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with curious news and notes from Ireland.
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Show 157
Among Todays Topics at the Irish Roots Cafe:

1)   Family of the Day:  Finneran
2)   Book of the Week:  ‘Mac, Mc and O names..’
3)   One minute Podcast selection: Hedge Row Vikings
4)   Video of the week: How to take an Irish DNA test
5)   Searching Maloney, Killian, Fannon, O’Donnell, MacNamara
6)   Irish Genealogy Academy, Irish family history workshop
7)   Favorite Free Irish Song Videos – old style song.

Listen to all of our podcasts on the iTunes Irish Provider Page at:

This Weeks Audio Timeline

Todays Topics:                    1:00
Notes from Mike:                 2:00
One Minute 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) Our Sean Nós, old style Irish Song Group is up and running
or should we say walking.  Plenty of practice is in order.
We met down at Brownes Market and Deli, the oldest Irish run
business in North America, for a meal with the $3 band playing
in the background, and then off to practice. (I’m still working on
Roisin Dubh Joe Heaney style. )

2)  I’ve been adding more pages to  The pics of
guests on our podcasts is started and up; and on the ‘quick and
easy’ link I’ve started the O’Laughlin / Donahue / Sullivan
family history of my own.  This along with a new Irish DNA page
in progress and a Song page has started up…… Also putting
up a page with links and one with some current member search
lists !

3) By the way, the oldest coninuously run Irish business in N. America
will have its annual bash on the 19th of June. Be sure to come by
for the festivities at Brownes Irish Deli in Kansas City.
Lawn chairs are welcome, and they have a ‘Best Legs in a Kilt’ contest.
And of course great Irish Music, a street faire, a Childrens play area,
and even I may show up and record a few old stories….

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

Todays Podcast extract is from:
The Hedge Row History Podcast #10
The Vikings Raid Ireland
We know a little about Viking DNA in the midlands, but they
attacked all along the coast in the early days….

For more like todays sample extract, go to Hedgerow History:
Book of the Month:

1)  Mac, Mc, and O names in Ireland, Scotland and America.

Mac, Mc and O names in Ireland, Scotland and America.
17th – 20th century records.
This is a study of Irish & Scots Family Names, sources, indexed.
Locations in Ireland and early America. 1790 census records,
Irish census record. Charts.

From the Intro to this work Here is a passage from the
introduction of this work; “By Mac, Mc, and ‘O’, you’ll always know
a true Irish or Scotsman so they say “…….The purpose of publishing
this work is to introduce you to the meaning and use of these family
names. Mac names originate in Scotland and Ireland. The ‘O’ names,
which appeared first by many accounts, is a name considered
exclusively Irish. Nearly all old Irish surnames were originally prefixed
with Mac or ‘O’. They were such attractive additions to a name that
some families settling in Ireland from abroad took a name with a Mac
prefix. This included the Vikings & the Normans ! Some old Irish
families would drop the Mac or ‘O’ during certain periods of turmoil…..
so the plot thickens when trying to determine exactly what your name
might have been spelled like then.

When we look at the top 100 most numerous names that still retained
the Mac or Mc in 1890, we find the following most numerous in Ireland.
The rank of the name in the top 100 is given before the name:

13. McCarthy
21. McLaughlin
55. McGrath
63. McDonnell (sometimes O’Donnell & McDonald))….
and so on…..

Table of Contents

Arms (illustrated) ………………………

Mac, Mc, & ‘O’
The Most Numerous……………………..
1790 U.S. Census spellings/locations……
Early American Names…………………

Record of Names
Mac Names in 1659 listed……………….
Mac Names in the Irish Birth Index…….
‘O’ Names in the 1659 Census……………
‘O’ Names in the Irish Birth Index………
‘O’ Names in the Master Spelling Index..
Mac & Mc names in the Master Index…..

Ancient Irish Surnames…………………
Modernized Spellings……………………

Famous and Infamous Individuals with Mac and O
From John McBride, Hugh MacCaghwell and Alexander McCaine to
Edward McCall, Judge Wilson McCandless and James McCarroll, we
have compiled extracts on a few of the famous Mac and O names
from earlier times.

Charts and Illustration
Spelling Rules……………………………
Owen Roe O’Neill……………………….
Grace O’Malley, sea queen………………
O’Donnell Abu…………………………..
McDonald Locations……………………..

