Thanks to for their donation to the Kansas City Irish Fest 2015

The Kansas City Irish Fest Genealogy area 2015.

The Kansas City Irish Fest Genealogy area 2015.

We want to thank for their wonderful donation to this year’s Irish Fest.

  • Lauren Carver (@mrswinchester6) and Annie Wallace (@WaitressRN) each won a year’s subscription to Ancestry’s World Edition.
  • John Hill won a year’s subscription to Fold3
  • Bridget Hernandez won a year’s subscription to
  • Judith Cody and Tracy Pfeiffer each won a copy of Family Tree Maker

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who entered!

We had entries from 15 different states this year!

  • States represented for Ancestry Drawings:
  • Missouri (Kansas City, Springfield, Columbia, St. Louis)
  • Kansas (Lawrence, Overland Park, Wichita)
  • Hawaii
  • Ohio (Toledo, Cincinnati)
  • Oklahoma (Tulsa, Oklahoma City)
  • California (Los Angeles)
  • Illinois (Chicago, Peoria)
  • North Dakota
  • Washington (Seattle)
  • New Hampshire
  • Iowa (Des Moines)
  • South Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • Massachusetts

We had 8 computer stations with a volunteer who helped families look for their ‘roots’!

The genealogy area is inside the Crown Center Atrium – so the heat or rain does not bother us!


Adrian Farrell Consul General of Ireland visits Kansas City Irish Fest 2015

Adrain Farrell visits the Genealogy area of the Kansas City Irish Fest.

Adrain Farrell visits the Genealogy area of the Kansas City Irish Fest.

Adrain Farrell the Consul General of Ireland from Austin Texas visited the Kansas City Irish Fest this year. The genealogy area is inside the Crown Center atrium. We don’t have to worry about rain with all of our computers and printers.

We had 8 computer stations each with a volunteer helping people. This year we had over 100+ appointments during the festival. One appointment can mean 1-6 people from a family. It is so rewarding to help families connect with their Irish ancestry!

Many families do not know where in Ireland their family came from. Oral traditions can be lost within 3 generations. I have a 3Great Uncle, James Smith lived in Friend Nebraska, who wrote a letter when he was trying to get his Civil War pension.

“On this 18th day of June 1913 personally appeared before me a Notary Public duly appointed in and for said count and State. James Smith of lawful age and who being first duly sworn according to law says: That he was born in county Meathe (this is the spelling that James used) Ireland, that his parents came to the United states when he was but two years old, that he does not know what parish he was christened in, or whether he was christened at all or not. That his parents are dead and all brothers and sisters were older than he are dead, there is no Bible or family record to which he and refer in order to establish his age at this time. That he is unable to furnish any other evidence of his age at this time other than. That his parents always told he he was born on the 6th day of May 1843 and that he had always kept account of his age from the information given him by them and from no there source.”

My question for James, “You never asked your parents where in Ireland you were born?” Smith is a very common name for County Meath!

Kansas City Irish Fest Genealogy Volunteers

Barbara with the 5-year volunteers. Cicily Mahoney, Terry, Davin, Stacey Hodges, Coleen O'Gorman, David Kite, & Amy Fitzgerald.

Barbara with the 5-year volunteers. Cicily Mahoney, Terry Davin, Stacey Hodges, Coleen O’Gorman, David Kite, Max Breeze & Amy Fitzgerald.

We honored some of our fantastic KCIF Genealogy Volunteers.  We couldn’t do it without them!  These are the 5-year veterans for our festival.  We also now have 3-10 year volunteers, Collette Kiszka, Don Kiszka and Cheri Piersee.

Most of our volunteers sign-up for multiple shifts over the weekend. They have so much fun helping find Irish ancestors for people.

2015 is our 13th year.  With over 30 bands on seven stages, heritage workshops and displays, comedy, genealogy, a massive children’s area and so much more, there is no better way to celebrate Celtic Pride in Cowtown!

The Genealogy area is located in the air-conditioned Crown Center Atrium, genealogy staff will be available on Friday from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Do Love to Search for your Irish Ancestors?

Volunteering at the Kansas City Irish Fest  in the Genealogy area.

Volunteering at the Kansas City Irish Fest in the Genealogy area.

Do you love to search for your Irish Ancestors?

We have a lot of people who come to the Kansas City Irish Fest who want to find their Irish Roots!  We need some more volunteers to help staff our area.

