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Show 206 Today at the Irish Roots Cafe:

1)  Scarce Name of the Day: Rock
2)  Searching: Calvey, O’Hare, McCord, Jackson
3)  County of the Month: County Derry, Ireland
4)  Song of the Day: Were you at the Rock ?
5)  News: Irish Genealogy record updates
6)  Curious: Facebook reconnects after 20 yrs.
7)   Top 4 Christmas Foods of the Irish people.

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This week at the Cafe:

1)  So busy, and glad to be alive but sometimes….
Our Sean Nós song practice is going well and it
looks like we now have one more in the area in
training. that makes 3 or 4 in a city of 1 million+ ?

2) On the frustrating side, my guaranteed monthly
rate on my health insurance policy, is paid every
month for decades.  The day before Thanksgiving
I get a notice that they are canceling the policy by
leaving the state.  Excuse me, we had a contract
which I lived up to for years and years… and they
are still in business elsewhere.  I don’t expect
any help from government regulators, as they likely
want to become my insurance company (against
my will !).  Glad to get that off my chest….

3) Suzanne called our message line and asked when
we might do a podcast on the name ‘Cronnelly’.
We normally do the Name of the Week according
to what members are researching, so eventually
it will come up.  We of course, do publish a book
by a ‘Cronnelly’, I believe it’s the history of the
families of the Clanna Rory…available immediately!
Coming Up:
Which 4 foods are tops for Christmas in Ireland ?
“Oh father dear, I oft times hear, you speak of
Erins Isle, her valleys green, her lofty scenes,
her mountains rude and wild.. so why did you
abandon it – the reason do me tell”.- Skibeereen

Coming Up Later :
Lost U.S. item washes up on Kerry Beach
20 years later !  How they found the owner….

The #1 Irish genealogy publisher in the world !
Book of the Month:
County Derry Genealogy and Family History…
To Order, or For More Information go to:

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 f
amily 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
Derry – 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.)

The Irish Families Project for Derry
“County Derry Genealogy and Family History Notes”,
volume 13 in the series, expands upon that coverage
with added families and new resources just for Derry.
(In this way both books can work together as a set if
desired, or they may be used independently.)

Most Numerous Families
Among the most numerous families
here in the 19th century were:
Doherty, Dougherty, Daugherty,
McLaughlin, McLoughlin, Laughlin,
Kelly, Kelley, Kellie,
Bradley, Bradly, Bradely,
Browne, Brown (Broune),
McCloskey, MacCluskey, MacClosky,
Campbell, Cambell ,Camble,
Mullan ,Mullen, Mallen,
Smith, Smythe, Smithe,
O’Neill, Neale , O’Neil,
Kane, Kaine, Caine,
Moore, More, Moor,
Gallagher, Gallaher, Galagher.. .

Other noted families of Derry included O’Donnell,
Hegarty, McGurk, Gilligan and Colgan. Major towns
included Derry City or Londonderry town;
Coleraine; Portstewart; Limavady and Magherafelt

Table of Contents includes:
List of Books, ISBN data.
Families of Derry, from Keatings History..

P a r t O n e
Introduction to Sources; Birth Index.
National Resource List .
Local Resource List..
Names in the county

P a r t T w o
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 in this section with rough sketches
of coats of arms are O’Cahan; MacLoughlin or
McLoghlin; Alexander; Barnard the Bishop of
Derry; Henry Barry, Governor of Derry; John
Bateman the Baron of Kilmore; Beresford –
Ash of Ashbrook; Boyle of Limavady;
McCausland of Drenagh; Clark of Largantogher;
Galt of Ballysally; Thomas North Graves of
Gravesend; William Hanger, the Lord Coleraine;
Henry Hare, Baron; F. Hervey; Ogilby of Dungiven;
Thomas Pitt, Baron of Londonderry; Scott of
Willsboro; Philip Smyth, Dean of Derry; and
Robert Stewart the Earl of Londonderry.

P a r t T h r e e
The complete existing returns from the ‘census’
of 1659, also showing the methods of spelling
family names and place names in the city and
county of Londonderry…

P a r t F o u r
Finding Locations..
County Map.
Index of Place Names, ancient & modern. A sampling
of place names to assist in finding locations in the
county, as taken from the Master Book of Irish
Placenames. This list includes modern parish names
and townland names.

Parish Names in County Derry
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.
Derry in this work: …………

Several old townlands are listed here as well…..

