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Show 151 advance notes for Mondays Podcast
Among Todays Topics at the Cafe:

1)  Family of the Day:  Trainor
2)  Willie Clancy Video of the week
3)  Parade on the shortest street in the world.
4)  Searching for Black, Callan, Coyne, Meagher, Osborne
5)  Scottish Census coming online next year
6)  Irish County of the Month: Monaghan
7)  Audio of the week: Research Tours of Dublin, Kildare, Leix.

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This Weeks Audio Timeline

Todays Topics:                    1:00
Notes from Mike:                 2:00
1 Minute Audio/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) We’re back up on with our Irish blog.
Take a look at that introduction: whew- ‘Michael is the worlds
leading expert on ’…. well, you’ll have to take a look at it
Would I have a big target on my back now ….?

2)  Still getting  a bit of feedback on those who want to
change the Irish National Anthem to another tune altogether.
I have to admit it took me by surprise – that song has more
implications to some folks – implications I thought were just
referring to history…

3)  Next we have a phone message from Bernadette, a listener
who offers research tour help in Kildare, Leix, and Dublin:

One Minute Podcast
Let’s take a listen to one of our 8 other podcast series (or
audio from callers to our phone line.)
Covering Song; Recitation; Travel; History; Irish-America;
or Irish language.

Todays Audio extract is from caller:

Todays audio is taken from our phone recorder. Bernadette
calls in with a special guided travel and research service for
Counties Dublin, Kildare and Leix.  For more info contact
her directly at:
(we are not affiliated with the above, but offer this notice as
a service to our listeners – per Mike, your podcast host.)

For more Irish podcasts, go to:

Irish Family History:
Photo Enhanced version:
Irish in America:      
Irish Song /recitation:
Irish Video Shorts:
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Book of the Month:

1)  County Monaghan Genealogy and Family History Notes
About this book:

What this book does This work includes copies of actual records
(some worn, torn and faded), from the IGF Library. It also includes
rough sketches of family coats of arms and notes from centuries past
– seldom found elsewhere. The resources provided here will help
research any family in the county, including old Irish families, and
settler families from England, Scotland, Wales and the continent.
This book is a hands on guide for finding your family in Monaghan-
some family history is included – but it is not a gigantic collection of
family histories . (For that see ‘The Book of Irish Families, great &
small’, the first book in the Irish Families series by O’Laughlin.)

The Irish Families Project for Monaghan The Master book to the
29 volume Irish Families series is ‘The Book of Irish Families, great
& small’. That book gives hundreds of family histories from County
Monaghan, and the surrounding areas. ” County Monaghan Genealogy
and Family History Notes”, volume 22 in the series, expands upon
that coverage with added families and new resources just for Monaghan.
(In this way both books can work together as a set if desired, or they
may be used independently for research.)

Most Numerous Families
The most numerous families here in the 19th century were:


Old Monaghan Families Some of the old Irish families of Monaghan
were : O’Byrne; Boylan; McWard; Treanor; MacArdle- MacArdell;
MacGilmartin; Callan; McNany-McNeny; Mc Gowan (Smith); Finnegan;
Cassidy; McPhillip also changed to Phillips. Settler names included
Davidson; Stewart; Buchanan; MacKenzie; Cameron; Walker;
Patterson; Sinclair; and McCutcheon.

P a r t   T w o
The complete existing returns from the ‘census’ of 1659,
also showing the methods of spelling family names and place names
at that time in history. This census is organized by parish, townland
and name of Tituladoe, along with count of people, English and Irish.
The full names of tituladoes are given, such as Richard Blaney;
Thomas Wyatt, Nicholas, Owen, Mathew Boyd, John Thomas, John
Forster… and so on, and this is repeated for each barony. These
tituladoes are tied to specific townlands. Furthermore, at the end of
this census there is a list of ‘Principall Irish Names and Their Number’,
listing names as:McArdell 20, O Boyle and Boyle 9, O Beggan 12,
O Boylan 13, O Brynan 9, and so on. It is important to note that the
spellings of place names and family names changed over time. The
researcher should be aware of minor changes in the spelling of his

