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President’s Letter by Valerie Morrison, President How is your summer going? It flies by for most of us, especially here in Minnesota. IGSI is lucky to have many active volunteers, and some of those volunteers are available to help, or just visit a bit, if you stop by the library on Irish Saturdays, or stop in at other events. Here is a brief list of some of the things on the IGSI calendar. IGSI staffs the entire Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) library, not just the large Irish section, every second Saturday, except August. In fact, this is a good time to remind you that in August, our library is usually closed for an extensive period so volunteers can work at the Minnesota State Fair. Check our website or the MnGS website for the times the library is open, and more about the overall holdings and the other ethnic groups that staff the library at different times. While the library is open at various times, only on Irish Saturdays are free classes provided to members of IGSI, MGS, or other affiliated groups. (If you are not a member, a $5 per day research fee applies.) At 9:30 A.M., an “Introduction to Irish Research and the Library” is valuable for beginners or advanced researchers. The hour-long class concludes with a tour of the library, but volunteers can provide a quick orientation tour at any time. MGS holdings include a variety of United States and foreign books, periodicals and CD’s. The library has computers, but does not currently provide Internet access. Many researchers who stop in on Irish Saturday have found themselves using the U.S. or Canadian reference material to fill in their family information before getting to the individual or family that traveled from Ireland. I’m writing this before we’ve even had our quarterly meeting in May, but I’d like to see you at our August meeting, Saturday the 27th. The Quarterlies are held in the lower level of the MGS library building. The programs that follow our short business meetings have been wonderful. Check our website for past program summaries, and announcements of current programs. August activities of note include an Irish Fair at Harriet Island Park in St. Paul, Minnesota and Irish Fest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin . Irish Fest in Milwaukee is a weekend party; it takes place on great festival grounds right on Lake Michigan’s shore, and features wonderful music. This year, St. Paul hosts the international convention of the Federation of East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS), August 19-21. This organization links genealogy societies from a large area, Finland and Russia to Germany and points south. IGSI will not participate, but if you have ancestry in this area as well as Ireland, this is a wonderful opportunity. Check it out at . Don’t have a family reunion to attend? Vacation in an area that has some historical connection with your family. Just visiting the regions or very neighborhoods of your ancestors adds a depth and richness to travel that is immensely satisfying. If you have any chance at all - take the trip! Finally, IGSI will be presenting a daylong genealogical workshop in the northern Twin Cities metro area, on October 15, 2005. Save that date, and as always, I wish you the best of luck in all your searches.


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Irish Genealogical Society International P.O. Box 16585 • St. Paul, MN 55116 E-Mail address: [email protected] Web site address: www.IrishGenealogical.org Official Sponsor of the Fourth Irish Genealogical Congress, Ireland 2001

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The Septs is published quarterly and is available through membership at $25 per four quarters. The Septs is mailed to new members upon receipt of payment and thereafter mailed as indicated below. Contributions and article ideas are welcome. Material intended for publication is due the 1st of February, May, August and November. Material should be mailed to the address above, ATTN: Editor, and may be published or edited at the discretion of the journal staff. Copyright © 2005 by Irish Genealogical Society, International Printed USA

2004-2005 Board of Directors President Past President 1st V.P. 2nd V.P. Secretary Treasurer Book Sales Historians

Valerie Morrison [email protected] Nancy Grell [email protected] Colleen McClain [email protected] Tom Rice [email protected] Jeanne Bakken [email protected] Mary Wickersham [email protected] Kathy Lund [email protected]

Jerry Savage [email protected] Bill Buethe & [email protected] Sheila Cunningham [email protected] Hospitality Mary Joan Larsen Irish Days Beth Mullinax [email protected] IT Chair John Friel [email protected] Journal Editor Mary Schaenzer [email protected] Layout/Design Diane Lovrencevic [email protected] Library Acquisition Beth Mullinax [email protected] Membership Nancy Grell [email protected] Past Journal Editor Ida Troye [email protected] Publications Chair Tom Rice [email protected] Publicity Jeanne Bakken [email protected] Volunteer Coord. Jeanne Bakken [email protected] Website Editor Scott Lund [email protected]

Editor’s Letter by Mary Schaenzer, Editor


oes your family’s oral history state your ancestor “came from Cork?” Until you’ve backed this up with research assume this only partially true. Tony McCarthy in his book Tracing Your Cork Ancestors mentions that from 1860 onward the port of Cobh was the principle port of emigration for the majority of Irish from the lower half of Ireland. So, if your oral family history states your ancestor(s) came from Cork, this may be true to a point. They along with thousands of their fellow Irishmen left Ireland from the Port of Cobh, but may have lived in counties north of County Cork. This is where Cluster Research can be of assistance. Cluster Research involves researching all the records of relatives and descendants of your ancestor. The premise is the paper trail left by your ancestor’s relatives will help lead you to information your ancestor did not provide. In this case, perhaps their place of birth in Ireland. In my own research I have found information about two of my great-great grandfathers by researching their siblings’ death records. If you are interested in learning more about Cluster Research an informative article was published in the October 1999 issue of The Septs. You can order a copy of this issue through the IGSI Bookstore.

In this issue IGSI member Glenn O’Meara has written an article about his O’Meara ancestors and their connection to the Peter Robinson Settlers. These settlers were part of a resettlement scheme in which the British Government transported over 2,500 poor Irish Peasants from County Cork to Ottawa and Peterborough Canada. Carol Bennett McCuaig, Canada’s best selling author of The Peter Robinson Settlers and Valley Irish calculates that thousands of people in Canada and the United States are descended from these settlers. If you believe your ancestors may have immigrated to Ontario in the early 1820’s, the Peter Robinson records are worth researching. If your ancestors immigrated to Ontario after this period, you may still want to spend some time reviewing these records as they may have immigrated to Ontario to join family members who were Peter Robinson Settlers. IGSI’s Library collection includes the Peter Robinson ship lists. The beauty of these ship lists is they list the immigrant’s place of origin in Ireland. Once again we are fortunate to have an IGSI member, Kathleen Flanagan and her cousin Lois Lantry Steffey, share a family letter written by their ancestor Father Tim Mahony. Father Tim wrote the letter while visiting Ireland in August 1900. Father Tim speaks honestly about what he sees, which in itself provides an interesting and eye-opening snapshot of the living conditions of Ireland at the turn of the century. But the real value of this letter is the family history Father Tim recounts. The knowledge he gained of his family history was indeed invaluable to the sister to whom he was writing, and to the generations that followed. I’m sure Father Tim didn’t realize his letter would be saved for 105 years. The information we gather for our on genealogical research may one day be read a century from now by our own descendants. Good Luck and God Bless.

We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. T.S. Eliot

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Article Contributions..................83 Ask Connemara Kate ................67 Bog Lane ....................................74 Book & Media Review ..............90 Change of Address Form ...........92 Clans ..........................................81 Cork Heritage Information ........80 County Cork Key Resources ......68 Donations ..................................81 Education .................................77 Gleanings ..................................86 Index of The Septs ......................90 IGSI Bookstore ..........................88 IGSI Quarterly Program.............71 IGSI Website News ....................67 Letter From Father Tim Mahony...72 Library Donations ......................87 Library News .............................84 Meet the Volunteer ....................78 Membership Application ............91 100 Years Ago Today...................77 Research Assistance ....................83 Quarterly Meeting Info ..............76 Queries.......................................82 Thank You Volunteers! ...............79 The O’Meara Family HistoryPeter Robinson Settlers.............64 Volunteer Opportunities ............79 The Septs Vol. 26 No. 3 Irish Genealogical Society International


The O’Meara Family History – Peter Robinson Settlers By Glenn O’Meara In 1823 and 1825, over 2,500 people sailed from Cobh harbor, County Cork to Upper Canada. Known as the Peter Robinson Settlers, these Irish immigrants, largely poor and Roman Catholic, settled on government provisioned land in the Ottawa Valley and Peterborough areas of Ontario, Canada. This paper follows the author’s ancestors that left Rathcormic, County Cork on July 8, 1823. There they sailed on the HMS Stakesby, with Peter Robinson, to settle the Ottawa Valley in Ontario Canada. Here we review empirical and ethnographic data to prove or negate the O’Meara oral tradition that Thomas O’Meara was born in County Cork, Ireland around 1820. That he immigrated to Ontario, Canada as a child, and in 1868 homesteaded in Le Sueur County, Minnesota. Our sources include a ship index; Peter Robinson’s log; ethnographic documentation from Carol Bennett’s and D.W. McCuaig’s books “Valley Irish” and the “Peter Robinson’s Settlers”; and the biography of Thomas Hunt, a grandson of Thomas O’Meara. It is here the family historians of the O’Meara, Finn and Hunt clans, all members of the Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI), have played key roles in corroborating and sharing their own genealogical research. We present our findings for your review. Emigration to Upper Canada 1823 Peter Robinson Settlers

After the Napoleonic wars, Ireland suffered an economic depression. Northern Cork was on the verge of an agrarian revolt as the poverty brought on by several years of poor potato crops resulted in the eviction of many tenant farmers. The British Parliament voted in favor of financing an experimental emigration plan to transport poor Irish families from the area north of the Blackwater River in County Cork to the Ottawa Valley. (A few families also came from Counties Limerick, Tipperary, Clare and Waterford.) Peter Robinson, a Canadian born veteran of the War Printed with permission by the Peterborough of 1812, was charged Centennial Museum & Archives, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. with bringing nearly 200 Irish families to Ontario, Canada. Among these immigrants were John Mara 42, his wife Joanna Mara 36, and their six children Mary 15, John (Jr) 12, Joanna 8, Bridget 6, Thomas 5, & Ellen 3. “We arrived at Quebec in the Stakesby on the 2d of September after a passage of eight weeks. After reaching Montreal on the 6th we set out in boats to Prescott, a distance of 320 miles. The crews of each (boat) consisting chiefly of emigrants, with two Canadians to guide and steer. Notwithstanding the rapidity of the river and unskillfulness of the men, few of whom had ever been in a boat, we got to Prescott on the 15th. On the 18th I left Prescott, and proceeded across the country in wagons to the Mississippi River, a distance of about sixty miles, and arrived on the 22nd. The township of Ramsay, which the Mississippi intersects, appeared to be exceedingly eligible. I therefore located in the township of Ramsay 82 heads of


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families, in Pakenham 29, in Bathurst 1, in Lanark 2, in Beckwith 5, in Goulburn 26, in Darling 3, and in Huntley 34; making in all 182.”

