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It’s the Irish Family History show #208
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turf and me primer to school I did go, we
went to a school house without any door…..”

Show #208 Today at the Irish Roots Cafe:

1)  Name of the Day: O’Brien
2)  Searching for: Green, McDonnell,
3)  Web Page:  Clare County Library Sources
4)  Books of the Month: County Clare genealogy
5)  Video of the Day: Cliffs of Moher
6)  Curious News: New Titantic Tickets sold out
7)  Note: Irish Community Archive Network

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1)  We are now forming a group of Irish language
Sean Nós singers, as well as singers of Irish ballads!
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2) Correcting our County Kilkenny genealogy book:
Printers scanning error left some of the already
aging pages nearly blank, so its back to the
presses for that one that had just been rerun !
If you ordered directly from me in the last month
or so let me know and I can send you those pages
by mail.
Coming Up:
Would you take a trip on the titanic today ?
and… how much would you pay !

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Books of the Month:

1) Families of County Clare, Ireland.
Hardbound collection of family histories.

2) Genealogy and Family History of County Clare
Spiral bound aid for research in County Clare.
( with color map now added ! )

3) My other favorites are: ‘Houses of Clare”;
and Histories of Clare by Frost; and by White.
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Todays Magnificent 7 Members

1. Bernadette Sanders of Machaisport, ME
your Families of  Co. Donegal have shipped !

2. David Bessert of Roselle, IL. your Co. Donegal
genealogy and family history notes have shipped !

3.  Sharon Stites, of Naples, Florida.
Welcome as a full member!
Search for birth record of John Joseph Green
in Co. Clare, townland Ballycotteen North. 1901
census show b. 1892 but can find no record that
year, just 1894.

4. Rebecca M. Burke of East Falmouth, MA, your
County Cavan & Leitrim, Ireland book shipped !

5. Colleen Henry of Etobiocoke, Canada welcome
as a new member, your Donegal books have shipped !

6. George McDonnell your Missouri Irish book shipped!

7. James Blocker of Greenville, N. Carolina, your
Families of County Clare have shipped !
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The Ancient Family Song
“Three weeks ago last Tuesday I left me home in
Cork, to find me uncle Tom O’Brien
livin’ in New York.”

Irish Family Name of the Day:

Todays family history in honor of :
Thomas J. O’Brien of Hamden, CT.

Related Spellings of the Name:
Bryan, Brian, O’Bryan, O’Brian, Briene, Breen,
Brine, Brion…

Varient Spelling Groups: #153; 176; 1233; 1642; 2118
‘Guide to Various Spellings of Irish Family Names’

History of the Name
(from ‘Families of County Clare’ Ireland)
Most of us know about O’Briens Tower there in
County Clare, right on the Cliffs of Moher, ( and one
day that cliff will eventually chip off and leave the
tower no more !) Here is a sample of info from
my Families of Clare book:

Kings of Thomand ?
“The O’Briens were the ruling family of Thomand
(which included Co. Clare).  from the time of the
first of the name, Brian Boru.  First among the
Dalcassions families of Co. Clare, they retained
power as such until exchanging the title of ‘King
of Thomand’ for the English title ‘Earl of Thomand’
in 1543.

Seat of the O’Briens
In Drumcliff Parish, Clonroad became the principal
seat of the O’Briens around 1200 a.d. when they
built a circular earthen fort there.  About the year
1240, Donogh Cairbreach O’Brien built a beautiful
monastery for conventual Franciscan friars at Ennis…..”
(this is continued on in the book.)

Assuming more powers
By the way, I have a copy of the legal agreement
where The OLoglins of Clare signed away their rights
to the O’Brien of Clare, back in the 17th century.
I’ll bet ya it should be ‘O’Loughlins Tower’ instead
of O’Briens, but enough said…. .

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Irish Coats of Arms From the Irish Book of Arms
A Brief search of the above work shows:

1) Four illustrations of arms for O’Brien, including
those of Counties, Clare, Limerick, and Thomand.
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Shows the name (149) numerous times, including:

1)  O’Briens in the Colony of Georgia (J-14)
2)  O’Briens Country in ‘Families of Co. Clare, Ireland.’
3)  Billy O’Brien and numerous others in in
“ Irish Families on the California Trail.”
4)  O’Brien Burial Place in Annals of Ireland by 4 Masters
5)  Owen O’Brien in Co. Clare genealogy & family history…
6)  M. O’Brien in Pynnars Survey (Special Census…)
7)  D. O’Brien in ‘Missouri Irish’ book

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. O’Briens Tower, Cliffs of Moher

2) This Video has some Original Titanic Video shots:

3) Story: – The Broke O’Briens make eBay money ?
First sell the TV !

