Monthly Archives: August 2009

Brian on “Welcome to the New Hanifin Genealogy Site and Forum”


As we near the 10th anniversary of the forum (and the 12th anniversary of the site), I am proud to reveal the new and improved Hanifin Family Genealogy site! The revamped site is far easier to update, and less vulnerable to junk mail senders (aka spammers).

Please ask you questions here, as you are more likely to get your questions answered if you post them here than if you send them directly to me. [:-)]

This is also a great place to share your family stories and history! I hope you find this forum helpful!

Brian J. Hanifin

archives on “Timothy “Tadgh” Brosnan (aka “the Tadgh of Gold”) & Margaret “Peg” Quinn”

My father made mention of a great grand unce of his called Tadhg an ”r (Tadhg of the gold) who returned to Kerry from America with gold he had prospected whilst there and set up a pub in Tralee. He would have been a brother of my great great grand father, John Brosnan of Ballinorig, Tralee (b. 1845 d. 1918) Is this the same Tadgh as is referenced in your family tree?

PS: Great website

Brian on “Forum Registration Now Required”

Over 35,000+ messages were posted to our forum over the past 10 years. Only 430 legitimate messages were posted!!!

In order to reduce the amount of work I have to do removing junk messages (aka spam) every day, everyone who wishes to post to this forum will have to create an account. Automatic spam filters have been put in place as an additional precaution. By now everyone should be comfortable filling out a short registration form.

I hope you understand.

Brian Hanifin


My name is James M Manning Haymarket Virginia formerly of The Bronx, New York. My Grandmother was Ellen ìNellieî Hanifin. She was born approximately 1872 and married Johnie Nellie OíMainin (Manning) and lived in Terravane, Ballyferriter, Dingle. She died circa 1957 in Terravane. I am told that she had a brother John Hanifin who emigrated to the USA and settled very near Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois. John had at least 5 children. A son Jerry (Gerry) and four daughters. A first cousin of Jerry would be a Reverend Martin Manning from IOWA who has lost touch with this family and its progeny. Do any of the Hanifin Family Trees have a similar thread in same?

archives on “Hannafin Family, County Kerry, Ardfert”

My Grandfather, Maurice Hannafin, came from Ardfert, Co. Kerry. He had brothers, Michael and Peter Hannafin (or Hanifin) who worked their farm in Ardfert, Farenwilliam, County Kerry. Maurice had two sisters, Mae and Honora (Christine) who moved to the states many years ago. Have been to Ireland once in the early 80s. Am looking for any relatives in Ardfert, or elsewhere, who may know this family. Maurice moved to the US and married Mary Cahill, and they had two children, Richard and Maura Hannafin. When I was in Ardfert in 1984, I met my 2nd cousin, who owned a pub in Ardfert, named Jerry Hanifin.
Any help would be appreciated.
God Bless You All.