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. Among the families with rough
sketches of coats of arms included are: Blaney; Robert Cunninghame,
Thomas Dawson of Dawson’s Grove; Fitzherbert of Shantonagh; Hall
of Rowantree house; Hamilton of Cornacassa; Kane of Drumreaske;
Leslie of Glasslough; Lewis of Inniskeen; Lucas-Scudamore of Castle
Shane; and Madden of Hilton Park….and so on

P a r t  Four
Families history notes from older works, including pedigrees of
Clancy of Dartry; MacKenna of Truagh; Kane of Drumreaske; Duffy;
Lawlor; and MacMahon of Drumgiston. A list of forfeiting proprietors
from the 17th century is included as well.

Parish Names in County Monaghan. The parish is an important
subdivision of the county. Parish records can be vital to research in
the county. The following modern parishes are listed as in Co.
Monaghan in this work: Aghabog, Aghnamullen, Ballybay, Clones,
Clontibret, Currin, Donagh, Donaghmoyne, Drummully, Drumsnat,
Ematris, Errigal Trough, Inishkeen, Killanny, Killeevan, Kilmore,
Magheracloone, Magheross, Monaghan, Muckno, Tedavnet, Tehallan
and Tullycorbet. Some old townlands are given as Ballinlogh, Ballinure,
Bally Kelly, Ballyloghan, and Carnebane. Keep in mind the spelling of
place names and parishes can change over time. Be flexible in your
research when looking for these names.

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,
V = Viscount, B.= Baron:

Devereux, E. Hughes Mac Ardell, Chief Mac Cabe, C. Mac Donnell,
C. Mac Gilmichael, C. Mac Gilroy O’ Boylan, C. O’ Cassidy O’ Connolly,
C. Mac Kenna, L. Mac Mahon, L. Mac Mahon, P. Mac Neney Mac Oscar,
C. Mac Quade O’ Duffy, C. O’ Hoey O’ Marron, and O’ Neny.

(end of extract fromt this weeks book on Co. Monaghan)
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Coming Up:
Irish Piper Willie Clancy on Video with Fiddler

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

1)   Virginia Charest of Tampa, FL, your Families of Galway and
County Galway genealogy and family history notes shipped !

2)  Welcome member Elizabeth Harper of Queensland, Australia
William Black bc 1795 married ??? c 1820(possibly Margaret??)
Not known where married,but lived in Kildress,Co Tyrone where
5 sons were born. Joseph, John,Archibald,Andrew and Robert.

3) Hilda Pardee, of Greensboro, NC, your ‘Surnames of Ireland’
with 200 family location maps has shipped !

4) Jarold G. Abbott of Port St. Lucie, Florida, your County
Antrim Genealogy and Family history notes has shipped.

5)  Howard Worley of Saxonburg, PA, your County Kerry
genealogy books have shipped !

6)  Member Charlotte Kazmier of Wildomar, CA your County
Cavan and County Antrim genealogy books have shipped !

7)  Welcome member Mary (Callan) Coyne of Thorndale, PA.
Searching for: Callan of Monaghan; Coyne of Roscommon;
Meagher of Tipperary; Osborne of Limerick.

Check out our online search list at:

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podcasts would not be possible –  !
Sponsors are welcome and needed.

Irish Family Name of the Day:

Todays family history in honor of member:
William J. Trainor of Sugar City, Colorado

Related Spellings of the Name
Treanor, Trainor, Trainer, Mc Trenor, Traynor, Armstrong, Crainor

Varient Spelling Groups:   1980….
From The Guide to the Various Spellings of Irish Family Names

History of the Name
Originally found with a ‘Mac’ before the name, the Trainor
family is traditionally linked to the old geographical division
of Oriel and the North of Ireland.
In Irish the name of Mac Traynor is said to mean “son of the
strong “, hence some adopted the English name of Armstrong.
Mac Lysaght gives the spelling of Mac Crainor as a variant of
the name, as the “t” at the beginning of the root name is
aspirated in gaelic, we have no reports of this however.
We find the use of ‘Mc Trenor’ as a spelling in the 1659 census
and the Trainor name is also found in the Irish Birth Index.

