Irish Family History

Among Todays Topics at the Irish Roots Cafe:

1) Family of the Day: Magill
2) Irish Hedge School pick: Irish Language CD
3) Search: Riley, Rea, Sheehan, Ryan, Grealy
4) Curious News: More than Ned Kelly in Australia
5) Web Story: Friday Fish and Penance returns
6) Curious Note: Climbing Croagh Patrick

Notes This Week:

What’s happening today at the Irish Roots Cafe:

1) The first five CDs in our Irish Masters Program, are back and ready to go !

I sent the final CD out last week, and that is the one on Irish Genealogy and Family history.

The Hedge School CD of the Month:

1) Learning Irish, notes for the curious.
For more about this CD go to:

Time to raise our eyes skywards, and ask for help !

Here are todays “Magnificent Seven” :

1) Robert Weir of Santa Maria, CA, welcome as a new member !

I have been trying to trace my mother’s back to Ireland. her last name is riley. I’ve gotten to an 1861 canadian census and found my ggr miles c. & then my ggr micheal & wife ann. according to hand written notes i got from my mom micheal was born in co. cavan 1823 ann was born in co. sligo 1826. : i’ve traced my mom’s ggr micheal riley & spouse ann to 1861 canadian census. micheal was born in co.
cavan 1823 & ann nee gilboy was born in co. sligo 1826 iam stumped since.

2) Nora Perry of Chantilly, VA, welcome as a full member.

Michael Ryan family from Tipperary and Michael Grealy from Mayo, Taylor family from Newmarket.

3) Jan Peterson of Tulsa, OK, your Conquest of Ireland set, passenger lists, and Milesian Families book shipped !

4) Martha Rasmussen of Ames, IA, first to get ‘Missouri Irish the orginal history’, from our new CD collection. ! Shipped !

5) Bryan Sheehan of Burlingame, CA searching for Sheehan, welcome as a new member. 

6) Kevin Rea of Menomonee, Wisconsin, searching for Rea, Welcome as a new member !

7) Cindy McCormick of Cheyenne, Wyoming, searching for Bartholomew McCormick, left Ballymitty, May 1845.

Check out our online search list at:

Irish Family Name of the Day: Magill

This weeks family name notes in honor of: Victoria Barnett of Augusta, Georgia

Related Spellings of the Name

Gill, MacGill, Mack, Magilly, Mekill, Maguil….etc..

Varient Spelling Groups: #1159…

From The Guide to the Various Spellings of Irish Family Names

History of the Name

Aside from the numerous names that start with the ‘prefix’ Mac or Mag…. that can be shortened to Magill, we have other reference to the name.

The forms of McGill, Gill, MacGill, and Magill, etc.. can of course all stem from the same source. It is often found in the north of Ireland, and can come from Scots origins as well. By the time of the 19th century birth index it is given in Dublin, Galway, Mayo and Longford, representing several origins, no doubt.

In Pynnars Survey we find one John Magill of County Down, given along with his wife. Capt. james Magill is given in the Families of County Kerry as a landowner.

Irish Family Coats of Arms From the Irish Book of Arms

A Brief search in that work shows:

1) Magill is given along with MacGill in the Irish Book of Arms.
Magill of Gill Hall, Down, is also shown.

The Free Master online index at shows:
Listings for the name multiple times, here are a few examples:

1) Mac and McGill in ‘Mac, Mc and O names’ .
2) 'S. McGill' in The Fall of Irish Chiefs and Clans
3) 'Gill' in Missouri Irish.
4) 'Magill' in the Families of Co. Dublin, Ireland.
5) 'Arthur Magill' in King James Irish Army List.
6) 'Capt. James Magill' in Families of Co. Kerry, Ireland.
7) 'John Magill' in ‘Pynnars Survey’.

You can use this free index to search for your family name.

Remember to leave off the Mac or O when typing your name.

Around the World, in Irish Ways.
The Web Page and Video of the Month.

1) Magill Family Genealogy Forum

2) Lone Piper and Drummer start this video off

3) Outlaw Ned Kelly and his final Australian stand

4) Marconi Celebration in Clifden, Co. Galway

5) Climbing Croagh Patrick in 5 hours

see also our Irish Video Shorts at:

Curious News and Notes, From Ireland today

1) The Queen of England recently visited Ireland, and indicates
she wants to come beck…. even though no one curtsyed…

2) “Not Just Ned Kelly- the Real Story of the Irish in Australia
National Museum of Australia has major new exhibition…

3) Paying the Piper was the theme of this years Galway Early Music
Festival, which has begin… just started and already done I think... and
the African film festival also ran in Galway this weekend.

4) Being involved in Short Wave Radio I had known of the
Marconi connection with Ireland. It was near Clifden that he set
up his first transatlantic wireless station…and more…

5) Fish and Penance on Friday is back

6) Hikers Heels, gangs of walkers leveling Croagh Patrick

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

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