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January 2016   Oh boy, it's been literally a year since I found time to update this despite retiring. The site still active. In the intervening times we've had more data put online by commercial organizations , better tech such as DNA testing,smart web sites like and social networking. I've been improving the records in my files with electronic copies of many Irish births and I have an off-line repository of a LOT of documents related to McGings and my mom's famnily. One of my long held beliefs was that all individuals using the McGing surname are related, but that is hard to prove given the Irish records of the times. I've a theory that there was indeed a family using that surname around 1780 or so that is the family that the modern McGings descend from. It's also my theory that the Mayo McGings were originally McGinn's from Antrim who left there due to sectarian strife. In modern times, McGing is essentially a Mayo exclusive surname which supports that theory.

In December 2015, a McGing male older than me but not as old as my dad took a Y-DNA 67 test. I've also taken that test.

We are from families that claimed no common relation to each other from both family lore and via standard genealogy records examination. The DNA results says that we are indeed related. Based on this information and the best records we can find, it is likely that this common ancestor existed around 1780-1820. Which is on target with the data, which is strengthened by the uniqueness of the surname and the fact it is localized in Mayo.

So while I need more older male McGings to take a DNA autosomal and a Y-DNA test, in order to address the relationship via paternity, these small early results give a strong support for demonstrating more conclusively that we are indeed cousins. Plus I'd love McGings of both sexes to take autosomal DNA tests, which will help build up the data on the genealogy.

January 2015  
    GEDMATCH Numbers
  • A064108 Nora Collins Heneghan (ncheneghan)(she is a stand-in for her sister, my mother, Ancestry results)
  • A098076 John McGing (jmcging)(this is me, Ancestry results)
  • A731478 John NMI McGing (johnmcging)(this is my father, Ancestry results)
  • FB11338 John Joseph McGing (jmcging) (this is me, FTDNA results)
  • M574550 John McGing (jmcging)(this is me, 23andme results)
  • PA098076M1 John McGing (jmcging)
  • PA098076P1 John McGing (jmcging)
    DNA Tests taken
  • 23andme
  • Family Tree DNA (FTDNA)
I use Legacy Family Tree as my genealogy software and try to keep a recent copy of the family data at Rootsweb.

I also have data at, which is cool because it looks across other people's data for likely matches but my tree data is rarely updated there, as I instead put it into Legacy Family Tree and then on Rootsweb, but it's a good place to do your genealogy. And they are getting smarter, doing a lot of the grunt work for you.

I have found that my research tapers out at 2rd great grandparents, beyond that is lore, assumption and conjecture. That means cousins 4th or higher have to have better data than I do some research done themselves. I share with anyone but if DNA testing says we are 4th or 5th cousins, unless you have some research of your own, it's very unlikely that I have anything either. Just saying up front.

February 2010   Site still active just slow getting things online. I welcome contacts with interested folks

February 2007Still plugging away, but a lot of my data has yet to be scanned or put online. I welcome contacts with interested folks

February 2006 Still plugging away, but a lot of my data has yet to be scanned or put online. I welcome contacts with interested folks.

December 2004 Wow, the easy work of simply gathering up as much data as possible has been pretty much done, and the hard work of analyzing the data is ongoing. And slow. But the data is here for the analyzing and if you figure out something or hahve new stuff to add, please let me know.

July 2004 - It's been almost a year, and it's not because I don't care or am not still researching family, but my computer died, my daughter was in her last year of high school and we had the college search thing and the job got intense. So I have a year's worth of backed up research to get to, things to digitize, leads to follow-up and I'll probably bever recover. But at least I now have both my html editor back up and my ftp program running.

August 2003 Still dealing with real life. Have detailed information on the Austin McGing/McGinn family which ended up in Montana and then Seattle. Found some 1911 Irish census stuff on Pat Deese's pages I didn't have. Wow, where did the time go? Real life got very insistent and genealogy took a backseat. It's been quite slow, but I hope to finish up the work in the 1837 online material reasonably soon.