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The Blog has additional entries, and written shownotes.
Coming Up:
Video of ‘ How to take a DNA test “

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

1) Timothy B. Maloney of Marietta GA., welcome member !
re: Maloney family also ressearching Henley, Doyle, Egan

2)   Roland Blondin of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Your County Donegal Genealogy books have shipped !

3)  Frances Caparrelli of Steamboat Springs, Colorado,
Your County Limerick books have shipped !

4)  Mary Kay Killian of St. Joseph, Michigan, welcome as a
member! Searching for Joseph M. Killian’s parents, believed
to be John and Delia Killian, lived in Roxbury/Boston after

5)  Diana Shephard of Kent, UK, your Galway, Mayo and
Milesian Families of Ireland books have shipped !

6) Welcome new member Frank Rees of Somerset, NJ,
searching for Fannon and O’Donnell, both of his wifes families

7)   Marilyn R. Church of Ajax, Ontario, Canada, your
Book of Irish Families, great & small has shipped.

8) Welcome gold member Danielle M. D’Ottavio of Glendale, AZ.
John McNamara, Catherine Fitzpatrick,living in Buncraggy,Clare;
Married at chapel of Clare Castle in 1880.
Thomas Mulvaney and Rose Donohoe living in Togher,Crosserlough,
Cavan in 1867.
Brothers David and William Ronayne/Ronan who died in March 1837
living in the vacinity of Ladybridge, Co.Cork.

9) Welcome member James M. Sweeney of Massapequa, New York.

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Irish Family Name of the Day:

Todays family history in honor of member:
John P. Finneran

Related Spellings of the Name: O’Finneran, Finnerane, Fineran
(Fenlon, Finalon, Finlan, Finnell, Finnellan), Finran

Varient Spelling Groups:   #2300
From The Guide to the Various Spellings of Irish Family Names

History of the Name
We find the Finneran family linked with Counties Roscommon and
Galway in Ireland.  The 19th century shows the name centered in
‘The Families of Co. Galway, Ireland’ has an entry for the name
showing one Edmond Finneran in 1832.

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The Book of Irish Families, great and small
1) Our Irish Roots Cafe facebook page for
Genealogy, History, Song, Language……
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2) I will be giving a 5 hour workshop, broken up into morning
and afternoon sessions on Irish Genealogy, Family History, DNA,
.. even family history podcasting. Friday August 6 at the
Dublin Irish Academy. That’s the first day of the Irish Fest..
Come to the morning and the afternoon sessions or
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fee.  Each session covers different topics.
Plan to attend now – drop me a line if you are going, so I can be
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Irish festivals in the world – The Dublin, Ohio, Irish Fest,.

Here is the link to the academy classes on Friday:
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:
Slideshow of the Annals of Ireland
The Free Master online index at shows:
Listings for the name 7 times, here are a few examples:

1)   Master Guide to the Spelling of Irish Family Names
2)   Irish Names and Surnames by Woulfe
3)   The Birth Index of Ireland
4)   The Families of County Galway   (v6)
5)   Co. Roscommon genealogy and family history notes.  (v23)
6)   Mac, Mc and O names
7)   mention in Book of Irish Families, great and small. (v1)

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)   How to take a DNA test (video)

2)   Sean Nós old style Irish song (videos)

3)  Pics of those who have been interviewed at the Irish Roots Cafe

4)  Slideshow of the Annals of Ireland, old and new.

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Curious News and Notes, From Ireland today

1)  Gráinne Cronin, first female pilot for Aer Lingus has retired after 33 years.
An all female crew with Capt. Elaine Egan and 1st officer Shelley Gahan,
flew an Airbus 330 from Dublin to Boston, before final remarks.

2)  Record Shark infestation in Donegal by Lough Swilly.
They tagged 100 of them, but did not get them all !

3)  Vivian Rigney age 39, made it to the top of Mt. Everest.
He is the 17th Irish person to scale Everest.

4)  Catherine Buckley went down with the Titantic at the young age of 22
in 1912.  Going from Cork To Boston to live with her sister Margaret, she
was buried in Boston, but with no headstone until now….

5)   Bingo is topping the charts for those under 40 yrs. old in Ireland.
Tom Doyle of says it is becoming more and more popular in
Bingo Halls in Ireland.

6)   Irish are masters at texting – double that of European counterparts.
8 Billion texts in the last 12 months !

7) The 1901 Irish census is being released on the web.
Here is a link to where it will appear:

…….So end the notes from the Irish Hedge Row today.
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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.
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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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