Special Issue of Clann Newsletter

The following announcement was written by the Irish Family History Foundation:

Easter_RisingFriday, March 25, 2016

To mark the centenary of the Easter Rising of 1916 a Special Issue of CLANN, the Irish Family History Foundation’s quarterly online newsletter, has been released. It features the results of painstaking research on the families of the seven signatories to the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, the declaration read out by Patrick Pearse at the beginning of the insurrection on Easter Monday, April 24th 1916.

There is a year long programme of events taking place throughout the country in every village, town and city; in schools, libraries, and theatres. Our contribution is to combine family history with the events of 1916. The seven signatories, Ceannt, Clarke, Connolly, Mac Diarmada, MacDonagh, Pearse and Plunkett, have been household names in Ireland for the past century. The seven men came from different backgrounds. Their stories touch on twenty counties and reveal the diverse strands of nineteenth century Irish society.

The research was conducted over several months on behalf of the IFHF by Paul Gorry, a Member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland. The records used are indicated throughout the 52-page newsletter and hopefully these examples will illustrate the range of sources available for Irish genealogical research. The various county databases on ROOTSIRELAND.IE played a central role in tracing the seven families, but the research involved other online sources as well as original records and printed material.

We would welcome any further information that people would like to share about the men and their family histories. We would encourage people to share this publication with schools, libraries, local and family history societies and across social media.

The Special Issue is now available at http://www.rootsireland.ie/clann-newsletters.

The IFHF is the coordinating body for a network of 34 local genealogy centres throughout the island of Ireland. Through its website, ROOTSIRELAND.IE, the centres’ databases are available on subscription. New records are added as the computerisation of sources continues locally. The records cover baptisms, marriages and deaths of various religious denominations, many civil records and gravestone inscriptions.

The ROOTSIRELAND.IE databases cover most of the ‘Catholic Parish Registers at the NLI’ http://registers.nli.ie and provide links to the relevant registers. In addition, the databases cover more recent Roman Catholic records, in many cases well into the twentieth century. They also cover a number of registers never microfilmed by the National Library.

As well as the online information at ROOTSIRELAND.IE the county genealogy centres hold other sources which they will research for enquirers. Their knowledge of local history and place-names provides an additional insight into ancestral research in Ireland.


Why would genealogist Paul Gorry, a Member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland, on page 15 of the Clann’s 2016 Centennial Rising newsletter write “There were several Kent families in the area and there is no possibility of tracing a relationship [concerning affinity with Thomas Kent’s family]? Hasn’t he heard of a yDNA surname project that very well might be able to sort out close relationships within some or all of the various Kent families in the area?


    Thank you for your interest Jim Castellan. Unfortunately yDNA cannot trace a relationship through the female line (Thomas Clarke’s mother’s mother was a Kent). The only DNA test that could be done is an Autosomal test but it is only of real significance within 4 or 5 generations. A near relative of Ceannt and a descendant of Clarke in the present day would be very much removed from the possible relationship. In any case, DNA tests can only point towards a relationship. They cannot (yet) give the exact degree of relationship. My comment (on p. 14) referred to the fact that there are no known primary sources to reveal how Ceannt’s father and Clarke’s grandmother might have been related.


Terrific research. None better than AGI’s Paul Gorry for first class, authoritative work. Well done Paul.

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