June 2003 More slowness. Did add some 1891 UK Census items. Will be attacking the remaining birth index materials once the indexes are updated online. No breakthroughs or anything, just slow data collection. Redid the layout of my material (below, at bottom).

May 2003 Most of my work has been in using the resources of to pull together McGing and McGinn data from the UK. So it's been primarily an "offline" month.

April 2003 Updated the UK census with my first 1891 find. Some new photos. Have been updating the UK Indexes of birth and death and marriage.

March 2003 More slowness. I've picked up some documentation for my files, but nothing for the web page. I think I've pretty much gleaned what I can from the Scottish web site for our Scottish cousins. Now there are some interesting Scottish McGinn items, but due to the cost, those are on hold for now.



Past Changes

Why this Page?

Thanks for stopping by! I figure 99% of the people stopping by will be bored silly, because this really is a trivial page but.....

I'm on Facebook and LinkedIn so no longer have a general web page. This particular page is neat because I bought the domain name ( is owned by my cousin Mary) and that's cool, at least to me.  So this page is being set up to be a McGing magnet and maybe a few other things.  I do have an obligatory picture of me here (it's pretty recent but could take a bit to view on a slow connection).

You'd think that any one with a name as rare as McGing would find that most of the McGings he runs into are related in some way.  But you'd be wrong.  It seems that all the ones who track me down are not related.   Go figure!

And that is the reason for doing DNA testing. I'd love for any not related to me McGings to take a DNA test and see what comes up. I'm betting that DNA will show us all to be related. Help prove me right!

So this is a McGing magnet page.  If you are a McGing, or used to be one or have a relation who was or is one, drop me a line or sign my guestbook below and we'll see if we can find out just where we all come from. If I get any responses, I can publish whatever people contribute and share various tidbits.

Who am I?

My name is John McGing and my immediate ancestry is as follows:

Mother was Sarah Collins, born in Shanvallycahill, in the Cappaghaduff district, Ballinrobe, Co Mayo. Her father was John Collins of Shanvallycahill, her mother was Bridgit Conoboy. She came from a large family, some of whom are still in Tourmakeady, while the rest went to England or to the US, mainly in Chicago, Il.

Father is John McGing, born in Churchfield, in the Cappaghaduff district, Ballinrobe, CO Mayo.  His father was Thomas McGing of Churchfield, his mother was Bridget Donoghue. He also came from a large family, all of whom live in the States, again mainly in Chicago, except for one sister who lives in Dublin and one in Tourmakeady.

(Here's a small map of Mayo) We're from around Tourmakeady, which you can see is on the shores of Loch Mask in South Mayo. Here is a much larger, older map of Mayo, circa 1890's  Surprisingly, the home place, in Churchfield, was in Galway, until it was given to Mayo in a border change.

Who Are These People?

When I was in Ireland, I found a whole nest of McGings in Westport, but it seems the connection with them was distant, if at all. It was kind of disconcerting to get a calendar from John McGing's place, which was a service station, as I recall. (Which is odd, come to think of it.  The name is exceedingly rare, yet 2 groups of families with the same rare surname grow up near each other yet aren't related?  What's up with that?)

Same applies in the States.  My dad was confused with another John McGing who was in the Army at the same time he was, and they ended up living not far from each other on Chicago's NorthWest side.  The other family even had a number of kids with the same names as my siblings.  Yet we also never met. There's a boatload of McGings in and around Chicago, but the majority of them are not related to my side of the family. [I do have to say that I have now actually corresponded with some of those "other" McGings and it's neat to finally do so!]

And the Cleveland Ohio McGings all seem to be related to the Westport McGings, but not to me.  The Cincinnati Ohio McGings are related (1st cousins). Check out my cousin's website. The ones in Florida seem to be Cleveland McGings who have gone south. Then there is the odd one or two living in NY, Virginia, places like that that no one can seem to place. My mother told me we have McGing related cousins in Montana, they use McGinn. Color me confused.