For their paid passage, John Mara’s family settled on lot 4, concession 4, in Ramsay Township, Lanark County in the spring of 1824. Carol Bennett and D.W. McCuaig, in their book “Valley Irish” refers to John Mara:

Lanark County, Ontario Canada

“By 1826 two more births had occurred in this household. John certainly worked hard at establishing himself. By 1834 he had occupied three different farms 'which he improved but had to give some up.' By 1835 he was living on lot 9, concession 9, Ramsay Township. The parish priest noted that the couple then had 'two sons and four or five daughters' Mrs. O'Mara was evidently an accomplished knitter, for in 1831 she presented a pair of 'stockings' to the priest."

Blending Oral Tradition with Research and Fact 1823 - 1841

We know the Mara family lived in Ramsay Township from 1823-1835. Blending this with oral tradition, we confirm Thomas had at least seven sisters: Mary, Johanna Finn, Bridget Dwyer, Elisabeth/Ellen/Liza Brady, Ann O’Mara, Mrs. Moriarty, Mrs. Healy, and Mrs. Margaret Ward. Since not all family lines have been researched we have pieced together what we know through in-law relationships. According to Carol Bennett and D.W. McCuaig’s book, Valley Irish: “Father John MacDonald, the pioneer priest at Perth, married Bridget O'Mara and Michael Dwyer on Oct. 5, 1841 at St. John the Baptist church in Perth, Ontario. Their parents are John O'Mara and Johanna Foley; John Dwyer and Catherine Fenton, the latter were not Peter Robinson Settlers.” Bridget and Michael Dwyer are buried in the cemetery of St. Henry’s church, Le Sueur County, Minnesota. Ottawa Valley - Thomas O’Mara & Margaret (Foley) O’Mara 1846 - 1853

On June 3, 1846, Thomas O’Mara married Margaret Foley at St. Philips Nepean Church, in Ottawa, Canada. The witnesses were Jeremiah Foley and Elisabeth O’Mara. They lived-in Huntley Township, Carleton County where two of their three children were born: Mary Ann, April 2, 1847; and James, September 9, 1848. The O’Mara’s lived 35 miles north of Mary Ann’s future husband, Michael Hunt, of Kitley Township. It is here we see the “O” and the “e” begin to appear in the records of the children, changing Mara to O’Meara. Thomas’ sister, Johanna married Denis Finn at St. Philips Church on November 6, 1848, witnessed by Patrick Finn and Margaret O’Mara, all of Ramsay Township. His direct descendent is an IGSI member! He writes: “Denis Finn was born circa 1800 and sailed from County Tipperary, Ireland with his wife and young daughter, Mary Ann who was born in 1842. We believe his wife died in passage. Denis then married Johanna O'Meara who was born 1814 in

County Cork Ireland and may have been the sister of your greatgreat grandfather Thomas. We are not sure when and how Johanna got to Canada, but they married in 1848.” Thomas O’Mara is absent in the Ottawa Valley after 1851. However, by focusing on the children of John and Johanna Mara through land, marriage and baptismal records we find the extended family migrated to Huron and Perth Counties in western Ontario during the early 1850’s. These families include Thomas and Margaret O’Mara; Michael and Bridget (O’Mara) Dwyer; Daniel and Elizabeth (O’Mara) Brady; and Ann O'Mara. 1853 - 1868: Perth, Huron and Middlesex Counties; Ontario Canada

Documentation proves that Thomas and Margaret lived in this community from 1853-1864 as their third child, Teresa was born May 19, 1853 in Perth County, and their older daughter Mary Ann married Michael Hunt on January 7, 1864 at St. Columban Church, Perth County. In 1861, the census of Huron County shows the families of Denis Finn and Thomas O’Meara living in Usborne Township, with John O’Meara living in Biddulph Township. John O'Meara, Ellen (O'Mara) Brady and Johanna (O'Mara) Finn's children were baptized at St. Patrick's, Lucan in Biddulph Township. Bridget (O'Mara) Dwyer’s only child was baptized at St. Peter's Cathedral in London, Middlesex County. By cross-referencing ship, land, census, baptismal and death records the children of John and Johanna Mara can be placed in the Ottawa Valley, in Ontario Canada until 1864. 1869 – Present: Le Sueur County Minnesota

Top row from left to right; Kate Sheehy & Inez Sheehy; bottom row from left to right; Mary Ann (O'Meara) Hunt & Margaret (Foley) O'Meara.

The O’Meara family arrived in Le Sueur County, Minnesota by 1869 as documented by the Declaration of Intention papers

Printed by permission of Glen O’Meara

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Thomas O’Meara was a skilled Adzes man and could hue to a line by sight. In the mid 1870’s he worked the American West building bridges. His grandson, Thomas Hunt, born February 22, 1885 wrote: “Grandmother O’Meara (Margaret Foley O’Mara) was a powerful woman who walked twelve miles to town and back with her groceries, the same day. She was stern and self-sufficient. In fact she brought the family to Minnesota and was master of the house. She always had good things to eat, raspberries in yellow stone jars preserved in maple sugar, dried apples and pies. Her log house was spotless. In later years she knitted mittens for us. Earlier, she made straw hats from wheat straw. I remember little of Grandfather O’Meara (Thomas O’Mara), who was a rover, rarely at home. He spent much of his time in the Far West and at one time staked a claim at Mullen, Idaho. I remember his speaking of Missoula, Deer Lake, and Flathead Lake.”

John O’Meara’s Land in Lanark County, Ontario Canada

signed by Thomas, his son James, and nephew Thomas Dwyer on March 1, 1869. Denis Finn signed his Declaration of Intention June 22, 1869. Oral tradition states “Thomas Dwyer came to Lexington Township in 1868 and farmed there until eight years before he died.” This is corroborated through the 1870 census of Le Sueur County, Minnesota which confirms the O’Meara, Dwyer, Hunt and Brady families were all listed in the 1870 census of Cordova Township, and the Finn family in

Thomas and Margaret O’Meara are buried in Kilkenny Township, Minnesota. The inscription on their tombstone reads: ‘In memory of Thomas O’Meara and his wife Margaret born in County Cork ages 75 and 82 years.’ Here the journey began. God bless. To read more about the Peter Robinson Settlers, the IGSI library collection includes the books “Valley Irish” and the “Peter Robinson’s Settlers” by Carol Bennett and D.W. McCuaig. Or you may purchase one of these books through Juniper Books Ltd, R. R. 2, Renfrew, ON, K7V 3Z5, Canada. Website: . Bennett, Carol Peter Robinson's Settlers (Canada, Juniper Books, 1987). Bennett, Carol and McCuaig, D.W. Valley Irish (Canada, Juniper Books, 1983). “Emigration To Canada Memorandum” © The Peterborough Centennial Museum & Archives, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Hunt, Tom “The American Tale” Maps: © Copyright McGill University, 2001. The Canadian County Atlas Digital Project. Lanark County (Ontario Map Ref #40) Lanark Supplement in Illustrated atlas of the Dominion of Canada. Toronto: H. Belden & Co., 1880.

Cordova Post Office between 1880-1885 Front Row left to right; James Green, Jack Gibbons, Bill Unger, John Chase, Charley Humphrey, Fred Richardson. Back Row Left to right standing Milton Vail, Jim Keough, John Vail (or Vall), Otto Bolke, Fred Rau, Orange Rau, Steve Hunt, Emil Kuehn Printed by permission from Glen O’Meara

Cleveland Township. 66

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Ask Connemara Kate by Beth Mullinax Dear Kate: I have a county in Ireland, County Mayo, but I can’t find the parish in which my ancestors lived. Everyone tells me to use the Griffith’s Valuation (GV), however, GV is dated 1856 in County Mayo and my family left Ireland in 1845. Why would I bother with Griffith’s? Answer: Many Irish researchers’ families left before GV. You need to understand, that GV is about all we have to try and locate the area where our families lived before emigrating. The lack of a census in Ireland before 1901 leaves us little choice. Most important is the fact that your immigrant ancestors were not the only members of their families. They often left behind brothers, uncles, cousins, and sometimes even parents and grandparents. In other words, your ancestors were not the only ones with your surnames in County Mayo! With your surname, unless it is too common, we can usually zero in on a parish, or two, and sometimes even a town-

land where they most likely lived. It helps if we have a second surname, a maiden name of the wife (if married in Ireland) or of the mother (if born in Ireland). With the one or two surnames, we can ‘map’ the surname(s) on a map showing the Civil Parishes of County Mayo and usually come up with a parish. With the parish, you can check church records, Tithe Applotment Books, and other records available within the parish to confirm or disprove the findings of the ‘mapping’. By looking at the actual GV, verses the index, you may find people with surnames that have been listed on baptisms and marriages as witnesses. No one doing Irish research in the 19th or 20th century should ignore Griffith’s Valuation. However, if your Irish families emigrated in the 18th century, GV would not be of much assistance. We would then recommend other resources.

IGSI Website News by Kathy Lund and Scott Lund If you have not already done so, please change your bookmarks for the IGSI website to URL: http://www.IrishGenealogical.org. By the time you read this our Members Only section of the webpage should be underway. Just follow the directions to log-in and you will be treated to at least three areas of research. Member surname and contact information: You may search by surname, county in Ireland, emigration destination, etc. As with any database, the more information you enter, the fewer matches you will get. The resulting list will show whatever genealogical and personal information other IGSI members have submitted; including their addresses, phones, and emails. The latter may be used immediately for contact. What a shortcut this will be! Of course, we depend on you to keep your email information current. We hope soon to accept renewals and memberships online with a credit card. At that time you can amend your submitted information. The Septs: We will be publishing our quarterly journal in this Members Only area also. The format will probably be identical to the printed version. The Periodical Indexing Project (PIP): This is a list of genealogical useful articles from the periodicals in our library collection. It is arranged by locale and is browse-able. You may order a copy of an interesting article from our Librarian. Please feel free to suggest other materials for our Members Only section. We hope to tap into the experience and wisdom of our members. Of course, we will also have the public section of the webpage with general information about our Society, meetings, library catalog, and bookstore offerings. We are unifying the look of our pages and simplifying navigation. As an all-volunteer group, we have been working hard to educate ourselves and make these changes. We hope you enjoy the results! Do not be shy about volunteering to help us out! The Septs Vol. 26 No. 3 Irish Genealogical Society International


County Cork Key Resources Province: Munster Location: County Cork is the largest county in Ireland. It is located on the south-east coast of Ireland. County Kerry lies on its western border, with County Limerick to the north, County Tipperary to the northwest, and County Waterford to the northeast. Baronies: Barretts, Barrymore, Bear, East Carbery, West Carbery, Condons & Clangibbon, Cork – Courceys, Duhallow, Fermoy, Ibane & Barryroe, Imokilly, Kerrycurrihy, Kinalea, Kinalmeaky, Kinnatalloon, Kinsale, East Muskerry, West Muskerry, Orrery and Kilmore. Major Towns: Bandon, Bantry, Clonakilty, Cobh, Cork City, Fermoy, Kinsale, Mallow, Macroom, Midleton, Mitchelstown, Skibbereen, Youghal. Surnames of County Cork: Buckley, Callaghan, Connell, Connor, Crowley, Fitzgerald, Keating, Leary, Lynch, McCarthy, McAuliffe, Murphy, Savage, Sheehan, Sullivan, Walsh. Population: In 1821 629,786 people lived in County Cork. Seventy years later, in 1891, the population fell to 438,432. The decrease was largely due to death from the Great Famine and emigration after 1847. Civil Parish Map: A Civil Parish map, along with the townlands associated with each Parish is located online at the Irish Times website.

