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From the Irish Roots Cafe and Hedge School

Sources for this article found at:
1)Hedge School entry for Irish Heraldry and Coats of Arms

2)The Irish Book of Arms, detail, contents

How Heraldic Records Can Help
Everyone wants to see the coat of arms
attached to their family name. Understandable.
This is true even though the man that
was issued those arms was no relation
to your family. (This is true even if heraldic
law says you have no right to them at all.)

Top Entries
When I compiled and updated the Irish Book
of Arms, it was interesting to note the most
numerous family names found in this resource:

Butler: 17 Hamilton: 15
Smith & Smyth(e): 13 Moore: 12
Bourk(e)+ Burke+ DeBurgh: 11
Fitzgerald; Boyle; Brown(e): 10 each
Barry: 9 Coote; Nugent; Stewart: 8 ea.

Following the above names, are those of
Plunket; Dillon; Annesley; Talbot; Gore;
Wilson; Percival; Lloyd; King; Knox; and
Jones, each with 6 or 7 listings each.
Obviously there are no names with ‘O’ or
‘Mac’ shown on the list of the top 20 most
numerous armigerous families.

Some family names with multiple listings,
or coats of arms shown, are not related
at all. Others are related but are younger
branches of the family. Slight changes in
coats of arms were common over the
When you see two completely different
coats of arms for the same family name
it may mean they are of completely
different origins, of course.
In either case, you need to research
your family to see if you are related
to the PERSON that was granted the arms.

Heralds Research
Now, the heralds job was to document
the armigerous families from generation
to generation. Give proof that they were
who they said they were.

Family History
You’ll find some entries in the heralds
work recording origins from outside
the country. Sometimes this is plain
politics. The Fitzgeralds may have
wanted to come from Italy originally
because it was trendy ? The Queen
of England even traced a distant
ancestor to the great Irish High King
Brian Boru. This of course, gave her
some ‘right’ to rule over the Irish ?

Generations Found
Now, if a book was written in the 17th
century, then the information for that
generation would likely be correct, for
people were alive who could directly
dispute it !

What You May Discover
To make a quick summary of what I
have found, you may find out which
family line was ‘royalty’ or ‘armigerous’.
You can also find mention of younger
branches of the family, names of
wives and children for several generations.
That is a rare find for dates back to the
17th century.

New Resources, old documents
When compiling the Irish Book of Arms, I included
the illustrated arms and genealogical notes found
in these resources. Some are worn and tattered:

Included in the Irish Book of Arms:
1. The Irish Compendium (1722)
2. The Peers of Ireland by Kimber(1768)
3. The Irish Peerage by DeBrett (1806)
4. The Visitations of Ireland (1897)
5. The original Irish Book of Arms
6. The archives of the Irish Genealogical Foundation.

More to learn
There is much more to learn, and I may
continue this article next week. Please do
check out the sources given at the top of
this entry, it continues the story.

Resource Note:
The Irish Book of Arms, Genealogy & Heraldry
($29.95) 1,000 illustrations in color and black
& white. 8 1/2 x 11. (0940134-86-1)

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Irish Roots Cafe: Genealogy and History. week 109

Among Todays Topics:

1)  The Irish Family Name of the Week is:  Hyland
2)   Stonehenge find in Ireland
3)  The Book of the Month is: The Irish Book of Arms
4)   Irish Song and Recitation Festival is on the air !
5)   Video of the Month: Irish Tartan Lies
6)   A Return to Irish Roots DVD launched !
7)   Irish Roots Fan page on Facebook.

