2014 Was an Awesome Year for Genealogy

I look back and I am amazed at all that I have found in 2014.

First, I found the Irish connection for my mother’s Cooney ancestors from Mullingar. Thomas and Bridget Cooney immigrated to America about 1862 with their two young sons.  I traveled to Ireland twice with my parents (1994 & 1999).  I had found cousins for my father, but my mother was upset because I could not find any cousins for her!  I didn’t give up, and it finally paid off this summer.  I had found a post for a Cooney from Curraghmore, County West Meath. I met with Tom  and we finally figured out that we are related! The reason I could not find them earlier – his family moved from Mullingar to Dublin about 1900!  So when I was researching in 1994 – nobody in the Family History Center knew about the Cooney family that moved to Dublin in 1900!  I would have not found the connection without being able to Google the family and where they used to live.

Second, I found a deed for a William Nevill from Mountmellick, Queens County (Laois).  I had the oral tradition, from the cousins in Ireland that our William Nevill had moved to Tullamore about 1798.  I found the “Irish Deeds Project” that is posted on Titter and Facebook.  I had a young woman from Tipperary go to Dublin to get a copy of the deed.  I attended the ACE genealogy class at UCC in July and then had time to do additional family research. I was able to go to the Quaker Library in Dublin and they gave me 76 entries for Nevill & Neville. In October I took my Irish Genealogy class in Salt Lake City.  Part of the class includes a 30 minute private session with the instructor.  I laid all of my documentation out and where I thought the families connected….then I asked, “What do you think?”  David replied, “It doesn’t get any better than this!”  In the documents that I had gotten from the Quaker Library were the marriage records for William Nevill of Mountmellick – the first marriage was in 1702 and after Elizabeth Pleadwell died William married a second time in 1719 to Anne Atkinson.  William would have been at least 21 at the time of his first marriage.  How did I figure out it was the same person?  He named his parents on both records!

Third, I was able to expand my husbands Mulvihill family.  I had found information while in Salt Lake City, but could not find the books, on-line or in America.  I was able to go to the County Kerry Library and get copies of the articles.   Timothy Mulvihill lived in Kilbaha South, County Kerry with his wife Johanna Connor and eight children.  Timothy and all eight children ended up in Kansas City by 1870.  Many of these Irish left very little information about their life in Ireland.  What fun to discover an article about the Mulvihill family from the time period that they lived there.

So what will happen in 2015?  I have no idea, but I am excited and ready!  My wish for all working on their family history – I wish you a “Very Happy New Year”!



Having help with my family history!


Translating an Irish song from pre-1834 about 'faction fighting'!

Translating an Irish song from pre-1834 about ‘faction fighting’!

Last night I had help to translate a song from pre 1834 that has a connection to my husband’s family.

I visited the County Kerry archives in Tralee in July to do additional research on my husband’s Mulvihill family.  I found an article A Sidelight on the 1834 Affray at Ballyeach  by Pádraig de Brún  in the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society Journal. “The great faction-fight between the Cooleens on the one hand and the Lawlors and Black Mulvihills on the other which took place at the races of Ballyeagh strand on St. John’s Day 24 Jun 1834 involved participants from all over north Kerry and was one of the fiercest and most brutal of its kind.”

I had found the Mulvihill family in Kilbaha South County Kerry in Griffith’s Valuation.  Timothy and his brother Miles Mulvihill lived there.  I have also found their sister Honora Mulvihill who married John Lawlor also lived in Kilbhah South, a townland on the County Kerry and County Limerick border.

Timothy Mulvihill moved to Kansas City between 1860 and 1870, he died here in 1872.  I have found all 8 of his children were here in Kansas City Missouri.

It is so exciting to find a document that tells a story about this family from the 1830’s! The song was taken down by Pádraig Feiritéar in Feb of 1895 from his brother Micil who learned it from their father.

The problem is the song is written in Irish!  And standardization of spelling in Ireland for names and place names did not happen until the 1920’s.

Casadh giúistis cinn córum den chomharsain seo liom agus mé ag dul do súach abhaile.

Do chuir sé stró orm agus b’eól do súd san agus d’iarr sé orm iasacht mo mhaide.

Thanks everyone for all of the help translating!






Mulvihill Twigs on the Tree

Ed Scanlon Sr


This is a photo of my father-in-law Ed Scanlon.  I have worked on his family for many years.  I finally figured out where his grandmother, Johanna Mulvihill’s family immigrated from.  Johanna’s parents came to Kansas City with the first wave of Irish immigrants that Rev. Bernard Donnelly brought to build the city.  Eventually Timothy Mulvihill and all eight of his children were here.

I found Timothy Mulvihill in the 1870 census of Kansas City, he gave his age as 89 years so he would have been born about 1781.  Timothy’s wife had died in Ireland and there was no record of the name of his wife!  I finally found the clue that broke through the ‘brick wall’ with a Civil War pension packet.  I found this on a ‘dead branch’ of the family tree. The last descendant in that branch of the Mulvihill family died in 1955. (I married into this family in 1970) Michael Mulvihill had documented his marriage in March of 1894! “Michael Mulvihill the son of Timothy Mulvihill and Johanna Connor” !!

With this information I was able to find baptismal records for  five of the eight children of Timothy Mulvihill and Johanna Connor.  The family lived in Kilbaha, County Kerry! I have found Timothy on Griffith’s Valuation and they lived in Kilbhah South!

So Dad – this one is for you!   Sure wish you were here to enjoy the journey! Looking forward to exploring Kilbaha, County Kerry!