And what's with this Scottish connection anyway?  There are McGings in Scotland, it seems we went there to work the fields, but why Stirling Scotland and why stay? What was so much better there that kept some McGings from returning to Ireland?

Gerry McGing from Trim sent some very interesting information that I have made available here. We may now have a lead on where in the North to look for more McGing roots! It looks like they emigrated from Armagh to Mayo. Or not, if what Paul MacCotter says is true. Obviously this needs more investigation. Does anyone have family stories about where their families came from?

I guess I see two areas where we could connect yet have difficulty. My Gr Gr Grandfather had to have siblings, yet I know nothing about him and his family. Could we be related through one of his brothers? Or could we be related through one of his sons? A couple of them had a LOT of boys, yet I've nothing on them. These seem to me to be the biggest area that would pay off in detecting this elusive family link.

One of the many bright spots in the family claim to fame is my 1st cousin is Mick Lally who was an Irish actor (played "Miley" on Glenroe on RTE, was a regular on "Ballykissangel," but that has since been canceled, played in "Circle of Friends" as Minnie Drivers dad, and was in the great movie "The Secret of Roan Inish" as the grandfather)  His mom is my dad's sister (May Lally, a great contributor to the Tourmakeady "Waterfall")  and before he died, he was a favorite at Maire Lukes. Check out this quick link to  Lally History and coat of arms. Another is the fact that my family has a history with Irish dance, in that my cousin Mary (already noted) and my cousin Jimmy taught/teach Irish dance. While Jimmy doesn't do it anymore, his ex-partner Mark Howard does.

One other interesting fact is that if you put "McGing" into a search engine, you get a lot of hits. It used to be a toss-up between me and Dr. Brian McGing at Trinity as to whose name is found most often, but his references are starting to really mount up but the links for my cousin Mary, who owns an Irish dance school, have really started to overshadow us all!

Surname/GEDCOM Data

The history of the surname is interesting. And if you are really interested in what I've found, I'm making available a redacted version of the genealogical data I've gathered. Write me if you'd like to discuss getting access to this information. Due to concerns about privacy, I ask you write so we can discuss what you're looking for.

Understand, the data is always being changed and there are always mistakes and misunderstandings. I've named people odd names because I know a first name only, or a last name only or I only know they had 11 kids, 6 boys and 5 girls, things like that. This data has been secured from searching the internet, especially genealogical sites, contacts with other McGings, the sharing of data by others who have done their own research (and to whom we are all indebted) and searches of things like the LDS files. Where possible it is sourced, but see my note at the bottom of this page.

In addition, I've found a LOT of information in places that you'd not expect, and in order to preserve it, I've put it into an Adobe Aacrobat file that you can find here. I've also listed some things I just didn't know where to put, so they are listed there. It's worth checking.

And the Rootsweb Worldconnect site has an abridged edition of McGing data for 1901 and earlier. This is a portion of the genealogical data we have for the period prior to 1901. The number of connected surnames is pretty amazing. If you use this WorldConnect information, be sure to check out the many reports that the system can set up. This link shows a report on my McGing line, and you can do this for any line you are interested in following.

Staying Up-to-date

I have set up an email "list-serv" type mailing list using the facilities at To sign up, you can click on the button at the bottom of this page or go to and you will see that you need to signup and there is an option to sign up for the mailing list. What I'll try to do with this mailing list is create a way to share material that now comes as indivudual emails as shared mail between people looking to do research and share information. At this time, the volume is low although the archives are available for reading by anyone who signs up. This does make it easy to see what has happened before you signed up.

Besides my family, my other abiding interest is the rare genetic syndrome my son has. The section below explains a bit and links you to my pages about the syndrome. Perhaps one reason I've developed this abiding interest in where I have come from is knowing that my son will not have any children. My daughter will live her life and I don't mean to sound like I'm ignoring her; on the contrary, she's very precious to me. But I realize that my "line" is ending, at least as it goes forward carrying the McGing surname. But he's a great lad, and so I'd be neglectful if I didn't drop this in here.

