Saturday, March 18, 2017

Happy St Patricks Day! (Our Irish Ancestors)

Each St Patrick's Day, Ancestry opens up their Irish records for FREE.  My favorite price!

So which ancestors should I be researching today?

Our Irish Surnames:
Crossley, Follin

We actually have NO proven lines to Ireland.  The Crossley and Follin surnames are both widely reported to be from Ireland, but I have no proof.  Others are listed below by line, as possibly from Ireland, or maybe Scotland.  

Heather's Maternal Lines
My mom's DNA test shows that she is 3% Irish.  
I suspect, but do not know, that that comes through the Crossley and or McLoughlan lines:

James Crossley -
Nathaniel Strayhorn -

Heather's Paternal Lines
Follin -

Dan's Maternal Lines
I don't yet know where John Mckean's family came from, but I would guess they are from Ireland, or maybe Scotland?

John McKean -
Hart -

The Hutchinson line appears to be from Scotland.

Dan's Paternal Lines
None that I am aware of.  If there is any Irish blood on this side, I would look for it in the Welsh line.

Irish Genealogy Sources:

Irish Surnames - Prefixes
Irish surnames commonly have a prefix, the following are the most common prefixes for Irish Surnames:
Mór - Big
Óg  - Young
O - Grandson
Mac - Son

Fitz - Son

Fianna - Guide to Irish Ancestry (Their Irish Records are commonly free the week of St Patricks Day as well)

Trace Your Immigrant Ancestors with newspaper passenger lists:  (I have no luck with genealogy bank ever, and be warned that they will charge you for your "free trial" - their advertising is all  misleading and or downright false.)
Irish civil registration indexes 1845-1958, plus parish records of births (baptisms), marriages and deaths have been transcribed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and can be searched for free on their Web site at Browse to "Ireland" from the "Search" page, and then search each database directly for best results. A wealth of digitized records that have not yet been indexed are also available for free for portions of Ireland. Coverage is by no means complete, but it is a good place to start. Another search trick is to use Ireland IGI Batch Numbers to search the International Genealogical Index - see Using IGI Batch Numbers for a tutorial. 

The personal Web site of John Hayes includes a number of online Irish databases and transcribed documents, including Land Owners in Ireland 1876, Irish Flax Growers List 1796, Pigot & Co's Provincial Directory of Ireland 1824, cemetery transcriptions and photographs, and much more. FREE!

Blood of the Irish: What DNA Tells Us About the Ancestry of People in Ireland

Irish Famine Records - 1846-1851
The "Famine Irish Passenger Record Data File" has 605,596 records of passengers arriving in New York, about 70% of whom came from Ireland. The second database, "List of Ships that Arrived at the Port of New York During the Irish Famine," gives background detail on the ships that brought them over, including the total number of passengers.

Irish 1901 and 1911 census records are complete and available online for free.

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland hosts a fully searchable index to the will calendar entries for the three District Probate Registries of Armagh, Belfast and Londonderry, covering the periods 1858-1919 and 1922-1943 and part of 1921. Digitized images of full will entries 1858-1900 are also available, with the rest to come.

Irish Surnames - Names of Provinces
The island of Ireland is comprises four provinces or cúigí as they are known in Gaelic. The Gaelic name for province is cúige which translates to one-fifth! Originally Ireland was in fact made up of five provinces. The county of Meath was in fact a province of its own as it was the seat of the High King of Ireland. Meath is now part of Leinster and has been split into the counties of Meath and Westmeath.

Connaught - The name means "the descendants of Conn". 
The Gaelic name for Connaught is Cúige Chonnacht

Irish Surnames that originate from Connaught include: O'Kirwan, MacJordan, O'Malley, O'Reilly, O'Rourke, O'Hart, O'Hara, O'Madden and O'Kelly

Irish Surnames - Connaught Province
Flag of the Irish Province of Connaught

Munster - The name means "Land of Mumha"
The Gaelic name for Munster is Mhumhain or Cúige Mumhan

Irish Surnames that originate from Munster include: O'Keefe, O'Callaghan, O'Donoughue, MacCarthy, Muskerry, Fitzgerald, O'Mulryan and Brennan

Irish Surnames - Munster Province
Flag of the Irish Province of Munster

Leinster - The name means "Land of the Laighin"
The Gaelic name for Leinster is Laighin or Cúige Laighean

Irish Surnames that originate from Leinster include: O'More, O'Tooles, O'Kennedy, O'Carrol, O'Conor, Butlers, Walshes and Dillons

Irish Surnames - Leinster Province
Flag of the Irish Province of Leinster

Ulster - The name means "land of the Ulaidh"
The Gaelic name for Ulster is Ulaidh or Cúige Uladh

Irish Surnames that originate from Ulster include: O'Boyle, MacSweeney, O'Donnell, O'Dogherty, MacDonnells, O'Neill, MacMahon, O'Cahan

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