Keep in mind the spelling of townlands and parishes
can change over time. Be flexible in your research
when looking for these names.

(end of review for County Derry Genealogy..)
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Raise our eyes skywards,
give thanks, & ask for help !
Here are todays “Magnificent Seven” :

1) Coletta Sayer of Houston, TX, welcome as
a member search: Mary & Thomas Calvey married
around 1869 in Tullagh; settled in Claggan,
County Mayo; Masterson did a history of Irish in
Cleveland from County Mayo. I’d like to buy a copy
or have access to one

2) Cornelia G. O’Hare of Holyoke, MA welcome as a
gold member and your free birth index is on the way !
( note: it is better if you do not type in all caps)

3) Rick Reynolds of Bowling Green, Ohio,
your ‘Families of the Clanna Rory or
Rudricians in Ireland’ has shipped !

4) Richard J. O’Dowd of Bradenton, FL,
Welcome as a new member ! Searching O’Dowd
and Mugan links to KC history.

5) Kiki and Friends of Gilbert, AZ, welcome
new member!
Looking for info on my ancestors in Tyrone.
McCord, Campbell, Scott

6) Welcome new member Johnie E. Jackson of
Colorado Springs, CO.. Searching: Ancestor of
Anthony Jackson, early Quaker. Helped to
establish first Meeting in Lurgan in 1654

7) Julie Bradshaw of Rosslyn, Australia welcome
as a new member !

Thanks to all of our members – without you our
Books, Blogs and Broadcasts would not be at all !
The Family Song
“Three weeks ago last Tuesday, I left me home in
Cork, to find me uncle Johnny Rock
a livin’ in New York……”

Irish Family Name of the Day:

Todays family history in honor of :
John Rock of AZ.

Related Spellings: Roch, Rock, Rocke, Roach,
Rockford, Carrick, Craig, Cregg, Carrigh…

Varient Spelling Groups: 248, 1802
‘Guide to Various Spellings of Irish Family Names’

History of the Name

Rock is not in itself an Irish name, but may come
from several origins.  Roach is a name which comes
from the French meaning ‘of the Rock’, and has been
in Ireland since the 12th century.  Note old placenames
recorded, such as ‘Rock’ in County Wexford; Rockville
in Roscommon and Rockstown Castle in Limerick as
given in the Irish Book of Arms.

Other names can be translated into the English
name of ‘Rock’. This is the case for the Irish ‘Carrick’ or
‘Carraig’, etc.. which can be translated to ‘Rock’.

Though not numerous in Ireland, ‘Rock’ is recorded in
the 1659 census and in the 1890 birth index. It is
also a principal name in Kilkenny in the 17th century.
James and Mary Rock are given in our ‘Names of Irish
Passengers to America’ in the early 19th century. One
‘Andrew Rock’ is also given in the ‘Families of County
Dublin, Ireland’

copyright 2011, IGF, based in part upon
The Book of Irish Families, great and small
or Surnames of Ireland by Kneafsey at:

Irish Coats of Arms From the Irish Book of Arms

A Brief search of the above work shows:

1) No arms illustrated for the name of Rock.
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Free Master online index at
Shows the name 27 times, including:

1)  J. Rocke in Kings/ Queens Co. Ireland genealogy
2)  Rock in ‘Names of Irish Passengers to America’.
3)  Rock in The Families of County Dublin, Ireland’
4)  Rock in the 1659 Census of Ireland
5)  Rock in the Birth Index of Ireland

Our free index to search for your family name:
(Leave off Mac or O when typing in your name.)

Curious News and Notes from around the world:

( Links to each item below are found on our blog)

1) Video of the Day: A drive through Dungiven,
County Derry, Ireland, set to music.

2) Web Page: Newest Irish Genealogy Records

3) Irish spend less this Christmas, no credit cards.

4) Song Video of the Day: Were You at The Rock ?
The song, plus an historical explanation.
Code from the days when religion was forbidden.

5) Mild Autumn brings snow to Ireland.
(see also Freezing Ireland page on Facebook !)

6) Rosemary Hill from Waterville, Co. Kerry
found a lobster pot I.D. tag on the beach. It
was lost when violent storms hit New England in
1991.  It traveled some 3,000 miles from
Cohasset to the beach in Ireland. Owner Richard
Figueiredo has now been contacted via Facebook.
……….. hmm works for genealogy too !