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)   Not given in the Irish Book of Arms

Coming Up Later in this episode:
Where is the worlds Shortest St. Patricks Day Parade?
On the shortest street in the world according to Ripleys…
The Free Master online index at shows:
Listings for the name several times, here are a few examples:

1)   The Families of County Dublin, Ireland.         (volume 7)
2)   County Antrim Genealogy and family history notes  (v9)
3)   County Tyrone Genealogy and family history notes  (v26)
4)   County Armagh Genealogy and family history notes (v10)
5)   County Monaghan Genealogy and family history notes. (v22)
6)   Names of Irish Passengers to America.
7)   Irish Names and Surnames by Rev. Patrick Woulfe.

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)  Brennan family returns to Co. Monaghan, Ireland.
May 2001 trip to visit Ireland. Kathleen, Margaret and Thomas
Brennan visit County Monaghan where their parents were born,
set to music.

2)   Databases online that contain the Trainor surname

3)  Worlds Shortest St. Patricks Day Parade  (short video)
About equal to the walk around the block that we take each year

4) Willie Clancy on Irish Pipes /Joe Leary with Fiddle

see also our Irish Video Shorts at:

Curious News and Notes, From Ireland today

1)  The shortest St. Patricks Day Parade ?
It may be the Hot Springs Arkansas walk across 98 foot long
Bridge Street, which was once the shortest street in the world
according to Ripleys.

2)  Library and Archives Canada
This website is a portal to various resources on Irish heritage
and culture available at Library and Archives Canada and
elsewhere on the Internet. It is also a guide to Ottawa Irish
Festival activities at Library and Archives Canada (LAC).

3)  Music, Dance and Language at Willy Clancy Summer School
03 July 2010 – 11 July 2010
The Willie Clancy Summer School promotes the study, practice
and appreciation of Irish traditional music, song and dance. The
Willie Clancy Summer School was established in 1973 to
commemorate the Miltown Malbay uilleann piper, Willie Clancy

4)  1911 Scottish Census is being imaged and indexed and may
be available as early as April of 2011 according to reports.

5)    Names recovered of Famine Irish who died in Toronto,
Canada. In 1847 over 38,000 Irish men, women and children
landed on the shores of Toronto. Over 1,100 did not survive
and died upon their arrival. At the outset of this project there
were only 30 names, we are pleased to have uncovered
a total to date of 675

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Irish Genealogy and History Shownotes. episode 126
From the Irish Roots Cafe at

Among Todays Topics:

1)  Manatt is the Irish Family Name of the Day
2)  How to spell Your Irish Name
3)  Irish in Canada
4)  Save the Rural Irish Pub
5)  America switch from Scotland to Ireland in protest
6)  Irish Visitors to U.S. down
7)  First person killed in auto accident was…..

Timeline for this weeks audio broadcast:

This Weeks Topics:             1:05
Notes from Mike:                1:53
Family History Tips:           9:34
The Magnificent Seven:     16:05
Irish Name of the Day:      18:32
Websites of the Week:       21:59
Curious News and Notes:  23:20

Total Time: 27:52
Notes This Week:

1)  In talking with Lisa from Genealogygems podcast she
mentioned a listener with Hickson and Carey roots from Co.
Kerry and of an U.S. obituary which apparently noted that it
should be reprinted in Montreal papers.  Here is my audio note
back to Lisa in hopes of helping out another researcher.
(Listen to the audio broadcast 24 hours a day at
We mention a possible source for Hicksons in Ireland as:
Mary Agnes Hickson in 1872 wrote Kerry Records 2v set, and in the Kerry
Evening Post

I Also noted immgrants at Grosse Ile in Canada:
This database includes information on 33,026 immigrants whose names
appear in surviving records of the Grosse-Île Quarantine Station between
1832 and 1937. Names were extracted from different kind of documents.

