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From the Irish Roots Cafe Broadcast Network. Shownotes.
Video Shorts #7, The Irish Families Project explained
Filmed live at the Irish Roots Festival workshops this year.

Time: 2:49
The Irish Families Project
See the video here:

Learn More about volumes 1 – 8 here:

Learn More about volumes 9 – 34 here:

What is The Irish Families project ?
A 34 book set on Irish Family history and genealogy, the
largest collection ever in print. Research for this project began in
1978 by author/editor Michael O’Laughlin. The final volume was
published in 2009, with an final index appearing in 2009 -2010.
The complete set contains over 3,000 pages and 1,000 illustrations.
It is available as a set or as individual books from

What does it contain ?
Volume 1
The first volume, “The Book of Irish Families, great & small”,
contains three sections:  (see also video on this volume alone).
This book alone contains more names tied to specific locations
than any other book in print.  It also contains the master index
to the entire series. (see below for more).

Volumes 2 – 8.
These are hardbound volumes focusing exclusively on families
from one specific county in Ireland. They are for the following
counties: Kerry; Clare; Cork; Limerick; Galway; Dublin; and Donegal.
You will note that all of these counties have two books in the county
series, each with differing information. They are also found in the
spiral bound books in the series, described below.  They are titled:
“Families of County Kerry, Ireland” and so forth.

Volume 9 – 34
The final books to the series are spiral bound and contain more information
on every county in Ireland – by county.  They focus on real records and
repositories within the county. Real life records are included.  These focus
not as much on family histories as the earlier volumes. You will find arms
from the Irish Book of arms for families within the county, the census of
1659 for the county if it exists, maps of the counties, place name listings,
names and addresses of whom to write, and excerpts from different records
within the county. These books are to help you research within the county
and find your family.  All volumes contain a surname index for researchers.
We include records as we found them, sometimes  old and faded, but the
real thing never the less.
They are titled:  ‘Genealogy and Family History notes of County ———–’
For those who have not yet seen the blog or video on volume one,
Here are the 3 sections to volume one:

Section One of the Book of Irish Families
The first section contains family history from every county in
Ireland and Northern Ireland. This includes locations, coats of
arms, spellings of the name, and family history.  This material
in this book starts the family history collection in each county.
Several thousand families are found in this first section.
Later volumes continue the story on a county by county basis.

Section Two of the Book of Irish Families
The second section is the master location index.  It is included
to help research rare family names, variant spellings and locations.
Included are all the names from the 1659 census, the Birth Index,
and from special reports in our files. Many names are tied to a
specific Poor Law Union in Ireland. Most are tied simply to a county.
Section one contained family history, this section is strictly for locating
a county or Poor Law Union in Ireland connected to the name, and
possible variant spellings of the name.
There are some 18,000 families in this section, section two.

Section Three of the Book of Irish Families
This contains the Master Index to the entire Irish Families Project.
It will tell you if your surname, perhaps under several spellings, appears
in the other county books in the set. The volume number is given to
tell you which county book it is in.  There are over 45,000 family names
in this section, each tied to a specific county book. This book, which
includes all three sections is titled:
“The Book of Irish Families, great and small” by O’Laughlin
Note from the author
When we started out in 1978, I did not imagine that this Irish family research
project would span 5 decades.  After many years of research in private
and public repositories, in Ireland and America, we have the final
set published in 2009, and final index published independently in 2010.

Our aim was to help people find and research their Irish family history.
Experienced researchers know that to include the family history of every
family in every county would take a book as big as a railroad car. This obviously
is impossible in printed form.
We have, however, managed to amass the first collection of its kind in print.
There are more names, illustrated arms and locations in this source than
in any before it.
I hope it will start many on their way to more complete Irish family history.

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From the Irish Roots Cafe: Podcast Advance Shownotes.

Irish Roots Cafe: Genealogy and History. week 98
Among Todays Topics:

1)  Culligan is the Name of the Day !
2)  Search for: Broderick, Kenny, Joyce
3)  The Book of Irish Families is the Book and Video of the Month.
4)  Irish Birth Rate; The Cliffs of Moher entry
5)  Search for Mullhollands International Dance Team.
6)  County Clare Tithe Applotment web page
7)  County Limerick is the County of the Month
8)  Project Kelvin Cable; and the Irish on Facebook

Timeline for this weeks audio broadcast:

This Weeks Topics:  1:05
Notes from Mike:     2:46
Book of the Month:  8:13
County of the Month:    13:22
The Magnificent Seven: 15:12
Irish Name of the Day:  17:31
Website of the Week:     20:02
Curious News and Notes: 21:09

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We’ll be seeing about the Culligan Family in a little bit
but now……

Notes This Week
1)  The Book of Irish Families is all over the place this week,
we have the first ever video explaining a bit of it for you and
notes here in this blog from the book.