Roman Catholic Parish Map: A Roman Catholic Parish map, along with the townlands associated with each Parish is located online at the Irish Times website.

Reference Material Available Through LDS Microfilm Film Number 101781

Description Protestant & Catholic RecordsDiocese of Cloyne 1766 2356519–2356520; Cork County–Jail Registers, 2356535; 1819-1933 2356600-2356605; 2356948; 356952–2356953; 2357070–2357071 6341620; 6342455 Griffith’s Valuation - County Cork 100929-100942 Cork District Will Books, 1858-1897 6037049 Gravestone Inscriptions-County Cork


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Film Number 994078 824232

Description Tombstone Inscriptions-Barony of Berehaven,

The County & City of Cork, Post Office Directory, 1842-1843 100179 Holden's triennial directory 873916 History of West Cork & the Diocese of Ross 873914; 873525 The Diocese of Cork 2356251; 2356252 National School RegistersChimneyfield 1871-1925 2356252 National School RegistersGlengoura, 1906-1925

Cork Heritage Centres, Societies and County Libraries Cork Archives Institute - Christchurch South Main Street Cork City, County Cork Ireland Telephone (021) 427 7809 Website: Collection: Largely from the 19th and 20th centuries, include local authority and business archives; deposits from families and associations; landed estate papers; religious institution archives; society, union and private organization archives; and some school records. Open to the public by appointment only. They do not perform genealogical research. St. Finbarr’s Church - South Parish Dunbar Street Cork City, County Cork Ireland Website: Email: Part of the Diocese of Cork and Ross, this is the oldest Catholic Church in Cork City still in use. Their computerized parish records include marriage and baptismal certificates from 1776. Open to the public, Saturdays. They do not perform genealogical research. Skibbereen Heritage Centre - Old Gas Works, Upper Bridge Street Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland Telephone: (353) 28 40900 Website: Email: Collection: Include the 1901 and 1911 Censuses and Griffith’s Valuation Index for the town of Skibbereen.

Cobh, The Queenstown Story Cobh Heritage Centre, Cobh, County Cork, Ireland. TEL 353 (21) 4 813591 Website: Email Cork Genealogical Society 4 Evergreen Villas Evergreen Road Cork City, County Cork Ireland Website: A member based genealogical society for County Cork. Does not offer genealogical research but member websites offer a wealth of genealogical information. Membership is $15 Euro per year, which includes access to monthly meetings and the society’s newsletter. Cork County Library Farranlea Road Cork City, County Cork Ireland Telephone: (021) 546499 Website: E-mail: < [email protected]> Collection: The 1901 Census, Tithe Applotment Books, Griffith’s Valuation, 19th and 20th Century newspaper archives. Open to the public. Arigideen Valley Heritage Park - Castleview Clonakilty, County Cork,.Ireland Contact Dolores or Timothy Telephone 353 (0) 23 46107 Website: < www.reachireland.com/heritage-park.html> E Mail:

Cork Internet Links (all begin with http://www unless noted) Description

Website Address

Irish Genealogical Society of Wisconsin

Irish Genealogical Society of Michigan

The Ulster Historical Foundation

Immigrants at Grosse-Ile, CAN

Minnesota Death Certificates Index

Death Indexes of some U.S. States and U.S. Counties.

Irish Family Research website. Searchable databases, some free.

The Cork Genealogical Society’s website. Check out Jean Prendergast and Ginni Swanton’s information in the “Members Websites” section.

County Cork GenWeb Project

Community Radio in Youghal (CRY), County Cork, Ireland. Listen to CRY live on the Internet.

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IGSI Library Collection - County Cork • Bantry, Berehaven and the O’Sullivan Sept. By T.D. Sullivan • Beara: A Journey Through History. By Daniel M. O'Brien • The Berehaven Copper Mines, Allihies, Co. Cork S.W. Ireland By R.A. Williams • The Book of Cloyne By Padraig O Loingsigh • Civil Survey 1654-1656, Volume X, Miscellanea By Robert C. Simington • Civil Survey 1654-656 , Volume VI, Co. Waterford with Appendices: Muskerry Barony, Co. By Robert C. Simington • Collection of 1851 Census Records, Co. Cork By Josephine Masterson • Cork Gravestone Inscriptions: Ballymodan & Bandon By Droichead na Banndan Community Co-Operative • Cork Gravestone Inscriptions: Reilig, Baile, Muadan Reilig, Baile, Muadan By Droichead na Banndan Community Co-Operative • Cork History & Society. By Patrick & Cornelius G. Buttimer O'Flanagan • County & City of Cork Post Office General Directory, 1842-3, containing the Nobility, Gen By F. Jackson • County Cork Townland Maps (10 MF) By Brian Mitchell • Directory Henry & Coughlan 1867 Extract of Waterford City, Tramore, Dungarvan & Youghal By Henry & Coughlan • Emigrants from Ireland, 1847-1852. State-aided emigration schemes from crown Estates. By Eilish Ellis • Irish Historical & Archaeological Research. Collected Works of Liam O’Buachalla. By Liam O'Buachalla • The Galtees Anthology. By John Gallahue • Gravestone Inscription s of the Cathedral Cemetery of Cloyne, Co. Cork By Richard Henchion • Gravestone Inscriptions, Ballydesmond Graveyard By A.T. Culloty • A Guide to the Antiwuities of the Beara Peninsula By Jack Roberts • Half-Inch Map #20. South Cork Ordnance Survey Office • Half-Inch Map #21. Kerry-Cork Ordnance Survey Office • Half-Inch Map #22. East Cork-Waterford Ordnance Survey Office • Half-Inch Map #24. West Cork Ordnance Survey Office • Half-Inch Map #25. South Cork Ordnance Survey Office • Haulbowline. Spike and Rocky Islands, Co. Cork By Niall Brunicardi


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• History of Crosshaven. Crosshaven Townland, Parish of Templebreedy, Co. Cork By Diarmiud O Muchadha • History of the O’Mahony Septs of Kinelmeky and Ivah, Co. Cork By Rev. Canon O'Mahony • In the Shadows. Life in Cork 1750-1930. Appendix providing details of over 380 executions By Colman O'Mahony • Inchigeelagh, County Cork, Baptisms and Marriages. Extracted from “O’Kief, Coshe Mang, Sl By Alice Extractions Finnegan • Index of Slater’s Directory 1846 for South East of Ireland. Counties Cork, Wexford, Carlo By Tom Veale • Kenmare Manuscripts 18th Century Kenmare Estates of the Earl of Kenmare By Edward MacLysaght • Kilbrogan Church of Ireland, Bandon, Co. Cork Bandon Historical Society • Kilmeen & Castleventry Parish, Co. Cork By Daniel O'Leary • Kiskeam Cousins. By John J. O'Riordain • Lewis’ Cork. Topographical Dictionary of the Parishes & Towns & Villages of Cork City & County By Lewis • O’Kief, Coshe Mang Slieve Lougher & Upper Blackwater in Ireland (16 vol.) By Albert E. Casey • Pigot 1824 Surname Index of Waterford City/County, Youghal Cork), Carrick-on-Suir & Clon By Tom Veale • Register of the Parish of Holy Trinity (Christ Church), Cork 1643-1669. (Church of Ireland) By Susan Hood • Ruchard Lucas 1788 Directory Extract for South East of Ireland. Counties, Carlow, Clare, By Richard Lucas • A Short History of Cork.By W.G. MacCarthy • Silver, Sails & Silk. Huguenots in Cork 1685 – 1750, By Alicia St. Leger • Sketches in Carbery. By Daniel Donovan • Slater’s 1856 Commercial Directory. Surname Extracts for Waterford City/County, Youghal By Slater • Slater’s 1881 Commercial Directory. Surname Extracts for Waterford City/County, Youghal By Slater • West Cork Parish Histories and Place-Names By Jeremiah O'Mahony • Who Were My Ancestors? Genealogy of the Bere Island Parish, Co. Cork, INDEX By Riobard O'Dwyer • Youghal, Co. Cork Ireland, 1846. An extract from Slater’s Commercial Directory By Tom Veale

The Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI) Quarterly Program Saturday, May 21, 2005 “How to Research Ancestry in All Parts of Ireland” By Pat Cady Eaton You had to be there to savor the tastes – mental, physical, and gustatory. Dr. Brian Trainor

Mr. Fintan Mullan

Eyes glinting, the sounds of Ireland coloring their swift words, two noted historians from Belfast shared their expertise at IGSI’s spring quarterly meeting and all-day workshop. Between helpings of the genealogical main course, IGSI volunteers served homemade mouth-watering cookies and scones, satisfying box lunches, and funny body-wiggling exercises to unkink the sitting-down muscles. The day was illuminating and satisfying.

Dr. Brian Trainor and Mr. Fintan Mullan - the Research and Executive Directors of the Ulster Historical Foundation (UHF) in Belfast, Northern Ireland - spoke to more than 60 Irish researchers from as far away as Georgia about UHF’s unique offerings for Irish genealogists: 1 Valuable old documents that the Foundation has unearthed and published in books and on their website’s database. Some concern all of Ireland, most are about Ulster and ties to Scotland and Britain; some are searchable without cost, others restricted to UHF members. 2 Foundation staff searches for individuals. Because UHF staff knows the history, locale, and documents so well, they can often find ways around genealogical “brick walls.” At this workshop, Dr. Trainor, former director of the Public Record Office in Northern Ireland and Mr. Mullan, director of the Irish Family History Foundation, offered optional private genealogical assessment sessions. Samples of their knowledge and advice: • “Exhaust all research avenues in the US”, then search local records in Ireland. Look beyond indexes to the actual source records. • Consult less usual Ireland sources. See UHF’s list on their website containing estate records of all types (“landed”, “encumbered” or selling records – located at Dublin’s PRO (Public Record Office), National Archives, and county libraries), and the Irish Manuscripts Commission’s publications list. Contact IGSI for list of publications and order form. • Church records can surprise: Some contain notes added later (later marriages, letters of reference, lists of workers for the church, events from outside of Ireland). Cemeteries earlier than late 19th century contain people of many religions. • Why are Ireland records so diverse? Records depend on who is in control and what they encourage or discourage. Because the Church of Ireland was the government-sanctioned church, its records are quite organized and available. The records of less tolerated religions (Catholics, Presbyterians, and smaller groups of non-conformists like Baptist, Huguenot, Methodist, and Quaker) tend to be less complete and less available as a result of the political pressures. • Start tracing your Scotland background at and . Because Scotland’s Calvinist leaders tended to be firmly controlling, record keeping was rigorously organized and sophisticated, so today a genealogist’s pleasure. Scotland grew an egalitarian society with literate writers and readers because it emphasized education and ability to read to insure that, from childhood on, Scots could read the bible. The Scots that emigrated tended to keep their identity as Scots though living in other countries for generations. They kept separate burial grounds for a while. Ulster Historical Foundation Balmoral Buildings 12 College Square East Belfast, BT1 6DD Northern Ireland Email: Websites:

“Not to know what happened before we were born is to remain perpetually a child. For what is the worth of a human life unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?" Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106-43 B.C.

