Humphrys genealogy

Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.

Blog - 2010s

(2010 to 2019)


English families updates. Visits and photos.

Irish families updates from DNA findings.


Historic OS maps of UK

National Library of Scotland allows non-commercial use of historic maps.

Lists of visits


New website style, Aug 2018


Mount Merrion House, Co.Dublin


Liam Cosgrave dies, 4 Oct 2017

My mother's first cousin Liam Cosgrave and I discuss our family history in 2013. Liam recalled times spent with his grandfather (my great-grandfather) Alderman Michael Flanagan, who lived through the Famine of 1845-50. It is incredible to think that Liam knew a man who lived through the Famine.

St. George's chapel, Windsor Castle

New scans in Gibbon branch

Huge update to early Humphrys tree, based on Glenstal Abbey papers.

Ryan tree now fully online.

P40 O'Mara papers in UL Archives

High-quality images from old Humphrys and Rahilly glass negatives


New images in Flanagan branch

Major update of Wells branch

I track down and photograph a document dated 1727 in my family tree, June 2016.

Aodhagán Ó Rathaille mentioned in accounts dated Sept 1727.

Films of James Mark Sullivan and the Film Company of Ireland

Humphreys and O'Rahilly prisoners in Mountjoy and Kilmainham

"The O'Rahilly" 1916 memorial events, Apr 2016.

Yeats ancestry updated


Kerr branch entirely updated

I wrote a short biography of Alice Cashel in Cumann na mBan: County Galway Dimensions, Galway County Council, 2015.

Me at the launch with one of the other contributors.
From Joe Travers.

Unfortunately, the rock star Bono does not have a Royal Descent:

Flanagan tree pushed back one more generation, to 1777:

I track down and photograph a document dated 1722 in my family tree, June 2015.

Signature of Aodhagán Ó Rathaille dated 9 Sept 1722.
See full size.

Talk on O'Rahilly family history, Ballylongford, 11 Apr 2015

I gave a talk on the O'Rahilly family history at a seminar on The O'Rahilly in Ballylongford, Co.Kerry, on 11 Apr 2015.


The topic of my talk.
See full program.


Apparently we exist because a man called Kennedy O'Brien was killed in a faction fight in 1825.

UCD Archives

New updates


The song "Darling Michael"

"Darling Michael" (2014).

Dicey family tree - new photos

Possible living descendants of the poet Aodhagán Ó Rathaille

O'Rahilly tree now fully online.
  • O'Rahilly (or Rahilly, or O'Rahilly "Fionn", or The O'Rahilly) of Sliabh Luachra (and Ballylongford and Dublin)


The poet James Clarence Mangan

Brian Boru Millennium talk, 12 Apr 2014

I gave a talk on how we all descend from Brian Boru at the Brian Boru Millennium Commemoration Weekend, Killaloe, Co.Clare, 12 Apr 2014.

Brian Boru weekend, Apr 2014. Left to right:
Genealogist John Hamrock (of Ancestor Network).
Historian Grania Weir (dau of 16th Baron of Inchiquin).
Genealogist Paddy Waldron.
And myself.
See full size. From Ancestor Network. Used with permission.

Donnybrook, Co.Dublin

Lloyd may have a Royal Descent

My wife and my children have 23 descents from Edward III

Ahnentafel (Ancestor Number) Online Parser


Glasnevin Cemetery - New photos and street view

Westminster Abbey

Mangan tree now fully online.
Entirely new Nolan and Donovan trees.

Finns Leinster Journal, 28 Sept to 2 Oct, 1799.
My ancestor Joseph Donovan of Lisgordan signs a statement in favour of the proposed Act of Union.
See full size.

I discover a possible Royal Descent for my grand-uncle, Jan 2013

Major update to Maltass and Icard

New tree and images

New images


Fixed error in ancestry of Kitty Hunter

I previously had Kitty Hunter's ancestor Sir Charles Somerset listed in error as son of the 4th Earl of Worcester. In fact, he is son of the 2nd Earl. (Thanks to Hal Bradley for pointing this out.) Fixing this required wiping out many, but not all, of Kitty Hunter's Royal Descents.

I also took the time to check thoroughly the line from Sir Charles Somerset down to Kitty Hunter. This descent is now definitely proved:

Gould of Limerick city

US Presidential election, Nov 2012

Media coverage

Media appearance: "Coleman at Large", Irish radio, Aug 2012

I talked about my genealogy work on "Coleman at Large", Newstalk radio, 14 Aug 2012.

Click to play first part of "Coleman at Large" show on identity.
Length 25 minutes.
The second part is missing.

  • You have to grab Newstalk shows while they are there. The first part of the show used to be from 28:43 to the end (53:00) in this: This URL no longer works. It points to another show.
  • The second part of the show is missing. It was never online.

  • The celebrity who discovered to his shock that he was not Irish was indeed John Hurt.

Cecil tomb at Westminster Abbey

New details and images

4th Viscount Fitzwilliam.
Portrait 1700. Used with permission.

Detailed mapping

New details and images

Detailed mapping

New images in O'Rahilly branch

New images in O'Mara branch


President Obama visits Ireland, May 2011

Obama's visit to Ireland does in fact make genealogical sense. His Irish-born ancestor, his 3-greats grandfather Fulmoth Kearney (died 1878, many different spellings) is actually his most recent ancestor born outside America on his mother's side. So apart from Kenya (his father's side), Ireland would be his first stop outside America.

Queen Elizabeth II visits Republic of Ireland, May 2011

The Queen's most recent Irish-born ancestor, her 3-greats grandfather Richard Wellesley, 1st Marquess Wellesley (died 1842).


Google Street View for UK and Ireland

This is an image, not an embed:

Street view of James O'Mara's house,
30 Maida Ave, Maida Vale, London.
Click to rotate and see location by canal.

Irish Times article, 1 Dec 2010

Royal Descent of 5th Viscount Fitzwilliam

UK election, 6 May 2010

New O'Rahilly and Humphrys images

Brooke Shields on "Who Do You Think You Are?" (US), 2 Apr 2010.

Brooke Shields on the show.
The show focused on her French Royal ancestors, neglecting her other Royal ancestors.

New details

New details

My MRCA work is mentioned on "QI", Jan 2010

Episode 10, "Greats" of Series G of Stephen Fry's QI show.
BBC One TV, 29 Jan 2010.
See 6:12 to 9:27.
See copies.

  • Unfortunately, they seem to be working from an old article, since they name-check Daniel Boone, whose Royal Descent has since been disproved. It is a shame, since there are so many other famous people they could have mentioned.

  • This is the short version. In the extended version ("QI XL") there is nothing extra on our section.
  • QI Blog, 13 Jan 2012.

Royal Descent of General Robert Hunter

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