The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

June 23, 2013

Irish magazine features Galway genealogy


Anyone with an interest in Ireland or its people is sure to enjoy the June edition (13th issue) of the free genealogy e-magazine, “Irish Lives Remembered,” available to view or download at

This newest issue devotes 20 pages to “Tracing Your Ancestors in County Galway.” The outline of the types of records that exist include census and census substitutes, church records, land records, newspapers, gravestone inscriptions, local and family histories, maps, directories and library resources.

The city of Galway “became a prosperous trading city and was ruled by 14 merchant families known as ‘The Tribes of Galway.’ These were Athy, Blake, Bodkin, Browne, Darcy, Deane, Font, French, Joyce, Kirwan, Lynch, Martin, Morris and Skerrett. The native families include O’Flaherty, O’Hallorans, O’Kelly, O’Shaughnessy, Hynes, Lally, O’Fahy, Madden, O’Daly, Donnellan, Egan, Ward, Divilly, Duggan, Conneely, Conroy and Forde.”

There is an interesting interview with Henry Healy, who discovered he is a distant relative of President Obama, whose ancestral home was in Moneygall, Offaly.

The program “Ireland Reaching Out” is based on “reverse genealogy,” or tracing the people who left Ireland and are seeking out their living descendants. Visit Some recent messages might pertain to your kin. Click on any message for more information.

Michael Merrigan provides an update on “A Hidden Treasure & National Resource — The 1925 Census.”

There is also a contest with a chance to win a recently published book, “The Morpeth Roll — Ireland Identified 1841.” This book of essays “discusses the significance of the roll, and examines what it can tell us about pre-famine Ireland … with signatures collected from across Ireland.”

Helen Moss has contributed an article about the Quakers in Ireland.

Ireland’s TV show

RTE, Ireland’s national television and radio broadcasting company, has licensed its popular “Genealogy Roadshow” program to PBS. A new version will now premiere in the United States in September. The format of the “Genealogy Roadshow” puts three questions to viewers and then sets out to answer them. The questions: Do you believe you are related to someone famous? Is your family connected to a major historical event? Do you need to solve a family mystery?

According to columnist John Bolans in “Irish Independents,” The show is “like Antiques Roadshow except that it deals in dead people rather than mouldy artifacts.” (Bolans is obviously not a genealogist!)

Michigan’s records

Joe Beine has created several websites to help genealogical researchers. Recently he has added many links to his website called Michigan Death Indexes and Obituaries at Note that Beine also offers links to death records and obituaries in other states, including Illinois. Scroll down to the bottom of the Michigan page to select a state.

Queries, as well as a general exchange of genealogical material that readers would like to share, will be printed in the column for free. Contact Joan Griffis by e-mailing