Another source in our database: Library and Archives Canada:
Immigrants to Canada
Library and Archives Canada holds a number of lists that have been
identified and indexed by name in a database, formerly known as our Miscellaneous Immigration Index. Many of the records relate to
immigrants from the British Isles to Quebec and Ontario, but there are
also references to settlers in other provinces. The database also includes
other types of records such as lists of the Irish settlers brought to the
Peterborough area of Ontario in the early 1820s, the declarations of aliens
for Lower Canada and names of some Irish orphans.

If your researching in County Kerry, be sure to check out these Kerry Books:
Families of County Kerry, Ireland:
County Kerry Genealogy, Family History

2)  Our shipment of the Irish Families Project, the 34 book set
on Irish Family History and genealogy, to Gould Genealogy is
off, and I imagine it should arrive within the next month or so.
For our Australian folks, be sure to check them out !  They
now have our books on every Irish county available.

3)  We were happy to be interviewed by Cindy Thomson of
Cindyswriting on Twitter.  The interview was for Internet-
Genealogy magazine.  Our thanks to Cindy, enjoyed it!  Look
forward to reading the next issue.

4) Our blog at has started. Here is the page:

Beginning Your Irish Family History Search

Part  4 of a 10 part series

Spelling Your Irish Name

Bet You Can’t
Think you know the ‘proper’ spelling of your name ?
You probably do not. Please remember that Irish names
were originally spelled in the Irish language. So Flaherty
was originally something like: O Flaitbeartaig…

The ‘correct’ Spelling
So tell me now, what is the proper spelling of that name
when changing in into English ?  You might spell it Flagherty,
your brother might spell it Floherty, and your uncle might
spell it Flareherty.  You could be related to someone who
todays spells it a ‘different’ way.

Coming to Blows
I have seen an O’Conner come to blows, as he was certain
he was not related to any O’Connor, especially the one that
lived down the street.  The chief herald had the same type
of problem generations ago – explaining to one O’Connor
family that they were related to an O’Conner family.  And the
chief herald of Ireland had the proof in writing !
( per The Irish Book of Arms )

Your 5 Minute Task
1. Sit down with pen and paper
2. Say your name outloud
3. Now spell your name 5 different ways.  (it is possible)

Think Childlike
Think like a third grader, and go by the ‘sound’ of the name.
Need help ? Any double letter, can become a single letter,
as in Conell and Conel.  Any ‘y’ can be changed to an ‘ey’
as in Cary changed to Carey.  The vowels in your name can
be changed easily from one to another as in Barry or Berry.
Mac and O before names can be dropped or added at will.

It Was Not Important
The fact is, in earlier generations the spelling of your name
was not that important. A person could go for quite awhile
and never spell his name at all.  I have seen ‘learned’ people
go to pains to spell a name several different ways within a
legal document !
Things today are very different. We all sign papers daily, and
you might be charged with fraud by a battery of attorneys if
you playfully decided to change the spelling of your own name.

The Point
This means your name could have been spelled differently
not only by the folks at Ellis Island, but by record keepers
in Ireland, and by the different members of your own family !
So keep an eye out for similar ‘sounding’ names when looking
through records for your ancestors.  Every once in awhile it
will come in handy.

Mac and Mc Names
Let’s settle this one quickly.  ‘Mc’ is just an abbreviation for ‘Mac’.
Your family may use one or the other, but they stand for the same
thing in the Irish, basically meaning ‘son of’.
Both forms are used in Ireland. Both forms are used in Scotland.

‘O’ Names
On the other hand, names that start with an ‘ O’ ’ are normally
native to Ireland.

Related Source Books:
Names that begin with Mac, Mc, and O

The Scottish Macs:

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Coming Up:
What kind of giant ‘monster’ fish was caught near Donegal ?

