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Irish Families Worldwide History and Genealogy. week 84
Among Todays Topics:
1) Houston is the name of the day
2) County Dublin is the Book of the week.
3) Searching for Donahue, Holmes, Plunkett, Reaney and Brown.
4) Swords Historical Society
5) Half-Hanged McNaughten
6) 1871 census records released
7) Mad Dogs Motorcycle Club
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Timeline for this weeks audio broadcast:
This Weeks Topics: :35
Notes from Mike: 2:10
Book of the Month: 6:35
The Magnificent Seven: 9:05
Irish Name of the Day: 11:40
Website of the Week: 14:25
Curious News and Notes:15:45
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Notes This Week
I am enquiring whether you know anything of the Reaney
( Ree-Knee ) surname. We are Catholic based in Mayo. We
are told the name is from Leitrim, then Westmeath and have
found many Celtic tales of O Raighne our Irish name in books.
Are you aware of where the name comes from, is it Celtic, Norman
or Viking? Any help is greatly appreciated.
Most of what I have is on my web page
I think there are a couple of names that
can be confused with Reaney, such
as Rainey, which is most often considered
of English extraction. Most of my records
show that name in the north.
The O before the name would of course
seem to rule out Norman or Viking – but
sometimes the O was dropped or added
to names without reason, as I am sure you
I’ll see if I can put your question on one of
All the best,
2) Tuam, County Galway.
I have been researching my ancestral background now for three years
and have finally traced my G.G.Grandfather back to Tuan, County Galway.
Could you please advise me which would be the best method to find
exactly where he would have lived .Or which ancestry site would be the
most suitable. We live in Sheffield, England.
Many thanks for your time
P.L.Gillespie ( nee Walsh)
3) 1871 Census
World Vital Records have released the 1871 UK census. This is in addition
to 1841, 1861, 1881 and 1891. I believe the ‘world collection’ requires
$100 or so to gain access to, but I have not confirmed that.
The Collection also has records from Ireland, Europe, Australia, New Zealand,
Canada and the US.
4) I just heard John McCain in the first presidential debate
say that Ireland has a much lower tax rate for business than the U.S.,
Barack OBama spoke back saying with all the loopholes in the U.S.
that U.S. businesses really paid less…….
Books of the Month
1) The Families of County Dublin, Ireland
Here is a sample extract from this book:
“Many of us doing research on Irish families in the Dublin area have
run into a brick wall while looking for births/ deaths/ marriages in the
mid 1700’s to the 1850’s…
I suggest you look into sources like the registers of the Rotunda
Maternity Hospital, a charity operation that was begun around 1756.
The rumors suggesting that all Irish children were born at home was
simply not true. The LDS (Latter Day Saints) Family Research Centers
have films available which recorded most of the Registers of Labour
Patients from 1797 to 1882. Each woman who checked into the hospital
gave her name, age, husbands name and occupation, parish they were
in , entry date, delivery date, sex of child, and in a few cases the
christening name of the child. “
2) County Dublin, Ireland, genealogy and family history notes.
County Dublin Families on the 4 Masters Map
What families were in the county in earlier days ? This
might provide a clue to the locations of your family today.
Here are some of the families given on the Map in the History
of Ireland by the 4 Masters: (Connellan translation. 2003, I.G.F.)
E. = Earl, L.=Lord, C. = chieftain:
St. Laurence, B.
Mac Gi’lamocholmoge, L
O’ Kelly, P.
-end of extract from The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters-
Coming Up Later in this episode
The Story of Half-Hanged McNaughten.
Time to raise our eyes skywards, give thanks, and ask for help !
Here are todays “Magnificent Seven” :
1) New gold member Karolyn Zois, of Kennebunk, ME
Researching family line of Capt. Francis Houston. b.- mid to late 1600’s.
d.-. 1729. Married, Elizabeth (Margaret) Edwards, (nee. Gunning) 1710
in Dublin. Francis’ father was George Houston. Trying to trace George
and who and where he was from. Would like to trace them back to Scotland.,
2) New member Steve Andrisevic of Kansas City, MO
Donahue of Kansas City and of Glenflesk, Ireland.
3) New member John Holmes of Wentworth Falls, New South Wales
I am a decendent of Holmes from ireland & am stuck on finding
4) New Member Moya Hawthorn of Wichester, Hampshire, United
Kingdom. Plunkett and Brown Family History.
5) Thanks to the Library of Congress,Washington DC
for ordering ‘Missouri Irish’
6) Margaret Morgan of Bray Park, Australia, your two books on
County Limerick and the Book of Irish Families have shipped.
7) Cecilia Fabos-Becker of San Jose California.
Your Irish Families book, Clare genealogy book and 1659 census shipped.
Check out more of our online search list
Thanks to all of our members – without you these
podcasts would not be possible – !