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Letter From Father Tim Mahony By Kathleen Flanagan


imothy “Father Tim” J. Mahony was born in Brasher, New York. A distant cousin of mine, he was ordained in Louvain, Belgium, July 15, 1901. While studying for the priesthood, Father Tim visited West Cork where he met many relatives, including my own great-great grandmother, Julia Lantry McCarthy from the Parish of Tullough, Inchigeelagh. This letter was given to me by Lois Lantry Steffey of California. Father Tim, Lois and I are all descended from Barnaby Lantry, who was born in the Parish of Caheragh, County Cork approximately 1745-1753. He married Hanora O’Leary of Inchigeelagh, a Catholic, and allowed his nine children to be raised Catholic. Barnaby eventually converted to Catholicism. Father Tim’s letter was one of the first introductions to Ireland for his family. Years later we followed his path and visualized the land our ancestors left. The letter is his testimonial to our family. Louvain, Belgium Oct. 16, 1900 Dear Sister and all hands: Pretty late to write about my vacation, but “better late than never.” Well, I left Louvain August 5th in company with a Buffalo chap, and we spent two weeks together having a peep at the Exposition and seeing something of London. In London we separated; and I went on to Ireland by way of Manchester and Liverpool, arriving in Dublin August 21st. The next day I went to Cork and the same evening to Monkstown on Queenstown Bay. I was received by a man of 64 years of age, a very strong built man of over average height. Well, this man proved to be Canon Lyons and a finer, kinder or more hospitable man I have never met. He did everything possible for me and at the end of five days I was really lonesome leaving him. The second day he took me out to Dunmanway and from there we drove out to Lagher where I remained all night. [The next day] Canon Lyons and myself walked over to Droumdeegy where Grandpa Lantry lived, and if in former times the place was as it is today, I do not wonder that the family emigrated. There is a man Hurley living there at present, and perhaps he may be unusually shiftless, but at any rate, you people cannot imagine the filth of that place. The hens and pigs were making themselves right at home around the turf fire and they seemed to be on the best of terms with three of the rosiest, healthiest looking little children that you would care to see, while on the rafters were hanging big hunks of pork to dry and smoke. I have been considering the matter since, and I have come to the conclusion that it was the dirtiest place I saw in Ireland, and I saw some pretty bad cases of filth. When I came out of the place my head began to reel and my pride to tumble way down. However, I understand that it was in better condition when grandfather Lantry lived there. That evening Canon Lyons went back to Dunmanway and I remained with the Murphy family. Mr. Murphy and I drove over by Coolmountain toward Pipe Hill in the Inchigeelagh direction to see a Mrs. Charles McCarthy, whose name was Julia Lantry, a daughter of Thomas Lantry, who was a first cousin of Mother, and son of Charles Lantry, our grand-uncle. She and her daughter were in a field binding grain. Two of her sisters, who were very beautiful, are


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in Cork City. They married Protestants and are widows today. She has brothers in Jersey City and sons and daughters in that city and Chicago. Her daughter who was working in the field with her was a fine looking girl also. In fact the Lantrys were quite genteel people, fond of fine dress and fine manners, and generally to be seen in more genteel society than their neighbors. The next morning one of the Murphy boys drove me on towards Ballyvilone, and we met Canon Lyons on the road after we had walked five Irish miles, so you see he is a strong active man. In fact he gave me many a hard push across country, and I am considered an A-1 walker. We called on several very old men on the road to Ballyvilone, but they all appeared to have forgotten grandpa Mahony except a James Nynan who directed us to Drumfean where grandpa Mahony and his brother John lived together, and were Pa was born and lived. This James Nynan, who is a man closing onto ninety years, directed us to the home of the last Mahony in that part of the country. On the road to Enniskeane we passed by a little thatched hut about half the size of our hen-house and there lived the last Mahony Leader in Ireland. A sorry sight he is. His name is Tom Mahony and as near as I could make out, he is a second cousin of ours. His hut is built right on the road and there is not a foot of land with it, and the Lord only knows how the old couple lives. In the evening we returned to Cork and Monkstown. I then – on leaving Monkstown – went out of Kilmurry and met the Misses Bride and Ann O’Mahony. Connor O’Mahony was attending the National Synod at Maynooth, so I was deprived the pleasure of meeting the most talented man in Ireland. His sisters are very intelligent and ladylike, and also very entertaining. They received me as one of their own, and I had a grand old time there for three or four days. Miss Ann is an O’Mahony through and through and they both took great pleasure in talking about the past history of the family. We worked out the degree of relationship as follows: CONNOR O’MAHONY Connor -----------brothers-----------John (probably) John Tim James James (grandpa) [Fr] Connor, Ann, Jeremiah & Bride Tim (father) James (little boy) Ourselves

This old Connor O’Mahony with five brothers fought in the Battle of Aughrim in 1691. His five brothers were killed on the field. The O’Mahonys were always great fighters since the time of Brian Boru, and at faction fighting they never met their equals. Before Cromwell’s time and Penal Laws the family was very well off and so powerful that the English determined to drive every one of the name in Cork “to hell or Connaught”. But they went neither place but settled down in Kerry and earned their livelihood by teaching Latin and Greek. You must not let your heads get too big when you read this and as a preventative I would suggest that you now and then think of that old Tom Mahony whom I ran across near Enniskeane. I left Kilmurry for Bantry. In the afternoon two Australians and myself climbed to the top of a mountain and obtained the most extensive view that I have so far seen. The whole of Bantry Bay lay at our feet, and we could see far out into the ocean, besides a great part of the Co. Cork and the mountains of Kerry. This is a beautiful place as far as natural scenery is concerned, but a herd of goats would starve here. Yet, quite a population exists there. How, I can’t imagine. Next morning we started on our party mile drive to Killarney. [While] in Dublin I looked up Mr. Barnaby Lanktree, a son of Henry Lanktree, who was a first cousin of Mother’s. He has a splendid position in the Metropolitan Police Force, being Supt. of the Dept. of Detective. Personally he is a tall handsome man and a Lantry through and through, being just a little addicted

to bragging, but in a very pleasant way. He has a brother, Charles, in London acting as Inspector of Police; also a sister, Charity, and two brothers in the Argentine Republic, South America; also a sister Mother Superior of a Convent in New Zealand. He is very well posted on the past history of the family. The Lantrys formerly came from Devonshire, England in the time of Cromwell and settled on land taken from the Irish. They were all Protestants until our great-grandfather was converted four years before his death at the age of ninety-eight. He is buried in the Protestant Cemetery at Dunmanway beside his brother, who died the same week but who was eight or ten years the elder. There is not a Lantry living in Co. Cork today, but there are two other branches of the original stock in northern Ireland. One a Protestant family, Langtry in Belfast; another Catholic family, Lanktree in Westmeath. It is rather strange to think that the Lantrys were not only Englishmen but also Cromwellians and Puritans. But a mixture of blood strengthens the race, ‘tis said. Well, I saw Dublin quite thoroughly and I think it ranks next to Paris and Brussels –a beautiful city. I then crossed the Irish Sea once more and landed in Liverpool where I remained a few hours. England is a rich and beautiful country, but “the bloody bloke of an Englishman” did not take my fancy. He is too reserved, “don’t you know.” On my return I remained a few days in London to get a better idea of the Metropolis. I assure you I enjoyed my vacation very much and it was principally owing to the liberality of you people in America and the kindness of friends in Ireland. Love and greetings to all, T. J. Mahony

Irish Websites of Interest Website Address

Website Name The Irish Times.com.

Ireland Old News

The Corkman Imokilly People

The Southern Star. Aghinagh Parish Website

The Avondhu Press online Castlelyons Parish Website

Diocese of Cork and Ross Ross Carbery Union of Parishes

Description National online newspaper. Ancestor section provides excellent genealogy resources This website contains transcribed articles from old Irish newspapers. Transcriptions for Cork begin in 1756. County Cork Newspaper East Cork & West Waterford Regional Newspaper Online newspaper based in Skibbereen Cty Cork. They have the 1886 Postal Directory of Munster; Aghinagh Townland descriptions; lists of parish Priests and Curants Mitchelstown, County Cork Castlelyons is located in East Cork, 5 miles south of Fermoy. Website contains 1911 census and Slaters Directory. Parish section lists availability of BMD records. Located in the town of Rosscarbery, West County Cork

BOG LANE By David Buckley


y Mother and Father came to the United States in the early part of the Twentieth Century and settled in Boston Massachusetts. They had nine children and my Father, Cornelius, died when I was five years old. My Mother was proud of her, and my Father’s heritage and when I was a young said to me "David, read Irish history". But, of course, being a teenager I had other things on my mind and never paid much attention to her suggestion.

Then, in the late seventies, well after my Mother had passed on --- and after I had been married twenty years --- and our family was grown --- Pat, my wife, bought me a copy of Leon Uris’ “Trinity “ and I devoured it. The book started my quest for origins.