Registry IconThe Chromosome 18 Registry and Research Society

This is a link to the Chromosome 18 Registry and Research Society. My son Sean has a genetic condition called tetrasomy 18p which is very very rare. The Registry is a great support group and is an organization always looking for assistance. For anyone in the US who can contribute to the Combined Federal Campaign, look for them as a recipient group (#1164) or check them out and contact them directly.

In addition, if you are in the US and participate in the United Way, be aware that although the Registry isn't a direct participant in the UW, you can use the "Donor Direct" option to specify the Registry for your gift.

For anyone outside the US, please contact the Registry in San Antonio (using the links above).

Seriously, this isn't like Jerry's Kids or March of Dimes stuff, where there is a lot of publicity and people throw money at them. Nope, these conditions are rare and virtually unknown and there's been little research done on them. Please keep them in mind when considering any charitable contributions.


Here are some interesting basic Irish links I've linked to.

These links below are McGing specific places found on the internet. You should find a reference somewhere on each page to a McGing, whether it be an article, an email address or whatever. Can't guarantee these will stay active, but they worked when I tested them. I did not include links to pages referencing me or my cousin Mary's dance school since any search on "McGing" will turn a ton of links on us.

Historical and Genealogical Links


United States
Neal McGing - Revolutionary War The Morrin/McGing Connection English Vital Records (Birth) Scottish McGings
McGing in 1850 US Census (Lines 30-32) McGing, Gavin, Lally, Sheridan, Donoghue English Vital Records (Death) Scotish Census
McGing/McGinn 1860 in New York using US Census Griffiths Valuation of Mayo McGings and McGinns English Vital Records (Marriage) Scottish Vital Records
US Census Reports/Extracts Pat Deese's Mayo Data UK Census Extracts  
Chicago Voter Rolls McGings in Killawalla Commonwealth War Graves  
Ellis Island McGing Records Index Westport Business Directory  
Ellis Island McGinn Records Index LDS Microfilm Transcriptions Film 0979697   McGings in Australia
Ellis Island McGing Details May 1818 Marguis of Sligo Rent Rolls
McGing Social Security Death Index Reports Aughagower Graves Data History of the Surname  
  Irish Birth Registry Data Surname Basics  
  Irish Vital Records Data Odds and Ends  
  Additional Irish Records (Birth and Marriage) Some McGing Photo's  
  1883 Census of Glenmask Great Uncle Philip Found  
  McGing - O'Malley in Glenmask McGings in Queen of Heaven Cemetery  
  McGing Records from Galway Mayo Graveyard Photos  
  Tonlegee Land Records Irish Naming Patterns  
  Bessborough Commission Cousins - How Far Removed  
  Mayo Galway Border Shift of 1898    
  1901 Irish Census Transcripts    
  1911 Irish Census Records    
  Interesting Articles    


Sincere Thanks

I'd be remiss if I did not give full credit and approbation to the many people whose work has been so important in doing this research. I've been lucky to be able to build on the shoulders of many fine people whose hard work they willingly shared. There is Sr. Helen, Carl "MacMan", Mary Chervenak, Elaine O'Malley, Michael McGing, Pam Burg, Tom Kenny, Jackie Filippone, Nicola Batmaz, Mary Duffy, Jean Baun and others. If you find anything of value in these pages, their contributions were indeed a major part of it.


I'd be remiss if I didn't point out what may or may not be obvious. And that is this: I am not a professional genealogist, and a lot of the material I have here has not been sourced to original documents. I have tried whenever possible to give a source, including family history, whenever I could, but as I've been told, your work isn't done until you have checked the original sources. That doesn't mean that everything here is worthless; that's certainly not true! Everything here is as accurate as I can make it, but things I typed in myself from sources may indeed have typos. Sources I link to may have errors. But that doesn't make their value any less, it just means you really need to check things out where possible using original source documents As I get a look at original documents myself I'll update entries to reflect that fact.

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