2) “ From: Christopher
Date: Dec 28, 2008 8:17 PM
I’m assisting a guy who is trying to trace former members of Patricia Mulholland’s
first Irish International Dance Team. He danced with them at the Festival Of
Britain’s “Festival Hall” in 1951 as well as in Majorca, Spain, and all over Ireland.

Patricia died in 1992 and one of the guys who danced in the team in 1951,
Norman Maternaghan (known as Norman Maen), who it is thought was one of
the only two dancers who learned the Treble Reel from Patricia died in April of
this year.

These are the members of the team that the guy I’m assisting is trying to contact: Rhona White, Trixie Coogan, Patricia King, Dorcas Hines and Brian Lilly.

Please contact me if you are able to give me any leads to these dancers or any other members of Patricia’s team. A Peaceful and Prosperous New Year to everyone “

3)  Finally Arrived in New Zealand !
Hi Mike, The book finally arrived today, 7 January. It has taken 55 days to
reach me via priority mail. I would hate to think how long it would have taken
by ordinary mail!!   Thanks,   Martin Rogers.

4)  I see there is a new Irish Dance Podcast out there…. might be interesting….
“This is it, The Irish Dance Podcast is up and GOing Live on January First..”

5) Hi Mike
I have a question concerning information on an LDS birth record.  I think I
found my paternal grandfather. William Levis  Oct 18, 1874 Drisbane, Cork,
Ireland.  His father is listed as Samuel Lewis but it must be Levis and his
mother is Ellen McCarthy.

Is there such a place as Drisbane?  is this a parish in Cork?  I want to send for
his birth certificate but do not want to put the wrong information on the request.
Your input would be appreciated.   Regards  Bonnie Vaughan
(Drishane ?, also check out the place name web sites mentioned in earlier shows)

6) With all the older Irish folks on Facebook…might that be another
avenue of family research…? hmmmm

Book of the Month
Book of Irish Families, great and small.

This is the master volume to the Irish Families Project,
and the largest in the series with family histories from
every county in Ireland.  You can see a video description
of this book on this weeks video podcast Monday.

Here is a sample extract describing the some of the many groups
from which the families for this volume were taken:

Families from England
Many English families have settled in Ireland from the 12th century onwards. Often, the native Irish were forced to “translate” their names into English sounding ones. The 50 most numerous names from England in 1853 are given, along with hundreds of family history extracts on specific families like Smith; Jones; Williams and Taylor.

Families from Scotland
Due to the proximity of the north of Ireland and the south of Scotland, migration between the two countries has been constant. A great settlement of Scottish families took place in the 17th century during the plantation of Ulster by the British Crown. Later, some of these ‘planter’ families came to America, becoming known as the Scotch Irish or Scots Irish. The 50 most numerous names of Scotland are given, along with hundreds of family histories, including families like McDonald; Brown; Thomson and Robertson.

Families from the German Palatinate
Families came to Ireland in the 18th century from the Palatinate of the Rhine. In 1709 some 7,000 arrived in England and many settled in Co. Limerick, Ireland and America. Some of these are families like Bowen, Baker; Delmege and Pyper.

Danish or Viking Families
The Danes (Lochlainders, Ostmen or Vikings), had colonies in Ireland for centuries. Centered in Dublin and Meath (in Fingall), and in Wexford, Waterford, Cork and Limerick, settling primarily in the coastal counties of Ireland from the 8th century on. These Viking families include: Betagh; Coppinger; Palmer; Plunket and Skiddy, among many others given in this work.

Jewish Families in Ireland
Many Russian and Polish Jews settled on the south side of Dublin city from the late 1800′s. These included the families of Coplan, Fridberg, Greenberg, Weiner, Maisell and many others given in this work.

Welsh Families in Ireland
Families by the name of “Walsh” (in Irish, Brannagh or Breathnach), meaning a Briton or Welshman, are found early in Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Killarney, Tipperary, Wexford, Waterford and Galway. Some of these families were: Howell, Lawless, Lillis, Lynagh and Rossiter. Many are included in this work

Anglo Norman Families in Ireland
The Anglo Norman invasions of the 12th century brought many new families to Ireland. Some took on Irish names. Anglo Norman families in Ireland include: Barry; Bellew; Bermingham; Burke; Carew and Clare, among hundreds of others given in this book along with family history notes.

Huguenot Families in Ireland
French and Fleming Huguenot families settled in the 17th century in Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork, and Lisburn, etc… They were noted for making linen, cloth and lace. Some of these families were those of Barre; Perrin; Hazard; Hassard; Lefanu; Trench and many others as given in this work.

Coming Up:
“The Magnificent Seven” of the week !