4) Genealogy at the Clare County, Ireland, Library !
Genealogy & Family History
Literature & Song
Places and Placenames

5) Clare Heritage and Genealogy Centre
“County Clare, situated on the west coast of Ireland in
the province of Munster suffered greatly from
emigration over the last two hundred years. Between
the years 1850 and 1880 an estimated 112,000 people
emigrated from Co. Clare. By comparison the present
population stands at just under 90,000.”

6) 35,000 order Titanic centre tickets in Belfast
Titanics 100th Anniversary also spawns a new
Titanic Memorial Cruise up to $9,000 per ticket ?

7) Irish Community Archive Network
Showcasing local history from across the island of Ireland

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Advance Notes for Irish Family History Show 196
Among Todays Topics at the Irish Roots Cafe:

1)   Irish Family Name Focus on Cormick
2)   Searching for Talbot, Tumpane, Carrigan & Flynn
3)   Notes on our Favorite Irish Festival in the U.S.
4)   Sean Nós Irish Song Awards tent 2011 – 2012 !
5)   Our YouTube ‘Video Shorts’ now being added !
6)   Scandalous Irish Family Name appears

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1) Just catching up on things here, you know we
are usually so filled with Irishness after the Dublin,
Ohio Festival that we don’t have the energy to make
it to the K.C. festival which is next on our list… but
maybe this year we will be able to gear up for it, and
see how things are going – maybe even sing a song
or two.  I hear it is rip-roarin’ now…

Louisville Irish Arts
2)  Did I tell you about the Louisville, Kentucky,
Irish Arts Festival yet ?
Well, Barbara Fields stopped by our tent in
Dublin and introduced herself and this nice event.
Hope we will be able to make it – at least in 2012 !
(if not 2011)

Folks We Met
3)   And talking about who dropped by the festival,
I also recall Brian O’Neill of the O’Neill Clann
Association who is a good one, and of course the
Ward Irish Sheet music exhibit again this year,  and
Kathleen Whitt, who judged us at the SeanNós
competition song tent at Dublin, goin for the gold !
Meet Me Next Year
Hey, next year I want to get a group to show up for
this friendly session of singing old style, in the Irish
Language.  Lots of us beginners out there.
So, put it on your list and contact me today if you
are going to be there next year !

YouTube Genealogy Video
4)  Speaking of our Irish Video Shorts on YouTube.
You can find most of them under my account name
of MicktheBridge.
That’s the name I use to hide out from everyone
when I sing.
(My channel is the Irish Roots Cafe on YouTube.)
The first 16 video shorts are up and posted there,
with a focus on Genealogy, History, and of course
Books to help research the same !
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We will be adding some traditional and Sean Nós
song videos shortly and more on genealogy.
So keep your eyes open for them.

At The Irish Festival
We always run into the most interesting people
and stories at the Irish Fest in Dublin, Ohio.  It’s
been that way for 13 years or so, and they keep
asking us back as consultants and exhibitors in
the genealogy tent- and sometimes to teach at the
Irish Academy there before the fest. (Something
too few people really have taken advantage of. )

I’ll play the recording I made with one researcher
this year about an Irishman who married someone
who required he change his name before they were
united.  Well, so Costello did, but there is a surprise
ending.  And for all of you who wonder where your
family went…. take a listen to this one ! (podcast 196)

Irish Names Researched
Here are just a few of the names that I recall being
looked after by researchers this year, maybe if I put
them all out there, I will be able to get them out of
my mind:
Dorsey; Milligan; Costello (2); Walsh; Murphy; Riley;
O’Neyland with the unicorn arms; O’Brien of Missouri;
MacNamara (2); Roach; McGee; McCann; Corbett;
Ramsay (looking for a Scots kilt now): Hanrahan; and
the most scandalous of all: Sexton, which was
shortened to the name of ‘Sex’, and it said so on his
drivers license, just to make sure I took it seriously..
We had at least 4 families mention County Wexford
this year, all along with Clare; and Cork; and Cavan…

Tough Ones
I remember looking for Nephan and advising it could
be from a more common spelling of Nevin.  They were
also looking for Grimes of County Mayo, Ireland; and
deClare from France, avoiding persecution; and Garmon
was another good one, perhaps from Gorman.  The
scarcest one of all for me was: ‘Busher’, and I’ve heard
a million family searches, but this was the first ‘Busher’.

