Name - Elizabeth O'Donoghue/Ross, BA
Tell us about yourself
You could describe me as the business manager/master printer/general factotum for my family of artists - Tighe O'Donoghue/Ross, Eoghan and D’Ana. My other pursuits include Group Administrator of The O’Donoghue Society Y-DNA Project since April 2005, founder of the Munster Irish DNA Project with Nigel McCarthy and Finbar O Mahony in Jan 2012 (see their own profiles as well), contributor to the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society Kerry Magazine and Journal and The O’Donoghue Society Journal, and occasional wolfhound breeder.
Member - ISOGG, The O’Donoghue Society, Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society, former Executive Director of Clans of Ireland
How did you get into genealogy?
I joined my husband in researching Irish and family history over forty years ago. We returned to Ireland from the US with our family in 1986 and have continued that pursuit. My own family have Welsh origins, emigrating to the US before the Civil War.
What about your involvement with genetic genealogy?
The O’Donoghue Society embarked upon a Y-DNA project in 2003, in which I became involved from the outset, accepting the role of Group Administrator two years later. Researching the different tribes of O’Donoghues resulted in a particular focus on Munster, which is my husband’s heritage. The understanding of any of O’Donoghue history is inextricably entwined with the entire population of Munster, and I thought of formalizing a project devoted to increasing our knowledge of the genetic ancestry of this southern province. Nigel McCarthy and Finbar O Mahony (presenters of their own projects as well) whose families share a Munster Eóganacht heritage agreed to join me and have helped make the project a fascinating study of ancient Irish heritage.
What will you be talking about?
The aims of the project and the discoveries to date:
- How the project is organized
- What genetic signatures are found in Munster
- How they differ from the rest of the island
- What relationships there are between the various Munster surnames
- What clues there are of where these genetic signatures originated
- How old they are
- How they compare to the ancient genealogical tracts which identify the early surnames found in Munster
- What next
To what surnames is this topic relevant?
All native Irish surnames found in Munster – the full list is available at our website
Where can people get more information about you or your topic?
Just click on any of the links below:
- The Munster Irish Project on FTDNA - http://www.familytreedna.com/public/MunsterIrish/default.aspx
- The O'Donoghue Society website - http://www.odonoghue.co.uk/projects/63.html
- The Topographical Poems of John O'Dubhagain and Giolla Na Naomh O'Huidhrin - http://clanmaclochlainn.com/topo.htm
- Eoghanacht Genealogies – Excerpt From The Book of Munster - http://www.clanmacrae.ca/documents/munster.htm
- The Geneaology of Corca Laidhe - http://www.ucc.ie/celt/published/T105009/index.html
What DNA tests will you be discussing?
Download a pdf version of the slides - just click here
Watch the presentation by Elizabeth, Nigel and Finbar here.