I had no relatives in the states, except my siblings and two cousins I hardly knew. I didn't even know the names of my grandparents -- except I knew that my Mother was a Barry. I also knew she came from Fermoy, County Cork --- a small town just north of Cork City --- and that she and my Father were married at St. Cecilia's Church in Boston. I didn’t know when my parents had arrived, how they got here or, why they came. My older siblings had little information to share so I started through the murky and often disappointing and naïve world of early genealogical research -- often ending in dead-ends. My Mother had an unusual first name. It was Abina (AH BY NA), which is an Anglicization of the name Gobnait – from Saint Gobnait (don’t ask me to explain why). Also from the same source are Abby, Debby, and Deborah. Abina is rare, but not unknown, in Ireland. My Father’s name was Cornelius, also rather common in Ireland but not so in the States. A request to St. Cecilia’s for a marriage certificate turned up my g r a n d p a r e n t ’s names on both sides (Buckley, of course, and Lomasney). Research at a branch of the National Archives in Suffolk County (Boston) turned up a musty large book with my Father’s naturalization papers – both his Albina Barry later in life. applications and Printed by permission of David Buckley final certificate. These contained, in addition to other information about him, 74

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his date of arrival at the port of Boston and the name of the ship, The S.S.Cymric of the White Star Line. I found a copy of the ship’s manifest in the federal archives and more information was revealed when I found the page with his name. It was quite a thrill! I now knew who paid for his passage in steerage (his sister); how much money he had (12 pounds); with whom he was planning Cornelius Buckley with his sons Dave (standing) and Francis (sitting). on staying (he said his Printed by permission of David Buckley cousin, but that was not true); his native tongue (Gaelic) and much more. Being a stickler for details, I researched the history of the Cymric and obtained a picture of the three-masted steamer. She was torpedoed and sunk off the Fastnet Light of Ireland in 1916, by the same U-Boat, and Captain, that had sunk the Lusitania one year earlier. A Genealogist in Ireland provided me (for a fee) a great deal of more information about my relatives, based on my initial information. I then paid for a personal ad in the Cork Examiner newspaper asking for anyone who knew Abina Barry or Cornelius Buckley -- who had immigrated to the states from Fermoy in the early 1900's to contact me. In a few weeks I had four letters from first cousins, three in Cork County and one in England. First there was a second cousin who lived on Clancy Street, Fermoy (formerly Cross Street) in the house that my Father's sister had owned. My Father was born a few doors away in a similar house in 1882.

There was a first cousin, on my Father’s side, who still lived in a thatched cottage. And there were two first cousins on my Mother’s side.

embarkation, Queenstown (now Cobh) and the ship, The City of New York. I then found her on the manifest at the National Archives with all the pertinent information.

By 1983 I had a regular correspondence going with a number of close relatives and Pat and I made the proverbial first trip to Ireland and England for meeting, greeting and reminiscing. I visited Bog Lane, in Fermoy, (now Redmond Street) where my Mother was born. It was the next street to Clancy and was called Bog Lane because there was a bog that passed under it and drained to the Blackwater River that runs through the own of Fermoy

I have become an Irish history buff, especially about the Fermoy area and County Cork, and have a rather large collection of Irish history books and genealogical writings and publications. My library includes some very old and some new volumes.

Fast-forward about twenty years. My research continued both in Ireland and here and then extended to Pat’s ancestors who were of Scottish (Hebrides) and Irish Origin. The Scots emigrated to Nova Scotia and the Irish to Boston.

I have an Irish passport and our two sons, Daihti and John, are Irish citizens. I am a member of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society and of course the Irish Genealogical Society International. I have visited Ireland many times and would gladly share any information I have with any interested researcher. Regards, David Buckley

Most of my ancestors were laborers or tenant farmers. Today things have changed considerably. Many of my cousins still live in Ireland and England, others have scattered around the world. A great deal have white-collar occupations and professional careers. One of my cousins is the Manager of the County of Cork. I have an extensive computer database of about 775 relatives of Pat and myself spanning seven generations. It includes a great deal of background information and pictures in a friendly genealogy program. I have written a book (really a spiral-bound manuscript) with many pictures that I have passed on to my kids and grandkids. I continue to update my database with specifics. Finding my Mother's port of entry and the ship she sailed was quite difficult and took over twenty years. Because even though she lived one street away from my Father in Ireland, they met and married in America in 1918, due to the marriage laws at that time my Mother was automatically naturalized – without naturalization papers.

From left to right: Author, Dave Buckley Sr and his sons Daihti and John, on their recent trip to England and Ireland, September 2004. Printed by permission of David Buckley

About three years ago I discovered my Mother came through Ellis Island. Although I had searched many arrival lists and many ports, the ship's manifest on which she arrived was not, for some reason, entered into the National Archives alphabetical database. However, when I entered “Abina Barry” on the new Ellis Island web site, there she was with her hometown of Fermoy, port of

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Quarterly Meeting Info Irish Genealogical Society, International

Dr. William J. Lowe, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Metropolitan State University

Quarterly Meeting

Dr. Lowe will speak about the Irish Constabulary, with an introduction to the Irish Constabulary personnel records and how they can be used for research. Dr Lowe will refer to his recently published work in 'Ireland Today' in which he examines the individual details of the men who became the Black & Tans in the Irish war of independence.” Program 8:30 am 9:00 am 9:30 am 10:30 am

Registration Business Meeting Break Speaker

Minnesota Genealogical Library 5768 Olson Memorial Highway Golden Valley, Minnesota Saturday, August 27, 2005 IGSI members $5 Donation Non-members $8 Donation Remaining 2005 Quarterly Meetings November 19

For further information visit the IGSI website at: IrishGenealogical.org

• Paula Stuart-Warren, CGRS - Keynote Speaker • General Genealogy and Irish Genealogy Tracks • Over 15 Classes Offered • Open Computer Lab - With Help Throughout the Day • Box Lunches Available • Display and Vendor Tables Available Throughout the Day

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100 Years Ago In The News by Mary Wickersham and Sheila Northrop With The Dead Monroe, Mich – Arthur Hanson, administrator of the estate of H. Waters, has paid the inheritance tax on the $30,000 which the latter left to old sweethearts – Miss Alice Kendall, of this city; Miss Nellie Callahan, of Saginaw, and Miss Kate Riley, of Detroit. Each woman receives $10,000 from her admirer, who could never choose between the three. Saturday, February 11, 1905

The Barry Monument Again in Congress A bill has been introduced into congress appropriating money to erect a monument to Commodore John Barry, the father of the American navy; and as a cry for economy has gone up it may be that a mere sentimental project like a monument to a patriot and hero like Barry may be thrust aside in order that funds may be available for some practical enterprise like the deepening of Tapeworm Bayou, La., or the deepending of Yellow Dog Creek in Nevada, says the Boston Pilot. John Barry. . . was born in Ireland, in the county of Wexford, in the year 1745. . . Thus in the little village of Tacumshane in the hills of Wicklow, which later ran red with patriot Irish blood, and in the year of Fontenoy, where Irish valor destroyed English schemes, was born this farmer’s boy who was to write his name large in American history. John Barry was about fifteen when he made America his home, for penal Ireland was a poor place for a bold young sea eagle whose wings were growing. Jan 28, 1905

Education Irish Days

The Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI) designates the second Saturday of each month as “IRISH DAYS”. During 2005 these “IRISH DAYS” are: April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12 and December 10. On “IRISH DAYS”, the Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) Research Library is staffed by trained IGSI volunteers. These volunteers offer general guidance, as well as hands-on training in the use of Griffith's Valuation and the LDS 1880 Federal Census CD-ROMs. Genealogy classes are also made available for those individuals interested in learning the specific methodologies required for successful Irish research. The current course offerings are:

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Introduction to Basic Irish Beth Mullinax Research and Library Tour

9:30-10:30 am

Introduction to Basic Genealogy

Nancy Grell

10:30-11:30 am

The Writers Group

Kathy Lund

1:00-2:30 pm

Pre-registration is not required. Classes are subject to change. Check the website for the current curriculum. http://www.IrishGenealogical.org

Assistance and classes are free to current members of IGSI and $5.00 to non-members. The $5.00 fee may be applied toward membership when joining IGSI within one month. IGSI’s extensive library resources are available whenever the MGS library is open.


The annual NW Metro Genealogy Conference will be held Saturday, October 15, 2005 at Northdale Middle School in Coon Rapids, MN. Curriculum will include nine general genealogy classes for researchers of all nationalities, as well as a variety of classes specific to Irish genealogy. The conference is open to the general public, feel free to bring a friend interested in genealogy. This will be a full day conference, box lunches will be available. Check the next issue of The Septs for more details or our website at: http://www.IrishGenealogical.org.

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Meet the Volunteer Beth Mullinax by Ida Troye If you have been involved or interested in the Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI) for any of the last 24 years, you have observed Beth Mullinax in one of the many roles in this organization. Beth has worked as the Librarian, from 1985 through present, and has branched out to cover almost all other aspects of the society. Since she joined IGSI in 1981, outside of Treasurer, Secretary and Journal Editor, I think Beth has done every job on the list, some of them simultaneously. If you look at the current Board of Directors and Committee Chairmen they are all positions resulting from Beth’s hard driving enthusiasm for putting this group in a number one spot in the genealogical field. Here is a brief overview; Second Vice President (1981-81, 1990-91; First Vice President (1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87, 1991-92) and President (1992-93, 1993-94). She also instigated the sale of books by IGSI when Irish genealogical books were hard to find. She’s back in this position temporarily. And currently is the chief researcher for membership research assistance. Besides these responsibilities, she has planned and escorted four genealogical tours to Ireland and planned a seminar with a renowned Irish Genealogist as speaker. She has arranged and accompanied groups to four Irish Genealogical Congress events in Dublin in 1991, 1994, 1997 and 2001 (leaving right after 9/11, frightened to go, but determined.)

But, these are just her titled jobs. In addition, she has taken sixteen trips to Ireland. On at least ten trips she scouted for and purchased books for the IGSI library. Wellknown in Ireland, she was responsible for IGSI participating in significant genealogical research, including the digitalizing and publishing of some of Ireland’s Estate Records. Beth grew up in North Dakota with two brothers and a sister. She was fortunate to have known her grandparents, Sullivan, Moriarty, Hennessey and Costello by name. As a girl, she heard so many stories about Ireland while visiting her Grandmother Sullivan, that in 1980 she and her sister took a trip to Ireland. She fell in love with the Country and County Kerry in particular, the county of her ancestors. The curiosity she drew from this experience started her on her genealogical quest. Beth married Clarkson Mullinax (which is a Norman name spelled Molyneaux in Ireland.) Beth’s husband was in the military which allowed her, and her two young sons, the opportunity to live in France and Belgium. She worked for the Army as a classified clerk for Officers after the Berlin Wall went up. They needed staff that could be “cleared” to do confidential work for Officers, and of course, Beth answered the call. She worked in this position for a year. She moved to the Minneapolis/St. Paul as a young widow and had a long career with the Veteran’s Administration in Minneapolis, first as a Counselor to widows and Vets, and then as a Compliance Survey Specialist.

improving the Library and spreading the word of its value. Beth, along with several other members, has appeared at an unbelievable number of gatherings over the years. Six of seven times a year, Beth gets in her Van, hauls various Irish Genealogical books and materials with her, and attends various genealogical meetings as a guest speaker, or as a representative of IGSI. She has appeared in, not only Minnesota, but also places like San Diego, CA; Manhattan, KS; or Saskatchewan, Canada. She does this gladly as a volunteer, without any reimbursements or acclamation from IGSI. She just wants to “spread the word”. If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet Beth, you can do so at IGSI’s Irish Days. You can also find her representing IGSI at St. Paul Minnesota’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration or Irish Festival, two events she has never missed since they were conceived. That, in itself is an auspicious record. Beth’s devotion to Irish genealogy is beyond compare. She started out when the library consisted of three books and members had to search for a place to hold meetings. When their library grew to 128 books they started calling it a “real” library. Today IGSI’s library consists of over 2,000 books, CD’s, maps, microfiche, and films. Does anyone want to try to fill her shoes? When speaking of her ancestors and other Irish immigrants, Beth gets teary-eyed when she says “The life of pain and struggle these people lived, and knowing they could never go back to their homeland needs to be acknowledged and treasured. We owe it to them.”

