Smith genealogy, Irish Census, Mountain climbing in Kerry

Irish Family History Show Notes #176
Among Todays Topics at the Irish Roots Cafe:

1)   Family of the Day: Smith
2)   Book of the Month: Special Irish Census
3)   Searching For: Lord of the Dance
4)   Curious News: Quinn attacks a mountain
5)   Web Page of the Month: Baby Irish Giraffe
6)   Curious Note: What it means to be Irish
7)   One minute podcast: Will America Forget the Irish!

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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) What do you name an Irish giraffe ! (see news and notes)
Our thanks to Renata for ending up the beginning look at
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2) Roisin Dubh for me today on the final Song podcast for season 3 !                                                    

3) Christmas in Killarney or…. There’s no fireplace like your
own fireplace….  Remember our books and memberships
for Christmas gifts, I’ll be shipping out every day or two for
the next week…. so fire off that order now !

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Book of the Month:
Special Census of Northern Ireland
Rare Land Owner Records and Historical Notations Including
Counties Armagh, Tyrone, Donegal, Cavan, and Fermanagh,
with notes on Londonderry (Derry).
with names of Catholics and Protestants Affected.

Rare 17th Century Census
In 1618 Pynnar was given orders to survey the lands that
had changed hands in the plantation of Ulster.  What
improvements had been made, the general state of the property,
etc…  The gaelic order of Ireland had fallen and would collapse
completely by the end of the century.  This is part of the early
documentation of the new settlers of the land from Scotland,
England, etc..  The gaelic order of Ireland had fallen and would
collapse completely by the end of the century.  Pynnar’s survey
is useful for those researching family history in Ireland.  It
contains much more than a survey of the land.

Family History
His survey includes the names of owners, names of previous
owners, and the relationships between some of those named.
Those names are, of course,tied to specific plots of land in the
survey.  For example, Gerald Fleming, who died in 1615 is
given, and it is noted that his son was 26 years old and
married at that time.  Other family relationships are noted,
widows are given, as are children.  In this case, most of the
references will be to those who settled the land, and not the
native Irish of the day.  It remains an account of individuals
and their land that is not often found in other works.

I suppose a few terms need explaining when reading the
history of this era. You will find the term ‘undertaker’,
which means one who ‘undertook’ to settle the land in
Ireland, displacing the native Irish who originally owned
it.  (Now, all these folks are dead now by several hundred
years, but the havoc in the wake of the overthrow of a
native culture is still with us today, but that is for another
day.) We are here today to help folks research family history
of any family that lived in Ireland.

The other term is ‘plantation’, which means the ‘planting’
of settlers in Ireland with the support of the British Crown.
It has nothing to do with the notion of a ‘cotton field
plantation’ in the southern regions of the U.S.. The plantation
of Ireland, by 1618, was a young but successful endeavor
which naturally pitted the new settlers against the former

Sample Excerpt from “Pynnar’s Survey. A Special Census of
Northern Ireland”
“Sir Alexander Hamilton(55) the first patentee. Jane
Hamilton (56), late wife to Claude Hamilton, deceased,
hath 2,000 acres, called Carrotobber and Clonkine. Upon
this Proportion there is a strong castle, and a Bawne of
Lime and Stone thouroughly finished with her family living
there (….and in the over 1/2 page of footnotes on this
family are given other inhabitants in 1629, namely George
Griffin, Francis Cofyn, Stephen Hunt, and Richard
Lighterfoot, all of whom had been granted deeds.)”

Family Name Changes
There are many notes on family names, locations and
backgrounds. Of the name of John Whisher, Hill gives
that it is ‘now’ written as Wishart, and that Carew writes
it as Wyhard, and that he had returned to Scotland and
returned and suffered many misfortunes. We also find
lists of tenants who were not landowners in addition to
the ‘census’ type material.

Many Families Given
There are too many families and specific plots of land to
give here, but a few of the families listed several times in
the work are: Acheson; Alexander;
Bingley; Beresford; ODonnelly; O’Boyle; Browne; Chichester;
McCaffery; Butler; McBryan; Cole; Dillon; Hamilton
(over 30 index listings); Moore; Maguire; Oneale; OReilly;
Stewart; Richardson; Wilson; and Wray…..

This is but one example of an historical work furnishing
great genealogical information.  Admittedly this is one of
the better source examples I have found.