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Notes from Mike:                2:04
Book of the Month:             6:11
The Magnificent Seven:      7:36
Irish Name of the Day:        9:04
Websites of the Week:       12:58
Curious News and Notes:  14:03

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1)  I have started up a page on FACEBOOK for Irish Roots Fans, so if you
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2)  Completed an interview with Jason Van Orden, which began with
an inquiry on Twitter.  We talk about using ‘new media’ in starting
up a community on the web, and about my Irish Roots Cafe on the web.
My Twitter user name is: IrishRootsCafe

3)  We have begun the Irish Song and recitation festival podcast !
I will sing my first song, let’s say rehearsal for the new CD to come….
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4)  Our new Return to Irish Roots DVD launched successfully last week.
Lots of genealogy, one of each of our audio podcast series, and a travelogue
from the old days from us.  Sort of a starting course on Irish Heritage !
This covers most of the types of things we have done to date, and would
also be a fun gift to someone who wants to know more about being Irish….
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Book of the Month:
The Irish Book of Arms
Including video: Irish Family Tartan Lies!
Watch Video on Irish Book of Arms page:
Coming Up:
Easter Saturday and a Fish….

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

1)  New Member Florence Duheme of Schenectady, NY – Welcome

2)  Jim Sterling of Napa, California, your birth index has shipped.

3) William Cooper of Kahuku, HI, your ‘Return to Irish Roots’ DVD has shipped

4) Gerard P. Drew, of Cocoa, Florida your Co. Cavan genealogy book shipped.

5) Tony Kennington of Cambridgeshire, UK, your Kilkenny genealogy shipped

6)  New Member Robyn M. Moore of Essex Junction, VT. Welcome !

7)  Zane D. Perry of Virginia Beach, VA, your Co. Kerry genealogy book shipped

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Irish Family Name of the Day:

Todays family history in honor of member:
Kimberly H. Ethridge searching for Hyland family, of Philadelphia, PA

Related Spellings of the Name
Hylan, Hylane, Hylan

Varient Spelling Groups: #2047, 944
(Taken from the Master Guide to the Various Spellings
of Irish Family Names)

History of the Name
Early records find this family in Waterford, and subsequently in the
surrounds of Co. Kilkenny.  The 1890 birth index finds the family name
spelled as Hyland most numerous in Mayo, Dublin and Queens.
When spelled as Hiland the name is given most often in Co. Antrim.

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)   None found as Hyland
Coming Up Later in this episode:
New Science said to have uncovered an Irish Stonehenge…..

The Free Master Index Search of Irish Names
at finds the family name  28 times
including the following examples :

1)  Hylane – Co. Tipperary genealogy and family history book.
2)  Francis Hyland – J. 24
3)  Hyland aka Whelan.
4)  Hylan and Hylane in the 1659 census of Ireland
5)  Hyland in the Birth index of Ireland
6)  Hyland in the Families of Co. Dublin Ireland
7)  also in Antrim, Waterford, Mayo, Kilkenny books…….

Websites of the Week:

1)  Hyland Family Genealogy Forum.

2)  Easter Saturday and a Funeral for a Fish !

3)  Secrets of the Stones – Stonehenge at Tara

Curious News and Notes

1)  ‘Secrets of the Stones’ is a special being shown on RTE.
They have found evidence of a large wooden structure similar to
Stonehenge !

2)  Leap of faith as crowds flock to fish shops and church services.
Spiritual needs to the fore as hard times descend ?

3)  Mayor Pat Crotty of Kilkenny city says it great to have something to
celebrate as the city turns 400 years old !

4)  The World Irish Dancing Championships were held in Philidelphia this
weekend, for the first time ever in the U.S.
Sean McDonagh, chairman for the commission, said the decision to move the competition to Philadelphia was based on the availability of facilities, including accommodation options, but also because Americans make up 75 per cent of competitors registered for this year’s championships.

5)  Irish women are the pickiest in Europe when it comes to love.
They demand intelligence, optimism and virility and then some…
as if we all didn’t know that already…

6)  Alan Healy and Bebhinn O’Keeffe it seems, met for the first time and
married minutes later as part of “Two Strangers and A Wedding” promotion –
part of a social experiment by a Waterford radio station !  Including a free
honeymoon in Portugal and a house in Wexford for 6 months.

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