County of the Month: Limerick
See also: County Limerick Genealogy and Family History Notes

The Families of County Limerick, Ireland

County Limerick 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, P. = Prince:

Burke, B.
Fitzgerald, E.
Fitzgerald, K.
Fitzgerald, L.
de    Lacy, L.
Mac    Arthur
Mac    Eneiry, L.
O’    Billry
O’    Brien, L.
O’    Brien, P.
O’    Casey
O’    Clerkin
O’    Conlan
O’    Connell, L.
Mac    Sheehy
O’    Cullen, C.
O’    Dinnahan, C.
O’    Donevan
O’    Donovan, L.
O’    Flannery
O’    Grady, V.
O’    Hallinan, C.
O’    Hartigan
O’    Hea, C.
O’    Hely
O’    Honan
O’    Hurley
O’    Kinealy, C.
O’    Kirwick
O’    Mackesey
O’    Morony, C.
O’    Mulcahy
O’    Quinn, L.
O’    Ryan
O’    Scanlan, C.
O’    Sheehan, C.
Sarsfield, V.

-end of extract from The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters-
Coming Up Later in this episode:
Are the Irish using Facebook ?

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

1) New Member John Broderick of Savannah, GA
Looking for Brodericks from Galway.

2)  New Member Cindy McInerney of Lockport, NY
Looking for Kenna family from Limerick City.

3)  New Member Carol L. Culligan of Highland, CA.
Researching Charles Culligan and Mary, arrived New York 1859,
perhaps from County Clare.

4) New Member Chuck Sorensen, of Wiggins, MS.
No family search or topic submitted – yet !

5)  New Member Kahtleen Green of Rochester, NY
My gr. grandfather was Michael Joyce m. Bridget O’Malley in Clifden, Co.
Galway.  My grandmother,Mary (b.1890) had sib. Michael, Thomas, Patrick,
Martin, Abby, John, Peter.

6) Michelle A. Wood of Narara, Australia  (Our customer of the week !)
Your Birth Index; Book of Irish Families; and Families of Dublin shipped.

7) Christina Kirwan of Ontario, Canada
Search not given, but likely Kirwan of Galway. (Glaway books shipped)

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:
(see above, Carol Culligan).

Related Spellings of the Name
Colgan; M’Colgan; O’Colgan; Colgen; Colgin; Coligan; Collagan;
Colligan; Culgan; Culgin; Quilligan……

Varient Spelling Groups: #303, 2145,
(Taken from the Master Guide to the Various Spellings
of Irish Family Names)

History of the Name
A name traditionally linked with counties Clare and Limerick in Ireland.
The name is found centered mainly in Co. Clare in the 19th century.

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 found in the Irish Book of Arms

The Free Master Index Search of Irish Names
at finds the family 12 times
including the following examples :

1)   The Birth Index of Ireland
2)   The Families of County Limerick
3)   Culligan of Moyeralla in Families of County Clare, Ireland.
4)   J. Culligan in Irish Families on the California Trail
5)   O’Culligan in Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters
6)   O’Culligan in Co. Clare, Ireland, genealogy and family history notes.

Websites and Videos of the Week:

1)  County Clare tithe Applotment books for names from Culligan to Custy.

2) Hibernia Atlantic, undersea cable to connect Ireland and U.S. Video

3)  The Book of Irish Families Great and Small Video

4)  New Zealand and Australasian Genealogy Database
“We are pleased to announce that the New Zealand Genealogy Databases
( is now the Australasian Genealogy databases (”


Curious News and Notes
1)   The Cliffs of Moher has been chosen to represent Ireland in the
world wide contest to become one of the 7 wonders of the world.
(I liked it better when there was no parking lot or beauty contests!)

2)  We’ll not be running out of Murphys, Kellys or Sullivans soon.
Ireland has the highest birth rate in the EU by far according to
recent reports, just over 18 per thousand.  There’s always room for
one more.

3)  Look for a new book on JFK’s visit to Ireland, lo those many
years ago, by Ryan Tubridy.

4)   Project Kelvin is the name of a project to link the U.S.
to Northern Ireland with a High speed cable. It will come ashore near
Portrush and also give direct connectivity to towns like Letterkenny,
Dundalk, and Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland. (see video above)

5)  The cooling trend in Ireland is expected to continue from the coldest
December in some time, and now with a colder than normal January.
Freezing temperatures and snow are predicted.
British experts say this will be one of the five coldest Januarys in History.
Just one more proof of Global Warming I guess…..

6)  Irish users on Facebook have doubled in the last 12 months going from
around 200.000 to over 400,000 !  Did you Find any family members ??

7) More on Irish baby names, according to the Irish Times newspaper
the top boys name was James, and the top girls name was Grace and
Anna.  That is for those who announced births in the paper.

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A one of a kind resource, Mike is the most published author
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