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Coming Up:
Storyteller speaks on what it means to be Irish…..
and Quinn the Ice Man cometh again…

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

1)  Urban Kiernan of Chandler, Arizona, your ‘Irish Knighthoods’
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2)   Ashley Brown of Athens, Georgia, Your Irish Families book
has shipped !

3) Brenda M. Curry of Mattapoiset, MA., Your Families of County
Galway, has shipped !

4)  Donna Farley of Solomons, Maryland, Your Book of Irish
Families, has shipped !

5)  Virginia Mills of Archie, MO Your County Roscommon, Ireland
genealogy and family history notes have shipped !

6) Michael Boling of Mount Bruno, Australia your Armagh, Tipperary,
Birth Index, and Pynnars survey have shipped !

7) Thomas Smith of New Oxford, PA, your Cork book, Irish Families,
Irish Genealogies, and Fall of Irish Chiefs and Clans, have all
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Irish Family Name of the Day:

Todays family history in honor of member:
Dena Adams, searching for Smith and McKiernan

Related Spellings of the Name
Smithe, Smyth, Smythe, Gowan, Gowing, Goldrick, McCona, Mc Givney, etc..

Varient Spelling Groups: #728, #733, #1348, #1358, #1897, #1901, #3114
From The Guide to the Various Spellings of Irish Family Names

History of the Name
Smith is one of the most numerous names in England, Scotland
and America.  In Ireland the name ranks among the 10 most
numerous surnames.  In America Smith is the #1 name. The
spellings of Smyth and Smythe are found commonly in Ireland too
Families of the name have arrived here from several countries,
and it can be difficult to determine origins.    One Irish family of the
name can be found originally as MacGowan, not Smith.  In Co.
Cavan, many of the name are really Mac Gowans, their names
being translated into Smith.  Keating finds the them as Mac Gorhains
or Mac Gowans, driven into Donegal by the English, found in Leitrim
in Rossinver and Cavan. A part of the Clanna Rory.
Estate papers on the Smith family in Ireland are at the National
Library of Ireland in Dublin.

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)  We have five illustrations of ‘Smith’ coat of arms in the Book of Arms.
These include Dr. Arthur Smith of Dublin; Robert Smith baron Carrington;
Smith of County Meath; Smith of Glasshouse; of Bally Edmond, Co. Cork;
and of Mayo; most given with more specifics.  One family seems to have
Lions, and another seems to have Unicorns and another….. well you get
the idea, it can be a clue to origins !

Coming Up Later in this episode:
Dublin twinning with another far east capitol of ………
and Christmas in Killarney/
The Free Master online index at shows:
Listings for the name many times, here are a few examples:

1)   Name of Huguenot origin according to O’Hart
2)   Smith, alias Warren, in Families of County Kerry, Ireland.
3)   B. Smith in Co. Waterford genealogy & family history notes.
4)   J. Smith in our Monaghan and Meath genealogy books.
5)   ‘Smith of Cavan’ in the Tribes and Customs of Hy Fiachrach book
6)   Smith of Palmerstown, in the Families of Co. Dublin, Ireland.
7)    R. Smith in our Armagh and Meath/Westmeath books, etc….

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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)   What it means to be Irish Video by Storyteller.
Irish Story Teller, Kate Corkery, tells us what it means to be Irish.

2)   Christmas in Killarney song/ video…. go ahead and listen !

3)  Wexford Carol — Traditional Irish Christmas Hymn

4) Snow and Ice sledding in northern County Kerry !

5). Painting on Mount Everest with Irish Artist Phillip Gray

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Curious News and Notes, From Ireland today

1)  Quinn attacks Mount Everest.  Mark Quinn will be the youngest
Irish person to do so if successful, at age 27.  Current record holder
for Ireland is: Corkwoman Samantha Carroll, who did so at 28 yrs. old.

2)  Would you like to be buried with my people ?  Is a famous method of
proposing marriage in an Irish fashion according to some.  Places to
bury are disappearing in some places however:

3)  Name the baby giraffe at Dublin Zoo !  Go to the Dublin Zoo facebook
page and join in !

4)  Con Moriarty says Ice-climbing has increased in County Kerry
with the coming of extreme weather, they say it’s been over 20 years
since it was this good…. or bad if you hate the cold stuff….

5)   The Lord of the Dance himself, Michael Flatley has chosen Beverly
Hills as his main home, over the Barbados, London, and Castlehyde, Co. Cork.

6)  China continue to rise and now twinning of Dublin with Beijing in order
to attract Chinese businesses.

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