Irish Family Name of the Day:
Todays family history in honor of member:
Karolyn Zois as given earlier in this show.
Searching for info on George Houston…
Related Spellings of the Name:
Variant spelling groups #921, #940
Huston, Hewson, Houstin, Howison, McHugh, M’Taghlan, M’Houstone
Taken from the Master Guide to Spellings of Irish Family Names
History of the Name
The Houston family of Orangefield, and of Roddens, Co. Down,
are given in the Irish Book of Arms. The birth index of 1890 finds
the family centered in Antrim, Londonderry, Armagh and Down.
copyright 2007, IGF, based in part upon
The Book of Irish Families, great and small
Irish Family Coats of Arms
Here is some of the information given in the Irish Book of Arms
1) Houston of Grangefield, County Down with illustrated arms
The Free Master Index Search of Irish Names
at Irishroots.com finds the family — times
including the following examples :
1) 1659 census
2) Birth index of Ireland
3) ‘Houtson’, M. found in Co. Donegal genealogy & family history book
4) ‘Houstone’ found in ‘The Scottish Macs’ book.
5) Two listings in County Derry genealogy book
6) Two listings in County Down genealogy book
7) Multiple listings in the Names of Irish Passengers to America book.
Websites of the Week:
1) Swords, Co. Dublin, Historical Society
Address: Carnegie Library, North St., Swords, Co. Dublin
Tel: 353 (1) 8400080 Fax: 353 (1) 8400080
Contact: Bernadette Marks
Opening Hours: All year round. 1pm-4.30pm Monday-Friday.
By appointment only outside opening hours.
Among other items, The above is a site for :
The following Roman Catholic Parishes are available there:
(None from 24/12/1799 to 8/2/1800) 1761-1899
(None from 29/8/1801 to 9/1/1803 and from 21/6/1867 to 9/2/1869)
Garristown 1857-1899 1857-1899
Malahide 1856-1900 1856-1899
Naul/Ballyboughal 1832-1899 1833-1899
Rolestown/Oldtown 1857-1899 1857-1899
Skerries 1751-1899 1751-1899
(None from 27/12/1835 to 2/6/1802) 1763-1899
(None from 7/7/1777 to 2/6/1802)
Rush 1785-1899 1785-1899
(None from 22/11/1834 to 1/1/1835) 1701-1899
(None from 12/1/1801 to 18/3/1802 and 10/11/1856 to 2/2/1857)
Finglas 1812-1899 1812-1899
(None from 19/5/1760 to 27/11/1784 and 22/8/1800 to 12/1/1801)
(None for Baldoyle from 26/12/1807 to 4/7/1824) 1784-1899
Clontarf/Coolock/Raheny 1771-1899 1771-1880
Arran Quay/Glasnevin 1731-1878 1732-1900
Blanchardstown 1771-1878 1771-1899
These Church of Ireland Parish Registers are available here:
Church of Ireland Parishes
Parish Baptisms Marriages Deaths
Swords 1750-1899 1793-1863 1750-1899
Balrothery 1782-1888 1845-1899 1782-1888
Holmpatrick (Skerries) 1779-1899 1779-1899 1770-1899
Balbriggan 1850-1889 1852-1899
Lusk 1809-1899 1809-1899 1822-1899
Donabate 1811-1899 1811-1899 1814-1899
Kilsallaghan/Clonmethan/Naul 1806-1899 1847-1899 1817-1884
2) The Houston Family
Notes on the family of General Sam Houston, whose
father was said to be born in Scotland but died in Ireland.
Curious News and Notes
1) The National Ploughing Championships were held recently
in County Kilkenny, with a record 208,000 attendance. It caused
such congestion that they set aside 400 acres for parking !
Next years contest will be in Athy, Co. Kildare.
2) Old Lucky,
“Half-Hanged McNaughten “ it seems that John McNaughten
married one Mary Ann Knox of Prehen House in County Down.
Mr. McNaughten was found guilty of murdering his wife and was
hanged unsuccessfully 3 times. He could have set himself free by
law at that time, but chose to be hanged a fourth time, which was
successful. He has been known as ‘half hanged McNaughten” ever
3) The Mad Dogs motorcycle club covered all 32 counties in Ireland
in under 18 hours of riding and raised some 5,800 pounds for a
childrens charity in the fight against cancer. The Mad Dogs are
found in Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh.
4) The Irish National Hot Air Ballooning championships are just
being held, and Joe Daly was set to command a 90,000 cubic feet
balloon with the ‘Discover Waterford’ Logo.
5) The biggest beer fest in Ireland will be held in Galway the weekend
of October 25. Perhaps the Mad Dogs motorcycle club will be there along
with a few hot air balloons, a few ploughmen, and “Half-hanged McNaughten”.
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