7) Top Irish Christmas Foods surveyed:
(28%) Turkey;  (16%) Stuffing;  (15%) Ham;
(12%) Mince Pies.

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Irish Roots Cafe Broadcast Network: Genealogy and History. week 110

Among Todays Topics:

1)  The Irish Family Name of the Week is: Ryan
2)   Famine Irish to Canada book and
3)   Book of the Month is:  Co. Tipperary Genealogy and Family History
4)   Searching:  O’Hea, Madden
5)   Twitter explosion….
6)   New Irish Roots page on Facebook
7)   National Archives genealogy fair
8)   The Irish go where ? for vacation
9)   Bad Luck Gilpin returns Titantic to the sea

Timeline for this weeks audio broadcast:

This Weeks Topics:            1:25
Notes from Mike:               2:25
Book of the Month:            6:10
The Magnificent Seven:     8:20
Irish Name of the Day:     11:40
Websites of the Week:      16:06
Curious News and Notes:  17:30

Time:  24:17
Notes This Week:

1)  Re: Irish Roots Page notes
HI Mike. I have been a fan of your podcast for a while now. Researching
the surname DILLON from Cavan Co.
I have a personal website…
Keep up the awesome work.     – Geri

On twitter from Irishhacker – Great podcast episode. I really
enjoy them. Great job!

2)  Irish Family History Foundation online genealogy databases reaches 15 million recs.
Free Index Access
List of databases searchable    /     No. of Records
Birth Records for Ireland     6,956,717
Marriage Records for Ireland     3,557,914
Death Records for Ireland     1,273,826
Census Records for Ireland     1,950,311
Griffith’s Valuation for Ireland 1,177,534

3) We are in the third show for the Irish Song and Recitation Festival this week.
Last week we had harpist and vocalist Emily Wyatt give her rendition of Molly
Malone. We have a brand new show for you this week with Michael Collier at
the festival.
Irish Song and Recitation on or iTunes
on the web at:
iTunes tag:

4) Just started up the Irish Roots fan page on Facebook, that’s one of our
pages for the week.  It’s just been a few days and we already see a pic of
Dirty Nellies, Ashford Castle, videos, and the numbers are growing.  Even
got a note from Megan that she is related to Barry Fitzgerald so she liked the
Quiet Man Poster that had Fitzgerald pictured and named on it.  That is the logo
for the page right now; also just notified of the anniversary of Brian Boru on
Twitter by Benotforgot !….stop by join in, leave your family search and comments
by all means !  We should plan some events soon.

Books of the Month:
1) From the Irish Roots Cafe:
County Tipperary Ireland, Genealogy and Family History Notes.
This is the volume from the Irish Families Project that covers Co. Tipperary,
along with the Master book to the series, The Book of Irish Families.
Read more about it at:

2) from:
BOOK – Flight From Famine, The Coming Of The Irish To Canada
By Donald MacKay
“We are pleased to report that this popular book is now back in print. One of
Canada’s founding peoples, the Irish arrived in the Newfoundland fishing
stations as early as the seventeenth century. By the eighteenth century they were establishing farms and settlements from Nova Scotia to the Great Lakes. Then,
in the 1840s, came the failures of Ireland’s potato crop, which people in the
west of Ireland had depended on for survival. The famine survivors who helped
build Canada in the years that followed Black ’47 provide a testament to courage, resilience, and perseverance. By the time of Confederation, the Irish population of
Canada was second only to the French, and four million Canadians can claim
proud Irish descent.”
Coming Up:
1) The National Archives Genealogy Fair
2) Bad Luck Gilpin

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

1)   St. Louis County Library, St. Louis, Missouri.
Your Missouri Irish book shipped !

2)   John Madden of San Clemente, your Tribes and Customs of
Hy Many has shipped. (last one!)

3)   Erin O’Hea of Centerport, NY. Welcome as a new member.
Researching O’Hea family from Clonakilty, Co. Cork.

4)  Coralyn Caron of Clarkston, WA, your Co. Wexford genealogy shipped.

5)  Michael Stewart of Spring Valley, CA: your Co. Armagh genealogy book;
Families of Co. Kerry book; and Co. Kerry Genealogy & family history shipped.

6)  John M. Ryan of Woodbury, MN, welcome as a new member, searching for:
I am a Ryan.  A cousin has done a search of our ancestry, but has only been
able to trace an ancestor back to their arrival in New York in the early 1800’s.