Since Beth retired from the Veteran’s Administration she has concentrated on

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Thank You Volunteers! by Jeanne Bakken Volunteer Coordinator


hank you to all the Volunteers who have made contributions to IGSI this past quarter. The following are some of the individuals who volunteered their time and expertise:

Library Volunteers

The following IGSI members helped organize and catalogue materials in the IGSI Library: Mark McCartan

Mary May

Cindy Friis

Data Entry Bob Lawler provided data entry assistance for the cemetery project. May Quarterly Meeting

Thank you to everyone who helped out at the May Quarterly Meeting. Especially Linda Miller who sold books, Judy Dungan who attended the registration desk and Diane Lorencevic for making the signs. Proofreader Volunteers

The following IGSI members helped Proofread the July Issue of The Septs: Leo Casey, Charlottesville, VA Carol Haggerty, St. Paul, MN

Eileen Gannon, Duluth, MN.

Volunteer Opportunities by Jeanne Bakken Volunteer Coordinator

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Cork Heritage Information May 2005 The Irish set up the County Heritage Centres in 1988. These Centres were established to index all Catholic Parish Records and any Protestant Parish records made available. Centres were established in all counties, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Some of the larger counties have/had two or three Centres, and some small counties shared a center. County Cork began with West Cork, the Cork-Ross Diocese, located in Bandon, Co. Cork. They have indexed about 500,000 records, but these indices are not available unless you can get permission from a priest. In most cases, the Parish Priest was given a copy of the index of his parish. Another Centre was set up later in Cork, indexing the Cloyne Diocese. They have indexed all the available Catholic Parishes, and part of the Church of Ireland and other denominations. They have also indexed the 1901 Irish Census. Many of our members have used this Centre and most were pleased with the results. To contact them: Mallow Heritage Center, Attn: Martina Aherne, 27-28 Bank Place, Mallow, Co. Cork, Ireland. E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.irishroots.net (This website will connect with all 32 counties in Ireland.)

The Cork City Ancestral Project is indexing the parishes of the City of Cork. They are not yet taking queries, and will not do so until they are finished with the indexing. IGSI will keep you informed of their progress. The last few years, the Irish Roots magazine, address: Belgrave Publications, Belgrave Avenue, Cork, Ireland, has been publishing up-dates on the Centres in their Second Quarter. The cost of a yearly subscription (four issues), is only $20.00 (US). Irish Roots is an excellent source for current information regarding the Heritage Centres, as well as other Irish genealogical information. Tony McCarthy is the Editor and is well known in the Irish genealogy community.

First Vice-Presidents Step Down Thank you for all your hard work over the last two years!

As Tom Rice and Colleen McClain step down from their two years as First Vice-President, IGSI thanks them for all they have accomplished.


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Donations Financial Donations IGSI is grateful for the many financial gifts from our members. A special thanks to these members who have donated more than $10.00 in the past three months: Name




Linda Murrin

Burbank, CA

Alice E. Boucher

Mechanicsburg, PA

Raymond J Werner

Concord, NC

John C Cosgriff, Jr.

Pearisburg, VA

Patricia C Robinson

Seal Beach, CA

Thomas Muench

Lake Grove, NY

Marcella Jennings O'Keefe

Rutherford, NJ

James L McLaughlin

Burnsville, MN

James M Connolly

Mt.Sinai, NY

Ruth Dynan Gensman

Dunnellon, FL

Sharon McAvoy Nichols

Glendale, CA

Mary E Walker

Decatur, IL

Mary Jane M Devlin

Toledo, OH

Mike Napper

Burnsville, MN

Carol E Jackson

Eden Prairie, MN

Claudia Mayer Steindl

Woodbury, MN

Ruth Webb French

Ferndale, MI

Eleanor Caprine

Brea, CA

Gail A Craddock

Woodinville, WA

Clans by Beth Mullinax If you are looking for information on a clan not mentioned, please contact The Clans of Ireland Ltd., 2 Quinsboro Road, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland. E-mail:

O’Dea Clan – Planning a meeting in 2005. For further information contact the Chairman, James O’Dea, Clontarf, County Dublin, Ireland. E-mail: Website:

Devlin Clan – Planning a gathering during 2005. For fur-

O’Doubherty/Odochartaigh – Reunion being planned

ther information: Email:

for July 2005 in Ireland. More information and registration is available on their website. Website:

Ainle/Hanley Clan – Planning the next clann gathering September 2005. For further information contact John Hanly, Deerpark, Dundrum, County Tipperary, Ireland E-mail: Bowler – Family Reunions. For information contact Mary Ann

Schloegl E-mail: Keohanes of West Cork – Will be meeting in St. Petersburg, Florida area during 2005. Dates and venues are still being arranged. For further information contact Nora Keohane Hickey, Church Square, Kinsale, County Cork. E-mail:

O’Leary – The tenth O’Leary Clan Gathering is scheduled

for September 16-18, 2005. The gathering will take place in the ancestral homeland of the O’Learys “Inchigeelagh Village” in the Parish of Iveleary, Co. Cork, Ireland. For further information contact Joe Creedon at Creedon’s Hotel, Inchigeelagh, Co. Cork, 011 353 26-49012. E-mail: Tierney - The Tierney Clans Society, Naomh Antoine, 1 Oaklawn, Castleknock Road, Dublin 15, Ireland. NOTE: POSSIBLE CHANGE OF DATE. The Tierney reunion was scheduled for August 19 – 21, 2005, but they may have to change it to October. Contact the Clan for further information. E-Mail: Website: The Septs Vol. 26 No. 3 Irish Genealogical Society International


Queries To submit a query, email the Editor at: IrishGenealogical.org. Include your name, address, email address and IGSI membership number with your email. You may also submit a query via the U.S. mail. Address Queries to: Irish Genealogical Society International. Attn: Queries, 5768 Olson Memorial Highway, Golden Valley, MN 55422. Include IGSI membership number or your most recent mailing label with your query. O'Brien IG#6820 Sara B. Vickers, 75793 Bronson Lane, RR 1, Bayfield, ON, Canada N0M 1G0

I am looking for any information on my grand-uncle James and Honor (Nora) O'Brien, from Connemara, County Galway. They traveled to Minnesota and in 1880 settled on the Connemara Patch with their seven children: Barbara, Patrick, Peter, Martin, Ann, Stephen and James. I believe they first settled in Graceville, Minnesota but then moved. I believe James's descendants remained in Minnesota and still live there. To my knowledge one daughter married a McCauley. Also, any information on James's brother Martin O’Brien and his wife Mary Feeney who left Ireland circa 1877. I believe they also went to Minnesota. However, this is not verified. Cunningham Duggan IG#6246 Mary Schaenzer, 333 Sherrie Lane, Woodbury, MN 55125 email: [email protected]

I am looking for the descendants of Timothy Cunningham, b 1832, probably in Ballymacoda, County Cork. Married Margaret Duggan on September 6, 1853 in Eagle River Village, Houghton, Michigan. He died April 2, 1873 in Sheldon Township, Houston County, Minnesota of typhoid fever. Left two sons Michael Henry, born September 29, 1856, Ontonagan, Michigan. And William Henry, born June 10, 1862 in Sheldon Township, Houston County, Minnesota. After Timothy’s death his wife and sons lived with his brother Martin Cunningham and his wife Ellen Duggan Cunningham on their farm in neighboring Mound Prairie Township, Houston County, Minnesota. Michael Henry married Julia Elizabeth Doyle and had two daughters Ruth (1887-1977) and Irene (1892-1980). William Henry married Eileen Augusta Ahnstrom in 1890, they had 5 children: Mildred, Clarence Norbert, Paul Crowley, Claude R., Margaret A. Timothy also may have had a number of other siblings living in Houston County including brothers Jeremiah, Michael, Dennis and possibly a sister Elizabeth Cunningham Griffin.


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Kenny Duffy IG#6554 Joel Patrick Kenney #112664 A.S.P.C. Eyman-Cook 4-D-6 P.O. Box 3200, Florence AR 85232

Seeking information on Irish County origins of James Kenney b 1805 and his wife Bridget b. 1810. Who, with their 5 children immigrated first to eastern Canada (Ontario) about 18431844. Then settled in Rutland County, Vermont. He appeared on the 1850 Vermont census. By 1860 James, Bridget, and their 8 children, migrated and settled in McKean Cty PA. Also need information on eldest son; John Kenny b. 1834; d. March 10, 1908; and wife Mary b 1841 in New York. They had 11 children including my great-grandfather John J. Kenny (J.J.) b May 12, 1882; d. 1921 in Los Angeles, CA. Urgently seeking information on William George Duffy b. April 16, 1849; d. September 1909. his wife Rebecca Smith b. Sept 7, 1857, d. Dec 31, 1883 and their 6 children including Emma Delores Duffy b April 28, 1875 in Butler Cty PA; d. August 18, 1960 in Odessa TX. John J. Kenney (J.J.) and Emma Delores Duffy married June 10, 1899. Both families involved in farming, mining and oil production in PA. O’Reilly Stokes IG#6796 Diane Lovrencevic, 1007 Kenwood Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55403, [email protected]

Seeking information regarding Miles/Myles or Richard O’Reilly married to Bridget Stokes. Believed to have lived in County Longford or County Cavan. Unknown number of children. One son, Joseph John (b. 1859 – d. 1919), emigrated to USA and settled in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Walsh Welsh Boyce Williams IG#101 SueA. Kratsch, 1388 Summit Circle, W. St. Paul, MN 55118, [email protected]

Elizabeth Aloysius Walsh/Welsh was born in Blackville, New Brunswick, in 1879 and settled in Minneapolis in 1882. She married Charles W. Williams about 1899, probably in Minneapolis. I need their marriage date. Her parents were Thomas W. and Harriet Welsh. Thomas was a sexton of St. Mary’s Cemetery, Minneapolis, in 1890, when Harriet was buried there. Was her maiden name Harriet Boyce? What became of Thomas after 1910?