Emergency Evacuation
Of course there was so much going on outside of the
genealogy tent.  A lot of acts from Ireland and the U.S..
I did manage to hear Karan Casey, whom I first heard
on the Highland Sessions CD – what a job she did with
Buille Macree….. and ran into most of the music group
‘Kelly’ from the Kansas City area, always worth a listen,
but there was a problem when a storm broke out and
the festival had to be evacuated !  But all ended well with
improptu concerts inside the safe buildings for those
who fled that direction.
Our favorite fest food was the grilled salmon on a bun,
which could be had in 3 minutes flat, and I wonder why I
can’t get that at the drive through at home…..

Now, the only other panic type situation that comes to
mind.  Each year one or two folks come up an break
into a conversation, push to the front of the line and
both begging and demanding ask:
“Where is the Bathroom ?”  With panic on their faces.
Luckily it is just 20 seconds away, and the signs get
bigger every year I think.

Well, I’ve missed more than I can possibly tell, including
Brian Boru, the Workshops, Storytelling, and the like.
But these were the things stamped in the front of my
mind this year….  see you next time I hope..

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

1) Linda Knowlton of Long Beach, CA, your
Co. Roscommon, Ireland genealogy book has shipped !

2)  Luke Mullins of Mosinee, WI. welcome as a new

3) Rick McCarthy of Sidney, BC, Canada your
Families of County Cork has shipped.

4) David Cremeens of Irwin, PA, your Families of
Co. Cork has shipped.

5) Michael Ranspot of Kew, United Kingdom, your
Kings and Queens County book; birth index; spellings
book and Co. Kildare book has shipped !

6) Jeanne Bruno of Eads, TN welcome as a new member !
I am researching Talbot / Tumpane in Co. Tipperary and
Carrigan / Flynn in County Leitrim.

7) Kathy Allen of Port Charlotte, FL.,
welcome as a new member !
Catherine Harrington @ 1845. Patrick U. Sullivan @ 1842.
Both gr grandparents b. Ire. to U.S. before 1870. Lived in
Fall River, MA. on Snell St when my grmother was a little
girl. Her name was Catherine Mae Sullivan b. 1876. They
had 3 other children that I know of, James, Margaret, Julia.

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Irish Family Name of the Day:

Irish Family Name of the Day:

Todays family history in honor of :

Related Spellings of the Name
McCormick, McCormack, Cormac, Cormican, Cormicke,
O’Cormick, etc…

Varient Spelling Groups:   #335, #1274, #2161
From The Guide to the Various Spellings of Irish Family Names

History of the Name
The name may come originally from O’Cormac, Mac Cormack,
or may have Scottish origins when found in Ulster as well.
The 1890 index shows McCormick as the preferred spelling in
the Ulster counties of Antrim and Down. McCormack is favored
in Dublin, Mayo, Roscommon and Limerick.  The shortened
form of Cormack is found in Kilkenny and Tipperary in much
smaller numbers.

17th Century
In 1659 Cormac was a principal name of Kildare, O’Cormack a
principal name of Cork and also found in Limerick, while
McCormack was a principal name in Down also found in Cork,
Kerry, Limerick and Roscommon.
The name could also come from O’Cormacan or Cormican
origins….end of partial extract from 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)  Cormacan is given on page 21 of our ‘Irish Book of Arms’
no illustration. From the original.
The Free Master online index at shows:
Listings for the name many times, here are a few examples:

1)   Cormic in the 1659 Census of Ireland.
2)   Cormick in ‘The Families of Co. Clare, Ireland’.
3)   Cormick in ‘County Mayo genealogy & family History notes.
4)   Cormick in ‘            Longford  ‘’
5)   Cormick in ‘            Meath and Westmeath “
6)   J. Cormick in ‘        Fermanagh and Louth “
7)   ‘Cormicks Regiment’ 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.
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