Irish Family History Show 179
Among Todays Topics at the Irish Roots Cafe:
1) Family of the Day: Horan
2) Irish Book of the Month: Names in the Land Records
3) Searching For: McKenna, Berk, Kelly….
4) Curious News: Aran Islands go Orange.
5) Video of the Month: Irelands cleanest town.
6) Curious Note: Irish safari stalks what animal ?
7) Renata singing excerpt and Buchanan family pages
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This Weeks Audio Timeline
Todays Topics: 1:00
Notes from Mike: 2:00
One Minute Podcast: 4:00
Book/County of Month: 6:30
The Magnificent Seven: 9:30
Irish Name of the Day: 11:30
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) A note on Buchanan from Bill Buchanan.
I have enjoyed your “Irish Roots Cafe” podcast from the beginning. You
really have the personality to make it entertaining as well as informative.
You asked us if we have websites on Irish families in America. I have one
on my Buchanan family that contains genealogy, old stories, some photos,
and free e-books about the family.
The Famine: Tyrone to Canada
In 1847 during the peak of the great famine, Andrew and Jane Buchanan
and their 8 (mostly grown) children left Binnawooda townland in Tyrone
Ship Sinks, Grosse Isle Full
The ship nearly sank in a storm and had to return for repairs.
On the second attempt, they reached Canada but like so many ships, a
plague of “immigrant fever” had broken out onboard.
The official quarantine station on Grosse Isle, Quebec was already
overwhelmed, so they were quarantined onboard for 3 weeks at
Kingston, where Andrew and an infant granddaughter died. The family
settled in the unsurveyed wilderness that later became Elma Township,
Perth County, Ontario, where it grew and prospered. From there it spread
out to Manitoba and Washington State, and far beyond.
A YDNA study found that we were of “a typical chiefly line of Clan
Buchanan”. These chiefs traced their ancestry back to Annselan
O’ Cahan son of King Dermond O’ Cahan, who reigned in Ulster
province, and was a descendant of the ancient kings of Ireland.
O’Cahan it is
(The O’Cahans ruled the kingdom of Coleraine, now in County Derry.)
Anselan landed in Argyll, Scotland in 1016 with some followers and
helped Scottish King Malcolm II to repel Danish invaders, and was
granted the Buchanan lands in Lennox, from which his descendants
took their name.
So my Buchanans were of ancient Irish descent as well as more
modern Irish descent.
One Minute Podcast
Let’s listen to one of our 7 podcast series’ on Song; Recitation;
Travel; History; Irish-America; or Irish language.
Todays Podcast extract is from:
A few bars from very nice song from the Irish Song podcast.
These are sung by the host of the Hello Fada podcast, Renata.
Well worth the listen, here is the complete song:
For more podcasts like todays sample extract, go to:
Irish Family History: http://www.irishroots.com/content/view/97/152/
Photo Enhanced version: http://www.irishroots.com/content/view/103/156/
Irish in America: http://www.irishroots.com/content/view/98/154/
Irish Song /recitation: http://www.irishroots.com/content/view/99/153/
Irish Video Shorts: http://www.irishroots.com/content/view/104/157/
Irish Hedge Row History: http://www.irishroots.com/content/view/105/158/
Hello Fada, Irish language: http://www.irishroots.com/content/view/106/159/
We publish more Irish genealogy books than anyone in the world !
Book of the Month:
1) Names in the Land Grants, (hardbound, gold stamped book)
This book is also a part of the ‘Conquest of Ireland’ series.
The information is divided into these sections:
Land Grants for the English (Undertakers), complete with names.
Land Grants for the Scottish (Undertakers), complete with names
Land Grants for the Servitors, complete with names
Land Grants to the Native Irish, complete with names
The names of specific persons and specific locations in the land grants is
of immense interest to family researchers. The wealth of information in
the footnotes brings daily history to life for us all. The land grants are of
differing lengths, and one short example in Co. Tyrone follows:
1) “Grant to Neale OQuin, gent., Ballineloughy, one balliboe, containing 60
acres. Rent, 13 s.”
2) Name Changes
We also find many notations on family names and the spelling of the
same. Take the name Smelhome on the land record, which this book
also tells us is found as Smailholme in Scotland, and as Smethorne in
an inquisition in 1629. Take the name of ‘Cooke’, which was an alias of
‘Gray’ for one settler; and the name Calefield which was also spelled as
Caulfield. Very helpful information if you are trying to trace someone in
3) We are not left with only the dry ‘census’ type information here.