Article Contributions Research Assistance We welcome genealogists, historians, family researchers, and others to submit articles for publication in The Septs. Feature Articles

Feature articles should pertain to Irish or Scottish genealogy and history. Preference will be given to articles based on research methodologies, case studies, how-to articles, and historical essays relating to the journal’s focus topic, though other articles will be considered. Quarter

Focus Topic

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County Cork Irish of Pennsylvania Census Substitutes The Diaspora


May 1, 2005 Aug. 1, 2005 Nov. 1, 2005 Feb. 1, 2006

Feature articles should be no longer than 1,600 words. Use Garamond 11 pt font for text, Garamond Bold-Italic 11 pt font for headings. Articles may be submitted digitally via Microsoft word (.doc), text (.txt), or Rich Text Format (.rtf) files. Accompanying photographs, sketches and maps are encouraged. Submit scanned, digital photos at 300 dpi in black and white output. Please do not submit original photographs. Regular Columns

Your comments and questions are also welcome for other columns featured in The Septs. Letters to the Editor - We encourage you to write us with your comments on the newsletter and its articles, let us know about your research success stories, your experiences with IGSI, or anything else you’d like to discuss. 50 words or less. Ask Connemara Kate - Having trouble with your research? Beth Mullinax our renowned Librarian is here to answer basic to complex questions about researching Irish genealogy. 50 words or less. Queries – Submit your family research queries here. Use standard genealogy abbreviations in your query. Include your IGSI membership number and/or your most recent mailing label. 150 words, though longer queries will be accepted if space is available. Clans - Let fellow IGSI members know about your upcoming family reunions. Provide the family name, date, place and contact information (mail, email and website if available). 50 words or less. We reserve the right to edit any submitted information for clarity and space requirements. Accepted articles will appear in The Septs and may also appear on-line at IGSI’s website at:

IGSI offers its members low-cost research assistance of the following resources held in the IGSI library: • Film of Emigrant Savings Bank, New York. Please submit FULL NAME and approximate DATES OF RESIDENCE in NEW YORK. • O’Kief, Coshe Mang, Slieve Lougher and Upper Blackwater in Ireland, 16 volumes, usually referred to as the “Casey’s Collection”. Data in this collection is limited to Eastern County Kerry and Western County Cork. Please submit FULL NAME and if known, Counties Cork and Kerry PLACENAMES. • IGSI’s Irish Passenger List collections. These collections are largely for U.S. Ports of Entry. Please submit FULL NAME, approximate AGE and YEAR OF ARRIVAL. • The Search for Missing Friends, all eight volumes, 1851-1905. These books contain Irish Immigrant advertisements placed in the Boston Pilot newspaper. Please submit FULL NAME and if known MIGRATION ROUTES and Irish PLACENAMES. The cost of this research assistance is $5.00/hr and is limited to a one-name search. Most searches take less than 3 hours. Members will be notified if more time is needed. Alternately, a member may set a spending limit on the research. Other research assistance available: • Indexed Publications: A one-name search of the IGSI’s indexed publications is performed free of charge. • Townland Maps: Photocopies of Townland maps are available upon request. The cost of reproduction will be rounded-up to the nearest dollar. The average cost is approximately $4.00. • County Surname Study: For $10.00, a surname will be plotted on the parish map of a County. If a couple married in Ireland, both surnames will be plotted on the same county map at no additional charge. If a surname is too numerous to get a meaningful result, the member will be notified and no charges incurred. In addition to the above charges, members are required to pay the cost of photocopies at $0.20 per page plus postage. Additional shipping charges of $1.50 will be incurred for maps mailed in a tube. Submit all the relevant information listed above, plus additional information you believe pertinent to your research. Include your name, address, IGSI membership number and an email address if you have one. Submit your request via the U.S. Mail to: Irish Genealogical Society, International, 5768 Olson Memorial Highway, Golden Valley, MN 55422-5014. DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR RESEARCH FEE UNTIL REQUESTED. You will be notified of the status of your research via email or through the U.S. Mail. This research assistance is available for CURRENT MEMBERS of IGSI. If your membership has lapsed, or if you would like to join IGSI, please refer to the membership form at the back of this newsletter.

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Library News

April • May • June

Through the generous donations of our members, IGSI is incrementally purchasing microfilms containing the archival records of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Many of the parishes in the Archdiocese were known to be of Irish origin or predominantly Irish at one time. A complete list of the Archdiocese microfilms available for purchase, as well as a list of those microfilms currently owned by IGSI, is available on the website at . If you are interested in purchasing a parish microfilm for the IGSI library, contact the IGSI Librarian, Beth Mullinax. Cost per microfilm is $30.00.

Purchases A385 – Townlands of Leinster and the People Who Lived There, by Flann O Riain, from the Irish Times Column Where’s That? Published by Four Courts Press Ltd., Dublin, Ireland, 2000, 160 p. E032 – The Blessington Estate [Co. Wicklow] 1667-1908, by Kathy Trant. Published by Anvil Books Ltd., Dublin, Ireland, 2004, 239 p., maps, illus., indexed. IB&M H572 – In Their Own Words. The Parish of Lackagh – Turloughmore and Its People [County Galway], edited by Liz Blackmore, John Cronin, Donal Ferrie and Brid Higgins. Published by Lackagh Museum Committee, Galway, 2001, 243 p., map, illus. K095 – Church of St. Canice, Kilkenny, LeSueur County, Minnesota. Baptismal Register 1876–1993; Marriage Register 1877–1993; Death Register 1908–1993. Microfilm produced by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Film #177. K096 – Church of St. Joseph, Lexington, Anoka County, Minnesota. Baptismal Register 1905–1993; Marriage Register 1903-1993; Death Register 1905–1993. Microfilm produced by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Film #237. NOTE: This film also includes the Church of St. Thomas, Derryname, LeSueur County, Minnesota. K097 – Parish of St. Michael, Stillwater, Washington County, Minnesota. Baptismal Register 1853–1992; Marriage Records 18521992; and Death Records 1943–1992. Microfilm produced by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Three rolls microfilm, #312, #313, & #314. NOTE: The Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, Minnesota has undergone a number of name changes. It began as the Church of the Immaculate Conception, then became the Pro-Cathedral of St. Mary, and finally the Basilica of St. Mary. The date of the sacramental event will determine the name of the church and thus the microfilm (K098 or K099) to review. K098 – Church of the Immaculate Conception/Pro Cathedral of St. Mary, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. Baptismal Records 1868-1935; Marriages 1867–1922. Microfilm produced by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Four rolls microfilm, #16, #17, #18 & #21. K099 - Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. Baptismal Records: 1935–1955; Marriage Records (ProCathedral) 1922-1926; Basilica of St. Mary 1926–1955; Confirmation & First Communion (Pro-Cathedral): 1915-1926; Confirmation 1926–1955; Death Register 1904–1991. Microfilm produced by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Three rolls microfilm, #19, #20, & #23. K102 – In Faith and Hope, The Story of St. Michael’s Church, Annyalla and The Parish of Clontibret [Co. Monaghan], by Gary Carville. Printed by Castle Printing Ltd, Castleblayney, Ireland, 2002, 91 p., illus. K103 – Tydavnet [Co. Monaghan] Parish Annual 2000, by Community Council. Published by Community Council, 2000, 111 p., illus. K104 – Full Circle. A Story of Ballybay [Co. Monaghan] Presbyterians, by David Nesbitt. Published by Cahans Publications, The Manse, Ballybay, Co. Monaghan, 1999, 387 p., illus.


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Library News Periodicals Australian Family Tree Connections, March & April, 2005. Published by Australian Family Tree Connections, P.O. Box 322, Gosford NSW 2250, Australia. Website: Bigwill News, Vol. 12, No. 2, Mar/Apr, 2005. Published by British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois, P.O. Box 192, Richmond IL 60071. Web-site: British Isles Family History Society – USA Journal, Vol. XVI, Nos. 1 & 2, Autumn/Winter 2003. Published by the British Isles Family History Society, 2531 Sawtell Blvd., PMB 134, Los Angeles, CA 90064-3124. Website: Chinook, Volume 25, Issue 2, April, 2005. Published by the Alberta Family Histories Society, PO Box 39270, Station B, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2M 4P1. Website: Clann MacKenna Journal, Nos. 1 (1991), 2 (1992), 3 (1993), 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 (2004). Compiled and Edited by Seamus McCluskey, published by Clann MacKenna History Society, c/o Maria McKenna, Hon. Reg., 2 An Charraig, Mall Road, Monaghan, Ireland. Connections, Vol. 27 No. 3, March, 2005. Published by The Quebec Family History Society, PO Box 1026, Pointe Claire, QC, Canada H4S 4H9. E-mail: Website: Forum, Vol. 17, No. 1, Spring 2005. Published by the Federation of Genealogical Societies, P.O. Box 200940, Austin, TX 787200940. Website: Genealogical Society of Ireland Journal, Vol. 5 No. 4, Winter 2004. Published by Genealogical Society of Ireland, 14, Rochestown Park, Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland. The Irish Family History Forum, Vol. 15 No. 2, Mar-Apr, 2005. Published by The Irish Family History Forum, PO Box 67, Plainview NY 11803-0067. The Irish Genealogical Quarterly, Vol. 14 No. 1, March, 2005. Published by the Irish Genealogical Society of Wisconsin, Box 13766, Wauwatosa WI 53213-0766. E-mail: Web-site: Irish Heritage Links, Vol. 9, Nos. 6&7, April & July 2004. Published by the Irish Heritage Association, c/o MARA, 38 Banbury Street, Belfast BT4 1FH, Northern Ireland. Note: New Address. Irish Roots, Issue No. 53, 2005 First Quarter. Published by Irish Roots, Belgrave Publications, Belgrave Avenue, Cork, Ireland. E-mail: Website: Irish/Scottish Gaelic Bulletin, Vol. 13, No. 1, February 2005. Published by Muriel Fitzsimmons, 10911 La Carta Ave., Fountain Valley CA 92708-3946. Library News: Periodicals continued on page 87

