Genetic Genealogy, Munster Clare
3:30 p.m. Saturday 15 July 2023
That Beats Banagher Festival, Crank House Venue, Banagher, Co.
Offaly, R42 DE61
by Paddy Waldron
County Clare DNA and genealogy projects
I will organise USD100 discount for up to five males of any of
the following surnames (or variant spellings) who order Big Y-700:
The morals of a recent discussion starting in the Sexton Facebook
- segments of autosomal DNA never follow surnames for more than
a small number of generations, eventually and inevitably coming
from a female ancestor with a different surname if one goes back
far enough; but
- segments of autosomal DNA often remain in the same parish for
many more generations (endogamy or ethnicity?); and
- looking for triangulated matches should be the starting point
of any search for the relationship between two DNA matches, and
can save a lot of time-wasting going down rabbit holes in
pursuit of shared surnames, in particular very common surnames,
and even in pursuit of less common surnames like O'Dea and
- Help project members to:
- trace the genetic heritage of their counties and surnames
and the associated ancestral migrations
- find their places in the Y-DNA (and mtDNA) haplotrees, using
tools such as the Y-DNA Genetic
- "Fish in
all the gene pools" (AncestryDNA, 23andMe, MyHeritage,
FTDNA, GEDmatch, LivingDNA) so
that they can use all the available DNA tools
their DNA matches and DNA segments to the most distant
possible ancestor, using DNApainter etc.
- Use AI to integrate DNA databases and genealogy databases:
- load the genealogies onto an open source GEDCOM database,
- Our Irish Kennedy
DNA Roots: hidden in plain sight by Terence Brian
Kennedy and Brian Patrick Kennedy was launched in Rearcross,
County Tipperary, last Sunday
- The unveiling of a statue
of Brendan O'Regan in his native Sixmilebridge, County
Clare, last Monday prompted me to research his ancestry.
- His paternal grandmother was Margaret Coghlan who claimed in
1901 and 1911 to have been
born in County Clare, but was more likely born in Mungret and
Crecora parish in County Limerick where two of her younger
brothers were recorded in the baptismal registers in 1846 and
1852, but for which the baptismal registers before 3 Nov 1844
have apparently not survived. This Coghlan family moved to
Sixmilebridge around 1855.
- Unfortunately, there is no Co*ghl*n male with Y-DNA results
in Clare Roots project as of 23 Jun 2023.
- This week's episode of
Who Do You Think You Are? (repeated on BBC 1 at 23:10 or
BBC 1 NI at 23:40 next Wednesday) comes from West Clare.
- Kilrush and District Historical Society
walking tour for National Heritage Week
- Marrinan Clan Gathering
in Ennistymon on 25-28 August
- Kilkee Civic Trust
is planning a festival entitled Charlotte Brontė's Kilkee
Honeymoon for Friday 15 and Saturday 16 September 2023.
- Other Banagher/Clare connections:
- Banagher got its new bridge across the Shannon in 1843;
Killaloe is getting its in 2023.
- ESB stations at Ardnacrusha and Moneypoint
- The 19th century trade route from Kilrush to Liverpool and
London went by Banagher, as documented by
the late Brian Goggin
- Anthony Trollope spent time in Killaloe, where we have a
- Like Trollope, William Mulready
from Ennis was involved in the introduction of the penny
post in 1840
- George Petrie worked with Eugene O'Curry
- The journal genealogy has issued a call for papers for
a special issue on "Ethics and Family History: Challenges,
Dilemmas and Responsibilities" (deadline 27 November 2023).
Conclusion: Why you should submit your DNA
- The value of DNA "testing" to genealogists
increases dramatically with the number of people from the
relevant geographical area and relevant extended family group
already in the DNA databases used.
- Submitting your DNA to a database has
significant positive externalities for existing and future
- We need to persuade more Shannon Valley
people to submit DNA samples
to the databases for purely genealogical purposes.
descendants will be eternally grateful to you for leaving
them your DNA.
- See here for all the technical details of how
and why to upload your DNA data and pedigree charts to the