Take the example of Sir Richard Waldron, who is given with lands in
the Precinct of Loughtee, in County Cavan. Below the listings of his lands
we find footnotes telling us that Richard was the son of John Waldron,
that he became a knight, that there is record of a petition from him in
1610, and that his son, Thomas Waldron came to live on the land there
as well. This type of commentary is often given on families found in the
-end of sample entries –
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How and why the Aran Islands are going Orange….
Time to raise our eyes skywards, give thanks, and ask for help !
Here are todays “Magnificent Seven” :
1) Jennifer Berk of Forest Park, IL, your County Roscommon
genealogy and family history book has shipped !
2) Christine Babcock of Ray Township, MI, your Irish Families
great & small has shipped !
3) Susan Gilbert of Crowheart, WY your membership and your
Irish Song book has shipped ! re: Paternal side 1400 Moor slave
and male from Italy that had been Ireland/Scotland/Wales
4) Welcome LeAnn Sampson as a new full member from Colorado
re: I believe my gr grandfather Michael McKenna, left Ireland in
1860, and traveled with his parents Patrick and Ann, and his
siblings Patrick and Bridget. Looking for birth place in Ireland.
5) Eugene Horan of Florence, AZ, welcome as a new member,
who is working on a historical novel on his family from Mayo,
New York and more…..
6) Phillip Kelly of Geelong, Victoria, Australia your County
Tipperary, Ireland genealogy and family history notes shipped !
7) Jean Pouliot of Quebec, Canada, your County Sligo book has
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Irish Family Name of the Day:
Todays family history in honor of member:
Eugene Horan (as above)
Related Spellings of the Name
O’Horan, Horane, Haran, Haren, Harhan, Haughran, Horin, Horn, etc..
Varient Spelling Groups: #914, #2387
From The Guide to the Various Spellings of Irish Family Names
History of the Name Horan:
Families of the name of Horan, etc.. may spring from one of
several origins in Ireland.
Keatings History finds O’Horan, a clan of the Ui Mani, in Galway.
They were centered in the Galway/Mayo areas, and remain near
there to this day. This is likely the origin of our members Horan
family, don’t you think ?
The family name is also found in the 1659 census of Ireland
centered in Kildare, and also spelled as Horane elsewhere.
Our Birth Index of Ireland also shows 63 births of the name in the
19th century…(continued in the Book of Irish Families, great & small)
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) In the Irish Book of Arms, after the coming of the Free State section 1,
with three lions ‘Rampant’, I believe the expression is….. don’t mess with
those fellows, eh ?…
Coming Up Later in this episode:
New Irish safaris launched…. in Ireland
The Free Master online index at www.Irishroots.com shows:
Listings for the name several times, here are a few examples:
1) C. O’Horan in County Galway, Ireland genealogy & family history
2) O’Horan in the Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters (Multiple)
3) Horan in the ‘Tribes and Customs of the Hy Many’
4) O’Horan in ‘Co. Mayo, Ireland genealogy and family history notes.’
5) Horane in the 1659 census of Ireland surname extract.
6) Horan in Kings County and Queens Co. Ireland, genealogy…
7) Horan in King James Irish Army List
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) Flute Solo by noted Irish musician Peter Horan (video)
2) Achill island westport mayo ireland (video), set to music
3) Squirrel Attack, to the tin whistle and fiddle, and fake Irish accent.
( How can 2 million people have watched this one ? !)
4) A spin around Cavan Town. (see award below)
see also our Irish Video Shorts at:
Curious News and Notes, From Ireland today
1) Kennedy Archives go online, including 1200 phone calls while
JFK was in the white house.
2) Bright orange electric Cars for Aran Islands part of trial run for
3) Ireland ranks 7th in economic freedom, US ranks 9, Canada 6,
Australia 3, and Hong Kong #1 !!! Wake up America says I…
4) Early Irish who came to U.S. were amazing savers, based upon
the records of the Emigrant Savings Bank in New York, founded in
5) The cleanest towns in Ireland ? Carlow tops the list, followed by Trim, Co. Meath; Longford; Wexford; and Drogheda…. Cork and Dublin worst…..?
6) Red Squirrels hunted in the Glens of Antrim…. it’s called the red squirrel
safari… well, I could have a squirrel safari in my yard, no problem….
…….So end the notes from the Irish Hedge Row today.
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