Talty Roots Project

 Single Family Genealogical Study


“Do you have a Talty ancestor, and would like to find family records, or find out where the family

originated? Together we can find the answers”

Project based in Co. Clare Ireland

Why the Talty Family Roots Project?

The Talty name is very suited to this type of project due to the fact that it is only in the last 150 years that migration and emigration has spread the name globally. Prior to that it was mainly confined to the Co Clare area. Like many other families who were related in Ireland, one of the frustrations in doing Talty research, is that all the children of those families seemed to have the same names despite living in very different parishes. This is an indication that many of the families were linked/related in their ancestry.

1. To develop a database of all Talty family members in Co Clare from the 1800's to the 1950’s at least, with free and open access to registered members.

2. To try to identify which Talty members emigrated and to develop a geographical profile of areas in the world where they settled.

3. To provide a forum in which descendants of these emigrants can make contact and add the data of their proginitors in their adopted country.

4. To conduct YDNA tests on one male from each branch in order to establish if the different branches are related and establish the origins of the original Talty male down to Townland

6. To test the story which has been handed down through lore that the Talty's were originally O Reilly from Cavan who migrated to Co Clare and that the beginnings of the name commenced Clare in the 1600's

7. Requests have also been made for the provision of a facility for m23DNA testing which will allow for the testing for the genetic predisposition within the family for genetically inherited

Aims of Project


The Internet allows Talty family members to communicate with each other despite geographical location. This medium allows us to share with each other and reduce the sense of isolation and feelings of “dead ends” which is common in this type of research.

Shared results for initiatives like DNA testing can make the process of doing these types of tests much more meaningful and significant.

These types of shared projects can act as inspiration for younger generations when they see how much their ancestors achieved despite tough economic times.

Free access to records and resources.


The parish records have to be input manually and this takes time. Quality and quantity of information varies from parish to parish. Up to 1900, death records can only be gleaned form the gravestone/ newspapers etc. Local knowledge is diminishing rapidly in Ireland. It can be difficult to match the locally known nicknames for families to the recorded records in order to link ancestor and descendant families.

Users will require great Patience

The potential rewards are enormous in the long term

What are the pros and cons of doing the project online?

September 2013 - All records for Taltys born in Clare will be entered in the database based on available parish records.

December 2013 - pre 1800 records, death records and links to emigrant Taltys added as far as possible.

Some DNA testing completed

March 2014 - Post 1900 records added

April - Analysis and report on DNA  testing completed


The project is currently being administered in Co Clare by Brid Talty. Meetings will be held for interested parties in Co Clare from January onwards and will be posted on this site.

Any other interested groups in other countries are invited to organise meetings and return suggestions also.

The first meeting in Co Clare will outline the project and its aims and talks on DNA testing.

Newsletters will be posted as time goes on.

Project Administration



Parishes in Clare whose records will be included in the database include Kilfarboy,Kilmurray Ibrikane,Ennis,  Doonbeg/Kilkee, Inagh/kilnamona, Kilmaley, Corofin. All other parishes will be added as time goes by but the listed parishes contain the majority of Talty families.

Talty Roots Parishes

Newsletter 1 : Aims of  project

September 1st 2013

Boathouse at Freigh, Miltown Malbay in the parish of Kilfarboy. The last remaining vestige of a cluster of 21 houses whose occupants all emigrated during the 1800’s

Features Talty family members who have become know globally for endeavours in their chosen fields and who have achieved recognition.  

Talty’s Global

If you have any stories of Talty family members who emigrated from Ireland and have interesting tales to share, we would love to hear from you and share,


Sincere thanks to Br. Michael Talty in Brisbane, Heather Coleman in Victoria, Julia Dailey in the US and Julie Ann Olson for all their help and information. My thanks also go to the parish administrators for all their help with records.


This newsletter introduces the project and its aims. It also gives contact information.

Updates on progress of aims and also arrangements for meetings. (If you wish to organise a meeting in your area, let us know

Newsletter 2 : Progress

December 2013

Newsletter 3: International reports

Feb 1st 2014

Users are invited to submit interesting life stories about Talty ancestors which are worth sharing with the extended group.