Joyce Genealogy; Michelle has N. Irish Roots; Belfast Librarian

187. Irish Family History Show Notes.
Among Todays Topics at the Irish Roots Cafe:

1)   Family of the Day:  Joyce
2)   Irish County of the Month:  Belfast & Co. Antrim
3)   Searching For:  Bridgeman, Hehir, Malone, O’Leary
4)   Curious News:  Belfast Librarian aids our caller
5)   CD background:  The History of Ireland
6)   Curious Note: Exams added to Irish Masters Program
7)   Michelle finds roots in N. Ireland through passport

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This Weeks Audio Timeline
Todays Topics:                    1:00
Notes from Mike:                 2:00
Interview with Michelle:
The Magnificent Seven:
Joyce Family History:
Irish History CD:

Total Time: 25:50
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Notes This Week:
What’s happening today at the Irish Roots Cafe

1) Exams added to our Irish Hedge School Masters Program.
Right now it looks like 25 questions will be included with
each CD program. 4 fields of study are done !  Two more
to go. (History of Ireland/ Irish America/ Irish Language and
Irish Videos are done). Now finishing up Irish Song and Irish
Genealogy !  writing out those questions as we speak….

2) Helped out at the Irish Museum this weekend with Promise,
quite a crowd gathered at Union Station to see the Diana
exhibit, and many dropped by the Irish Center.   Glad to see
that the folks remembered the Irish as well as the British

3)  Immersion workshop coming up in early June too !
They lock the doors and you can only speak Irish, or so they
say.  There will be some Sean Nós song as well, so don’t
miss it.  I am going to be there.

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Travel; History; Irish-America; or Irish language.

Todays we have an interview with Michelle, in place of the
podcast minute.  Michelle reports on her success in
passport application and family search in Ireland as a
result !  Let’s listen in….

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1) County Antrim and Belfast Ireland, genealogy and family
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Family Name of the Day….

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

1) Agnes Given Kurtz, of Arlington, VA, your Cork, Irish Families,
and Surnames of Ireland book have shipped !

2) Many thanks to Gould Genealogy, down under in Australia,
another shipment to our book dealer in Australia.  Be sure
to check them out if that’s your territory.

3) Thomas Hogan, Song and Recitation fest participant, hope
you are enjoying your CD !

4) Paula Hagan, welcome as a member from Lancashire, England.
searching for Bridgeman and Hehir in Co. Clare, Ireland.

5) Phillip Smith of Memphis, TN, welcome as a gold member !
Your gold member free choice, the birth index, is on its way.
Trying to locate family. David Hays b. Sept 1808 in Ireland.
He changed his name in America from O’Hays to Hays.
Fathers name John?

6) Craig Walsh of Tulsa, OK, your Donegal books have shipped !

7) Patricia Ensing, your Kings and Queens County books
have shipped.

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Irish Family Name of the Day:

Todays family history in honor of members:
Alice P. Shook; Kathleen Fulcher; Kerry Endon and more…

Related Spellings of the Name
Shoye; Cunnagher; Joice, de Jorse….

Varient Spelling Groups:   #967;
From The Guide to the Various Spellings of Irish Family Names

History of the Name
The Joyce, or de Jorse, family  came from Wales to Galway
in the reign of Edward I.  They formed alliances with the O’Flahertys,
chiefs of Connaught, and received large grants of land in
Connemarra, in the barony of Ross, and near the borders of Mayo a
large territory which is still known as Joyces’ country.  Here they are
‘very numerous to the present day’, and many of them were
remarkable for immense strength of body and gigantic stature.
They are also noted as one of the famous ‘Tribes of Galway’ which
are described in ‘The Families of Co. Galway, Ireland’ book.  There
are others centers for the name described in The Book of Irish
Families, great & small….

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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) Arms connected to this family are given in The Irish Book of Arms,
and you’ll see an Eagle with two heads, and I think that’s a wolf on
the crest…..
History of Ireland
CD of the Day

The fourth CD completed to date from our series, just finished up
last week.  We began the History of Ireland podcast in the last year
or so.  We had some good reference books on hand like the
Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters; Keatings “History of Ireland”
and the “Conquest of Ireland” and that’s to name a few that we have
produced over the last 30 years.
Peter Reillly Adams was co-host with me for the first season of the
Hedgerow History of Ireland.  His color commentary and decades
of teaching experience really added to the show.  We picked the
the top sessions to feature on this CD.
So, now, you can listen in on the go, in the car or in the backyard.
Share some of that history with the kids too now !
It’s available now at:

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