Gelston genealogy; County Louth; Irish Film fest Maureen O’Hara

Irish Family History Show 191
Among Todays Topics at the Irish Roots Cafe:

1)   Family of the Day:  Guilsedon, Gilston
2)   Irish County of the Month:  County Louth
3)   Searching For: Dillan and Ronan
4)   Curious News:  Irish men rank last….?
5)   Web Page of the Month: Film Classics
6)   Curious Note: Pub owner selling castle.
7)   One minute podcast: Hedge School CD set release

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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) All kinds of things happening here…. just had the first
ever Traditional Irish Song Session (sing song) last week.
All kinds of songs, singers and music, so it went very well.
Some of the song variety: Rose of Clare, Black Velvet Band,
(Several I’ve forgotten), Mo Paistin Fionn, Sabhbh Ni
Bruennealla, Oro Se do Bheatha Bhaile,  Rura Lura Lura,
and The Irish National Anthem to end things up.
What a contrast !  Next one is July 3, First July Sunday.
At the Union Station, downstairs in the Irish Center.

2)  Immersion weekend for Irish culture and language and
Sean Nos song and dance, is coming up in just a few days.
plus more special events… Friday June 24 includes
Sean Nos Dancing and Singing.  All levels welcome, Brian
O’ Hart of Bua fame will be teaching in the western dialect.
Come for one day or all three !
Space is limited, so contact Renata at 816-474-3848 or to make your reservation! Link gives
more details on the museum web page.

3) Brownes Irish Street Faire is June 18, hours are 4 – 11.!events/vstc5=street-faire
North Americas Oldest Irish Store !

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Book of the Month:

1) County Fermanagh & Louth, Ireland, genealogy and family
history notes.

Families of Co. Louth displayed on the Map of the Four Masters,
(IGF edition).  Perhaps these families might want to buy
the castle I will mention towards the end of this podcast:
de    Birmingham
de    Gernon
Mac    Cann
O’    Branagan
O’    Carroll, P.
O’    Carragher
O’    Coleman
O’    Colman, C.
Mac    Kenny
O’    Kelly, C.
O’    Markey
O’    Scanlan, C.
Plunket, B.
Taaffe, E.
de    Verdon

Families of Co. Fermanagh on our Map of the Four Masters:
Mac    Caffrey
Mac    Enteggart
Mac    Garrahan
Mac    Donnell, C.
Mac    Gilfinnen, L.
Mac    Guire, P.
Mac    Gulshenan
Mac    Tiernan
Mac    Tully
O’    Breslin, (Brehon)
O’    Casey
O’    Cassidy, C.
O’    Coigley
Mac    Lennon
Mac    Leonard, L.
Mac    Manus
O’    Corcoran
O’    Corrigan
O’    Devin, L.
O’    Donnegan,
O’    Felan (Phelan)
O’    Flanagan, L.
O’    Gorman
O’    Heaney, C.
O’    Hosey
O’    Keenan, C.
O’    Luinin
O’    Meehan
O’    Muldoon, C.
O’    Mulrooney
O’    Tracy
O’    Tully

– end of excerpt from this weeks book –
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Coming Up:
Classic Film Festival in just a few days in Ireland….

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

1)  Chairman Muntean of Glendale, CA, your County Meath
and Westmeath genealogy notes has shipped !

2)  Marcia Mulcahy of Cape Girardeau, MO, your ‘Families
of County Cork, Ireland’ has shipped !

3)  John Fagan of Navan, Co. Meath, your County Meath
and Westmeath genealogy notes have shipped !

4)  Rosemary Albright of Powell, OH, your County Tyrone,
Ireland genealogy book and placenames book have shipped !

5) Brian Rowley of Macon, GA, your County Galway, Ireland
book, birth index, and Irish placename books have shipped.

6)  John Lawlor of Edina, MN, your Kings and Queens
County Ireland genealogy book has shipped !

7)  Welcome new member Peter Dillon of Grovetown, GA.
I’ve been researching the Dillon and Ronan families.  Mine came
to the U.S. by way of Argentina, and there is a fascinating history
of how the Irish came to Argentina in the 1840s.  My quest now
is to trace the families back in Westmeath and Offaly

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Irish Family Name of the Day:
Guilsedon or Gilston

Todays family history in honor of member:
Gold Member Brenda Gregory of Vermont
Looking for James Guilsedon, b. July 11, 1858. Julia Slattery
b. Dec. 25, 1866, father Patrick Slattery, mother Catherine

Possible Related Spellings of the Name:
Gelson, Gelston, Galston, Ghelson, Gilleston…..

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

History notes on the Name
Note that Several names that begin with ‘Guil’ are given to
be of Huguenot origin in Ireland and England.  We also see
‘Gilsenan’ as a long shot, possibly an origin in an isolated
Gilston is a village located near the town of Harlow and the village
of High Wych, in the East Hertfordshire district, in the county of
Hertfordshire, England.  But lets look at Griffiths Valuation next.

Gilston is found in Griffiths Valuation for County Antrim 1861-62
Samuel, Cromac Townparks, Montgomery Street, Shankill

John Gelston says there are two distinct groups of Gelstons in Ireland:
1) Presbyterian, in north County Down (east Belfast),
2) Catholic, Downpatrick/Ballynahinch area, mainly post 1800

If you can provide some information about your Gilston/
Gelston ancestors John Gelston says he may be able to help you.
(- per John Gelston on his web page)

Some give Gelston as the root of the name, and we find that
in our Names of Irish Passengers to America book, as well as
variant spelling group #689.

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)    None given under the exact spelling

Coming Up Later in this episode:
Irish men come in last on this web site ?
The Free Master online index at shows:
Listings for the name a few times, here are a few examples:

1)   Gelston in ‘Guide to the spellings of Irish Family Names’
2)   Gelson in ‘’              ‘’                        ‘’                            .
3)   Gelshinan in Irish Names and Surnames by Woulfe.
4)   William H. Gelshenen in JAIHS v. 24
5)   Gelston in our ‘Names of Irish Passengers to America’ book
6)   The exact ‘Gilston’ spelling had no hits in our book database.
7)   The exact ‘Guilsedon’ spelling had no matches.

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) Clips from the Classic Film Festival at Glengarriff. Video

2)  Ardee, Ireland, near the Castle for sale. Video

3)  Interview with Kieth Whelan by Mary McGill. (The Naked Adventurer)

4)  Climbing Everest – Adventure Interview with Basil Geoghegan

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Curious News and Notes, From Ireland today

1)  Geoff Chambers of Co. Armagh climbed Mt. Everest, and notes the
bodies he passed on the way up, or down, as it may be…

2)  It seems the Irish and Polish men have the worst luck on an online
dating site that places highest values on looks…. so what does that mean?
Only 9% Irish are accepted, maybe they are to smart to jump through hoops..

3)  Maureen O’Hara has invited everyone to Glengarriff in West Cork.
It is supposed to be Europes biggest ‘classic film’ festival…. It’s a 10
day festival from June 17- 26, with some of the best old films with
Bogart and Monroe, John Wayne, Bergman and Flynn…. lots of
behind the scenes info too….

4)  Northern Irish scientists have been collecting venom from snakes
and scorpions and more, and may have discovered treatments for
up to 70 potentially deadly conditions…

5)  Keith Whelan, known as the naked adventurer, was trying to become
the youngest man to row the Indian Ocean, but a large wave ended it….

6)   Irish Castle on 30 acres in Co. Louth is for sale by local pub owner.
It is just outside of Ardee known as Knockabbey Castle.  In 1988 Cyril O’Brien
paid 475,000 pounds for it and then refurbished it.

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