The Kansas City Irish Fest is Sept 4th – 6th. The genealogy area is open 5-8pm on Friday and 11am-7pm Saturday and Sunday.

click her to  Volunteer @ KCIF 2015

Are you the person in your family everyone reaches out to for information about the family tree? Do you “lose” time when searching the internet for a long-lost relative? The Genealogy area wants YOU! We’ll provide the computers. You’ll bring your best ancestor-detecting skills and together we’ll uncover some amazing Irish history. Must have experience with online genealogy resources. -then volunteer to be a “Genealogy Fact-Finder”  (need 14 more )

Just getting started with genealogy? This is the opportunity for you. Come help us answer questions, match volunteers with people looking for long-lost relatives, and keep the genealogy area running smoothly. You’ll be the glue that holds us together. No computer experience necessary. – the volunteer to be an “Genealogy Emcee”. (need 10 more)

Friday  4:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Saturday & Sunday10:30 AM to 3:00 PM   or 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

This is such a fun experience to share your love for Irish Genealogy with others!!!

After you volunteer you can stay and enjoy the festival! Great music, heritage workshops, shopping and food!





Looking for Living Descendants of John Neville!

John Neville born 1847 Lynally Glebe, County Offaly, Ireland

John Neville born 1847 Lynally Glebe, County Offaly, Ireland

Have you ever taken time to go back and re-evaluate you genealogy research?  You know more now than when you started your research.

What new tools or resources are now available to use?

I started asking questions about my family about 1962.  Have I made mistakes? Yes, not asking enough questions when I had the chance, but I was only 11 and I didn’t know what genealogy was.  I just knew I wanted to know more about my family.

I have tried to learn as much as I could.  I attend the National Genealogy Society annual Conference.  This is a great place to learn from the best.  What’s new, and how to ‘do it right’. Document what you find!

I am working on a timeline for my Nevill/Neville family.  I am documenting the family in a spreadsheet.

This weekend I attended a reunion with a living male grandson of John Neville born 1847 Lynally Glebe, County Offaly!

John Neville was left behind when his parents – Abraham Neville and Margaret Molloy left Tullamore, traveled to Liverpool to leave for America with two little girls, Mary Ann age 7 and Bridget age 5.  They arrived in New York in April of 1850 with three children – William was born ‘at sea’.

My great-grandfather John Neville finally reunites with his family 14 years later.  I know this using land records I found in Lincoln Nebraska.

John Neville married Anna Morgan in 1882.  John and Anna Neville lived in York County, Nebraska. They had 11 children and 9 survived, and there were 54 grandchildren.

What a special day to get to talk with a grandson of John Neville!  There are not many living descendants left.

A special thank you to Matt Weides for hosting the Neville-Clouse reunion!

Searching for the name of a ‘cousin’!

I know she is a relative, but I don't know her name.

I know she is a relative, but I don’t know her name.

This photo was in my grandmother’s photo album.  I know she is related, but I don’t know her name!  My grandmother was Mary Veronica Neville who married Francis Patrick McTygue.  I know that both of my grandparents had only Irish ancestry.  So my first clue is that she is part Irish.

What I know –

1. The photo was taken in Oshkosh Wisconsin.

2. I know that my grandmother had a relative that lived in Wisconsin – James Kehoe married Mary Neville in 1876 in Green Bay.

3. I know that James and Mary had three children: Joseph born 1877, James born & died 1882, and Mary Ellen born 1885 – she married William Patrick Corrigan in 1906.

4. The photo is a “Cabinet Card” from the 1870’s – 1900.

I am going to try to find out the name of my Irish ‘cousin’!

Is it time to “Circle the Wagons” with your Genealogy

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The signature of James Nevill of Wigam from 1808! I attended the National Genealogy Society Conference in St. Charles Missouri.  I have been doing genealogy for a long time!  I can still walk away with new ideas!  David Rencher asked, … Continue reading

Celebrating Mothers

Sadie Hendrix Morgan, Lucille Morgan Saulsbury, Jean Saulsbury McTygue Barbara McTygue Scanlon and Sharlene McTygue Larson

Sadie Hendrix Morgan,                        Lucille Morgan Saulsbury,
Jean Saulsbury McTygue
Barbara McTygue Scanlon
and Sharlene McTygue Larson

This is one of my special photos taken in the spring of 1955!  Four generations – of my mother’s family.  Sadie Hendrix Morgan Naviaux, was my great-grandmother.  Lucille Morgan Saulsbury my grandmother and Jean Saulsbury McTygue my mother!

Sadie Hendrix was born in 1884 in Barclay, IL. I have a few fond memories of her.  My grandmother Lucille Morgan was born in 1908 south of Overton Nebraska. I have lots of great memories of ‘Granny’.  I met my husband because of her…..thank you so much!