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

1) Welcome Gold member Rebecca Anne Ford of Colville, WA.
Your Return to Irish Roots DVD has shipped. Searching for:
Robert Manatt left Belfast in 1812 also, Ambrose Buchanan b.
about 1814 Co. Tyrone, Ireland. son James b. 1837 in Dunham,
Quebec, Canada.

2)  Erin Brannagan of New Milford, NJ,  your Irish Families shipped.

3)  Ray McHale of Sydney, Australia, your County Mayo genealogy
book has shipped.

4)  Leona Butler of San Jose, California welcome as a member and
your Kings and Queens County genealogy has shipped.

5)  Anita Bedore of Napanee, Canada, your Passenger List and Co.
Tryone genealogy book have shipped.

6)  Br. Barry Hall of Rossmoyne, Australia your County Kilkenny
genealogy book has shipped.

7) Marsha Hogan of Worcester, MA, welcome as a member !
Searching for: family of Michael Shannon of Wexford. He came to
Jacquet River, New Brunswick, Canada in 1822.

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:
Rebecca Anne Ford

Related Spellings of the Name
Mannatt, Manet, Manett, Menatt, Mennatt, Menautt,
M’ Kneight, McNatt, Manix, Menaght, Minett, Minnitt

Varient Spelling Groups:   1415, 1539
(Taken from the Master Guide to the Various Spellings
of Irish Family Names)

History of the Name
The Rev. Patrick Woulfe gives the similar spellings of Mannight,
Menaght, Menautt, Minett, and Minnitt as originally of Scottish
origin from the area of Lochow. One branch of the family is
found recorded in Co. Antrim, Ireland, and was of some note.
Robert Manatt was born in County Down, Ireland, and in 1812
became a resident of Pennsylvania. Some years afterward he
removed with his family to Holmes county, Ohio, where his wife
died. Later he brought his children to Iowa, living for a time in
Washington county and afterward in Brooklyn…
“History of Franklin County, Iowa“
by I. L. Stuart. 2 vols. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1914.

Robert Manatt (1792–1864) emigrated fron Co. Down, Ireland, to Poweshiek Co., IA.

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)  Not Given in the Irish Book of Arms


Coming Up Later in this episode:
1911 Irish Census online complete

The Free Master Index Search of Irish Names
at finds the family name 15 times
including the following examples :

1)   Menautt in Master Guide to Spelling of Irish Family Names
2)   Menautt in Birth Index of Ireland
3)   Menautt in Irish Names and Surnames by Woulfe
4)   Menaght in Master Guide to Spelling of Irish Family Names
5)   Minet in Names of Huguenot origins (per O’Hart)


Websites of the Week:

1)   The Irish in Canada

2)   Library and Archives Canada

3)  Photos of Immigration, ships and stations in Canada

4)  The 1911 Irish census now online complete for all of Ireland.

Curious News and Notes

1)  Did you know that the first person killed in a motoring
accident on the road was in 1869 in Ireland.  It was in Birr,
Co. Offaly and the victim was Mary Ward.

2)  Save the Irish Pub campaign has been launched by the Irish
Vinters Association, due to closings and job losses.  Among
suggestions are reducing taxes and raising the legal limit for

3)  The crew never saw anything like it. 5 ft long and 6 ft. high.
It was a ‘monster sunfish’ caught by the MFV Northern Celt
from Greencastle, Co. Donegal.  It was caught about 25 miles
NW of Malin Head.  It is reported that some can weigh up to 2
tons and can be up to 11 feet.

4)  Irish visitors to the US down 50,000 Jan to May.
A total of 464,000 are expected for the year en total.

5)  Jerry Garcia of the Grateful dead had an Irish mother with
the surname of Clifford.  His father was Joe Garcia (Jose Ramon)

6)   It appears hundreds of U.S. tourists are switching to Ireland
from Scotland, as a protest of the release of the Lockerbie bomber
who was convicted of murdering the passengers and crew….

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