I've spent a lot of time researching the history of the Irish in Kansas City. Most folks have not had the time to discover this part of our past. After I completed the 2nd edition of 'Missouri Irish', it was time to spread the word on Kansas City, so I hope you will enjoy these tidbits on the history of the Irish here in the heart of America. I've done the same for St. Louis in a separate segment on vimeo.
Well, I've been lucky enough to figure out how to make some free podcasts. Here is my History of the Irish in America broadcast with me hard at work in my home studio. After writing my History of the Irish in Missouri book, I thought it was fitting to do a segment on the Irish in America !
One of the few surviving works of Irish History. This work was written originally in the Irish language, and then translated into English in the 19th century. It was recorded on a year by year basis. It is an original source for history and for early Irish family locations in Ireland.
The 1846 edition also has a large map that shows the locations of Irish Families in earlier times, the first of its scope ever compiled and I found that very interesting.
I have several editions of this work in my library and recommend it to anyone with a serious interest in Ireland and her history. A few years back I served as editor for the Connellan translation of the Annals of the Four Masters.
The biggest reason I made this video was to get the word out that there has never been any such thing as an "Irish Family Tartan or plaid".
Clan or Family Tartans are a proud Scottish tradition - but are not found in Irish History. The Scots Irish may make such a link to tartans, but not the old native Irish families. Any stories to the contrary are just that - stories.
A researcher with a knowledge of Irish History and sources can confirm this. Please be true to Irish History and get the facts. A tartan is fine, but don't buy the sales pitch that it is 'your' Irish family Tartan. You will have been fooled !
I have spent many years in the field and wrote "The Irish Book of Arms" a few years back.
I made this video to help researchers understand a little bit about the spelling of Irish family names. Spelling is not engraved in stone !
As the sample I talk about illustrates, its not the spelling of the name - it's the sound of it ! O'Connor can be spelled as O'Conor, O'Coner, O'Conner, O'Connor, etc... all for the same family !
I have seen this thousands of times over the years writing books on Irish families and genealogy. I recently put together a book with several thousand spelling groups for names found in Ireland.