7)  Larry Mandel of Ann Arbor, MI, your Annals of Ireland by the Four
Masters has shipped (with the new added index as a separate piece.)

Check out our online search list at:

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:  John M. Ryan (see above)

Related Spellings of the Name
O’Ryan, Ryane, Riane, Wryan, Rian, Mulryan, Royan, etc…

Varient Spelling Groups: #1825 #1831 #2998 #2494
(Taken from the Master Guide to the Various Spellings
of Irish Family Names)

History of the Name
Ryan families rank as one of the ten most numerous in Ireland.  The older
forms of O’Ryan and O’Mulryan etc.. have largely been discarded.
It appears that most Ryans today descend anciently from the O’Maoilrian
family of Co. Tipperary.  This family held Owney in Co. Tipperary and
Owneyburg in Co. Limerick.  They are found on the Map of Ortelius in that
area.  These lands were once known as “Owney Mulryan”, referring to the
older spelling of the name there.
Keatings History also gives the O’Ryans as an ancient family of note in
Carlow, Tipperary and Waterford, and as numerous and respectable in
A family of Ryans unrelated to the first family given above descend from
the O’Riains, Lords of Ui Drona, of Co. Carlow. (refer to the barony of
Idrone in Co. Carlow for the location of Ui Drona)…..( continued in book)…..

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)  Ryan is given with illustrated arms in the Irish Book of Arms.
Coming Up Later in this episode:
Curious News and Notes from just about anywhere !
What are the favorite spots for the Irish in Ireland, the U.S. and Europe ?

The Free Master Index Search of Irish Names
at finds the family name  36 times
including the following examples :

1)  Ryan births, in The Families of Co. Clare, Ireland
2)  Dan. Ryan, in Co. Tipperary Genealogy & Family History Notes
3)  Ryan, Mulryan Co. Waterford Genealogy & Family History Notes.
4)  Ryan of Clounbrick in the Families of County Limerick, Ireland
5)  O’Ryane , in the 1659 Census of Ireland
6)  O’Ryans of Tipperary, Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters
7)  Ryan and Ryans Kerry Patch, in ‘Missouri Irish’.

Websites of the Week:

1)  U.S. National Archives at Kansas City, Dedication and Genealogy Fair
Sat. May 23, 10 – 5, open house, history/genealogy fair. Clifton Truman Daniel,
grandson of former Pres. Harry S. Truman is guest speaker. ( I will be there)

2)  U.S. National Archives page for genealogists and family historians

3)  I have started up an Irish Roots Fan page on Facebook, feel free to list your
searches or ask questions, and post photos !

Curious News and Notes
1)  Ireland ranks ninth in child ‘happiness’
Netherlands, Sweden, Norway are 1st,
U.K. ranks 24th !
1. Netherlands
2. Sweden
3. Norway
4. Iceland
5. Finland
6. Denmark
7. Slovenia
8. Germany
9. Ireland
10. Luxembourg
11. Austria
12. Cyprus
13. Spain
14. Belgium
15. France
16. Czech Republic
17. Slovakia
18. Estonia
19. Italy
20. Poland
21. Portugal
22. Hungary
23. Greece
24. United Kingdom
25. Romania
26. Bulgaria
27. Latvia
28. Lithuania
29. Malta

2)  A nostalgic TV series takes us back to the golden
era of Ulster’s dancehalls.
Presented by Strictly Come Dancing star Christine Bleakley, Dancehall
Sweethearts will explore the phenomenon dancing had on the province.

3)  Celtic Events and Groups from Celtic Pennsylvania
Events, Pubs, bands, dance schools, Festivals, Organizations & Shops

4) Maria McQuillan, who is one of Belfast’s oldest citizens, says
there is “no secret at all” to her long life.

5)  He Throws Cursed piece of Titanic back into Cork Harbour.
Mike Gilpin of Boston, throws baseball size piece of the Hull of Titantic
into Cork Harbour, return it from whence it came from 97 years ago.
He’s been divorced, House burnt down, wrecked his car, wrecked his
motorcycle, but the piece survived.  He picked it up as a dock worker
when salvage ships were in dock.

6)  Where are the favorite places for the Irish to go ?
1)  New York on holiday 2) Galway for a short trip at home and
3) Paris for a weekend.


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