, Conneally….

Varient Spelling Groups:  #314, #317, #319, #2166
From The Guide to the Various Spellings of Irish Family Names

History of the Name
We find the name used as a variant spelling of Connellan in
some instances, and the main location for the name in more
modern times is in County Roscommon, Ireland.  It is also
found in Mayo and Sligo, and throughout Ireland in smaller

There are several spellings of names connected to Conlon.
Notably the surnames of ‘Size’, Kenelly, and M’Ineely, all given
in the Guide to the Various Spellings of Irish Surnames.

For fans of Irish names, the name of Mac Conlena is given as
obsolete in the ‘Tribes and Customs of the Hy Fiachra’ by
There is an obituary of Redmond P. Conlon in the Journal of
the Irish American Historical Society….

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) The spelling of Conlon is not given in the Irish Book of Arms.

Coming Up Later in this episode:
Michael Gallagher made an accurate prediction now….
The Free Master online index at shows:
Listings for the name 16  times, here are a few examples:

1)  Birth index of Ireland
2)  Irish Names and Surnames by P. Woulfe
3)  Co. Roscommon, Ireland genealogy and family history notes. (v23)
4)  Co. Sligo, Ireland, genealogy and family history notes. (v24)
5)   Co. Mayo, Ireland, genealogy and family history notes (v20)
6)   “Mac, Mc, and O names in 17th -20th century records.
7)    Irish Families on the California Trail.

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)   Dancing in Ballaghaderreen, Roscommon, Ireland

2)   Visit Roscommon video.

3)  Oxford Dictionaries Online
Do you want it set to U.S. English or World English ?

4) History of Irish Guinness Brewery

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Curious News and Notes, From Ireland today

1)  Snow and ice of late in Ireland.  My friends in County Clare
have been sliding about… Schools closed and the like.

2)  Guinness is still the favorite draft beer in Irish pubs, but Bulmers is
the most popular bottled variety.

3)  Northern Ireland has its coldest November winter night since 1919.
Armagh observatory recorded a -7.8C.

4)  It seems a County Donegal postman predicted the freezing temps.
weeks in advance.  Michael Gallagher,  bases his predictions on
the animals and birds, which in this case, were very agitated.

5)  The online Oxford English dictionary, is a gigantic compilation and
it is going to give many more words with Irish origins that appear in
English, words like ‘alanna’ and ‘asthore’ and ‘taggeen are increasingly
being given.  ( A taggeen is a small glass of spirits.)

6)   The age for getting married, is increasing in Ireland, and more civil
ceremonies too. One-third of the brides are older than the groom.
Grooms being 33.4 years and brides at 31.3 years.

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