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Gleanings by Beth Mullinax July, August, September, 2005 UNITED STATES You are still coming to the library from all over the U.S.! Welcome! Giving us notice of your trip can not only help us plan, but we can sometimes have at least part of your research done for you. If there are any questions on the library, please let us know. Maine to New Hampshire – Does anyone ‘out there’ know why couples traveled 20 miles from Springvale, Maine to Rochester New Hampshire to marry in 1909? The church they went to was Church of Presbyterian Strangers. Many who made this trip were Irish emigrants who also took their children there to be baptized. Minnesota – The Irish Genealogical Society’s second annual Genealogy Conference date has been set for October 15, 2005. Mark the date on your calendar and watch The Septs and the IGSI website for further information. Website: Minnesota – The South Central Minnesota Genealogy Expo, Mankato, MN, will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2005, at the Minnesota State University, Mankato Centennial Student Union. For additional information contact Jessica Potter 507345-5566 or Daardi Sizemore 507-389-1029. Website: Minnesota – The 24th Annual Ironworld Conference will be held on October 15, 2005. Ironworld is an interpretative center for the mining industry in the Northeastern part of Minnesota, usually referred to as ‘The Range’. For further information contact: Genealogy Conference, 801 SW Hwy 169, Suite 1, Chisholm, MN 55719. Phone (218) 254-7959. Minnesota – August 12-14, 2005 the annual Irish Fair of Minnesota will take place at Harriet Island Park on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Paul, Minnesota. IGSI will be a participant. If you wish to volunteer or want further information review the Irish Fair website. Website: Salt Lake City Utah – The FGS/UGA Conference, “Reminders of The Past: Visions for the Future”, will be held September 710, 2005, in Salt Lake City. If you want further information review the following website. Website: INTERNATIONAL Irish Tourist Board – If you are interested in travel in Ireland, check out the Irish Tourist Board’s official web-site. Website: England & Wales – The General Register Office (GRO) of England has an on-line service for births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales. You can actually order records on-line with this new service. Website: Irish Heritage Association submitted a new address as follows: Kathleen Neill, CEO, Belfast Industrial Heritage Ltd., c/o Mersey Street Area Residents Association, 38 Banbury Street, Queen’s Road, Belfast BT4, Northern Ireland. Website:


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Library Donations A386 – The Mountains of Ireland, by D.D.C. Pochin Mould. Published by Robert M. McBride Co., NY, 1956, 160 pp., illus. Donated by Mary Jean Mulherin, St. Paul, MN. F039 – Andrew Malcolm of Belfast, 1818-1856. Physician and Historian, by H. G. Calwell. Published by Brough Cox & Dunn Ltd., Belfast Northern Ireland, 1977, 134 p., illus., indexed. Includes a facsimile reproduction of “History of the Belfast General Hospital and the Principal Medical Institutions of the Town, by A. G. Malcolm, originally published in Belfast 1851. Donated by Colleen McClain, St. Paul, MN. H-566 – An Atlas of Irish History, by Ruth Dudley Edwards. Published by Methuen & Co. Ltd., London, England, 1973, 261 p., maps, index. Donated by Colleen McClain, St. Paul, MN. H568 – The Cause of Ireland. From the United Irishmen to Partition, by Liz Curtis. Published by Beyond the Pale Publications, Belfast, NI, 1995, 437 p., illus., indexed. Donated by Colleen McClain, St. Paul, MN. H569 – Rebellion in Kildare 1790-1803, by Liam Chambers. Published by Four Courts Press, Dublin, Ireland, 1998, 173 p., map, indexed. Donated by Colleen McClain, St. Paul, MN. H570 – Rebellion in Wicklow. General Joseph Holt’s Personal Account of 1798, edited by Peter O’Shaughnessy. Published by Four Courts Press, Dublin, Ireland, 1998, 176 p., map, indexed. Donated by Colleen McClain, St. Paul, MN. H574 – The Heritage of Mayo, by Aine Ni Cheanainn. Published by Western People Ltd, County Mayo, 1988, 166 p., illus. Donated by Mary Jean Mulherin, St. Paul, MN. H575 – Portrait of Ireland. Ireland-Past and Present, by Liam De Paor. Published by Rainbow House, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland, 1985, 192 p., illus. Donated by Mary Jean Mulherin, St. Paul, MN. K100 – Souvenir of the Solemn Dedication of the New Church of St. Patrick, Barnaderg, Ballina [Co. Mayo], new, by Most Rev. Thomas McDonnell, Bishop of Killala. Printed by Western People, Ltd., 1977, 18 p., illus. Donated by Mary Jean Mulherin, St. Paul, MN. P023 – Passenger Lists from Ireland, by J. Dominick Hackett & Charles Montague Early. Excerpted from Journal of the American Irish Historical Society, Vols. 28 and 29. Published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD, 1965, 46 p., alphabetical. Donated by Susanne Trimbo, Henderson, MN.

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Kansis Kin, Vol. XLIII No. 1, February, 2005. Published by the Riley County Genealogical Society, 2005 Claflin Road, Manhattan, KS 665023415. Website: E-mail: Les Argoulets, Vol. 9, No. 4, Winter 2004–2005 & Vol. 10, No. 1, Spring 2005. Published by Revue de la Societe d’Histoire et de Genealogie de Verdun, Centre Culturel de Verdun, Salle Canadiana, 5955 Bannantyne, Verdun, PQ H4H 1H6, Canada The Moriarty Clan, Issue No. 68, March, 2005. Published by Thomas Moriarty and Associates, Inc., 9836 S. Turner Avenue, Evergreen Park, IL 60805. E-mail: North Irish Roots, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2005. Journal of the North of Ireland Family History Society, c/o Graduate School of Education, 69 University Street, Belfast BT7 1HL, Northern Ireland. Website: The Searcher, Vol. 9, No. 3. Published by the Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania, P.O. Box 1, Olyphant, PA 18447. E-mail: TIARA, The Irish Ancestral Research Association, Vol. 22, No. 1, Winter 2005. Published by TIARA, 2120 Commonwealth Ave, Auburndale, MA 02466-1909. Website: Note: New Address

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IGSI Bookstore Family Names in County Cork Diarmuid O’Murchadha

Brief histories of the fifty principal family names of County Cork from earliest history. Mr. O Murchadha is a scholor who has taught school for over 30 years in Crosshaven, Co. Cork. The book reads like a history of Ireland instead of just the basic information on a surname. There are from three to 14 pages for each of the 50 surnames. Also included is an index of 5 $23.9 placenames.

Exploring Family Origins, Youghal, Co. Cork Noel Farrell

1901 & 1911 Census; A Brief History; 1943/44 Electors List; To w n l a n d Map; 1851 G r i f f i t h’s Valuation; Old Youghal 0 $20.0 1851 Map.

Tracing Your Cork Ancestors Tony McCarthy & Tim Cadogan

Noel Farrell

This 122 page book includes maps, charts, tables and information on such items as emigration sources, Catholic Parish records, newspapers, electoral lists, family histories, 5 .9 researching in both Cork $15 and Dublin and much more.

Ireland to North America. Emigrants from West Cork Joseph King

This is the story of emigration from a remote parish in Southwest Cork of a typical Irish family in the early ninetieth century. It follows their fortunes to Canada and their descendents move westward following the rivers, pines and railroads into Maine, Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Pacific Northwest. 5 $13.9

A History of County Wexford Nicholas Furlong

A comprehensive look at the history of county Wexford from the Antiquity up to the present $22.95 day.


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Exploring Family Origins, Kinsale, County Cork

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors – 2nd Edition John Grenham

Some highlights are maps of all Catholic parishes, checklist of sources for wills and testamentary records, list of manuscripts in the National Library, emigration lists, vari5 $19.9 ous county by county source lists, complete listing of family histories in the National Library of Ireland and a complete listing of all Church of Ireland parish registers.

1901 & 1911 Census; 1930 Pub List; To w n l a n d Map; 1940 Electors List; The Battle of Kinsale; 1852 G r i f f i t h’s Va l u a t i o n ; Old Kinsale Map


A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland – 2nd Edition Brian Mitchell

This new 2nd Edition is not only invaluable for tracing your pre-1864 ancestors in church records but also for locating your post-1864 ancestor in civil records, for this volume provides descriptions and maps of the parochial and civil administrative divisions to which all major Irish record sources are linked. 0 $20.0

Discovering Your Irish Ancestors Dwight Radford & Kyle Betit

No book on Irish research is complete because of the very nature of the subject, but this guide by two genealogists is certainly close. It focuses on doing research both at home in the U.S. and also in Ireland, but is international in scope, also covering resources in Canada, Britain, Australia and New Zealand. 5 $19.9

IGSI Bookstore - CD Roms and Maps The Irish Ancestor 1969-1986, Rosemary Ffolliott

This publication is a reproduction of the series The Irish Ancestor, a leading genealogical publication of it’s time. This easy to use CD-ROM con5 tains all the issues $79.9 published during its 18 year run.

Returning Home: Transatlantic Migration from North America to Britain & Ireland 1858-1870 James P. Maher. 5 $39.9

This CD is a record of 42,000 passengers who arrived in the United Kingdom from North America feom 1858 - 1870.

Index of Irish Periodicals

Counties in Time Eneclann CD

IGSI Staff and Volunteers.

Contains an index of all the genealogically significant articles and short entries contained in IGSI’s vast periodical holdings. 0 $12.0

Documents and commentaries from the National Archives of Ireland. Contains almost 1,000 examples of the documents available in the NAI and short illustrated histories of each county from the late 16th century to the m i d - 2 0 t h 9.95 $2 century.

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Book and Media Review Reviewed by Tom Rice, CGRS. CD-ROM is available through the IGSI Bookstore or on the IGSI website at http://www.IrishGenealogical.org. Counties in Time: Documents From The National Archives of Ireland, National Archives of Ireland, Dublin: Eneclann, 2003. Price $29.95. Works with most operating systems and a variety of Internet browsers. It is hard to categorize this product. While it is meant as an introduction to the holdings of the National Archives of Ireland, it does it in such a way that it also serves as an excellent introduction to Irish history and to key classes of documents of importance to both historians and genealogists. The material can be approached in several ways. You can start by looking at the histories of each of the 32 counties, or you can start by looking into one of the 31 classes of documents presented. The county histories provide an outline of the major events for each county from the 16th century up to the middle of the 20th century. While not extensive, they do provide a good introduction of Irish history at the county level. These histories are well referenced, and a bibliography is provided for each. Within each county history there are links to terms that might need further explanation. As the history progresses to where a particular type of record is mentioned, you have the option of reviewing a scanned example of the record as it pertains to that county. The other approach to this publication is by way of the records themselves. For each class of record there is a detailed explanation of why and how the record was created. Where there are specific points made about particular entries in a given record type, there is often a link to a scanned and possibly transcribed example of the record that illustrates that point. There are several other useful sections to this CD. One is an essay titled Using Records for Historical Research. Another section is Introduction to the National Archives, the repository for the records discussed on this CD. While the CD mentions only the Internet Explorer and Netscape browsers, I have had no trouble using the Firefox or Opera browsers to view all parts of this CD. Links, images and popups behave almost identically in all of these browsers. The CD includes a copy of Internet Explorer 6 for those who want to use one of the latest versions. Another tool on the CD is a magnifying glass utility that turns your mouse into a magnifying lens when held over one of the scans. With its very useful and intelligent interlinking of record classes and county histories, supported by an overall timeline and glossary, this CD is one of the best introductions to Irish countries history and the documents created through the years of that history. This is a model that other major repositories could well learn from. Knowing what records exist, what is in them, how they were created and where to find them is key to successful genealogical research in any country. This CD goes a long way to helping the Irish genealogist get started with a firm knowledge of these records and their historical context.

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