I am so lucky that we still have Mom!  Take time to call your mother this week-end!


Margaret neé Noon Tighe – and her connection to Strokestown

Margaret Noon Tighe

I found a letter from Joan Tighe Clayton, a cousin,  that contained a story about her grandmother, Margaret Noon Tighe. I was able to identify a photo of Joan’s grandmother that was given to my great-grandfather Patrick McTygue about 1870 when he left Rock County Wisconsin to move to Nebraska. My father had the tin-types and didn’t know who they were. I asked if I could take them and try to figure out who they were. I was able to discover who everyone was because I collect family photos and I keep track of all of the families.

Here is the story from a 1996 Christmas letter from Joan –

“ Another highlight of my Irish days was a list to the Famine Museum in Strokestown, County Roscommon. This is the community from which my Grandmother, Margaret Noon Tighe, and her family came at the time of the Great Irish Potato Famine. Many of the Irish families in the farm area around Clinton, Wisconsin (where my father was raised) appear to have their origins in that Strokestown Community during the Famine era. On the wall in the museum was an article from The Freeman’s Journal of April 29, 1848 in which was published a list of tenants from the Pakenham-Mahon estate which now houses the museum. A number of the names on that list are the same as those in the Clinton area I mentioned above. The museum has the best collection of Famine Records and the Museum director was kind enough to give me a copy of The Freeman’s Journal article for my files. President Mary Robinson dedicated the Strokestown Museum in 1884. The 150th Anniversary of the Commencement of the Famine was in 1995 but those who are familiar with the horrors of that time will know that the family lasted for a number of years thereafter.”

Margaret Noon was born in May of 1839 and came to America with her parents. Margaret married Michael Tygue 27 Feb 1859 and they were the parents of eight children. About 1905 the family changed the spelling of their surname from Tygue to Tighe. Margaret Tighe died in Clinton, Rock County Wisconsin 24 Sept 1918.

I do not know if the Clinton Tighe family had/has a copy of her photo. Patrick McTygue moved from Wisconsin to Nebraska about 1870 and the family must have given him the photos when he left.

Timothy Mulvihill of Kilbaha, County Kerry on #TombstoneTuesday


Timothy Mulvihill father of 8 from Kilbaha South, County Kerry

Timothy Mulvihill father of 8 from Kilbaha South, County Kerry

Timothy Mulvihill from Kilbaha South, County Kerry is buried in Mount Saint Mary’s Cemetery in Kansas City Missouri.

The first record I have found with Timothy Mulvihill of Kilbaha County Kerry – is the baptismal record of his son Thomas Mulvihill and Johanna Connor dated 1 April 1820.

Timothy and Johanna are the parents of eight children that I know of.

Thomas– 1 April 1820

Catherine– 19 December 1823

Johanna–10 July 1833

Timothy– 12 Feburary 1836

Michael– 12 December 1840

The other three children are documented in the will of Clifford Balch who was the grandson on Michael Mulvihill. They were:

John– ca 1825

Bridget– ca 1830

Ann– ca 1844

The oral tradition of this family was that the mother had died in Ireland and then Timothy came to Kansas City.  Timothy Mulvihill is found in Griffith’s Valuation, leasing land from Rev. Samuel B. Leonard (Rev. Lenonard is renting from Charles L. Landes, Esq.), in the townland of Kilbaha South, Parish of Murher, Barony of Iraghticonnor, County Kerry.

The only census record for Timothy Mulvihill is the 1870 census. Tim Scantlin (Scanlon) age 25 is a drayman, Bridget (Mulvihill) Moore age 30 has 5,000 in Real Estate.  Bridget is the only person on this page to have Real Estate.  Bridget owned a hotel in Kanas City at 1218 Baltimore. From marriage records Timothy and Bridget were married on the 8th of January 1870.  Timothy Mulvihill is listed as being 89 years old. I believe Timothy was about 70 to 72 years old.

Thomas Mulvihill married Margaret Morrissy and moved to KC about 1865.

Catherine Mulvihill married Michael McMahon and moved to KC about 1859.

John Mulvihill married Catharine Sheehan and moved to KC about 1856.

Bridget Mulvihill married William B. Moore first, then Timothy Scanlon in 1870, she moved to KC before 1860.

Timothy Mulvihill married Anna McCarroll and had moved to Kasnas City before 1860.

Michael Mulvihill married Ellen Clifford and had moved to Kansas City before 1860.

Anne Mulvihill married John Madden and had moved to Kansas City before 1860.

This has been a fun family to research!