Bill's Genealogy Blog

Bill Buchanan is a long-time genealogy enthusiast, living in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada. This blog will describe my experiences as I research my family history and help others.

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Location: Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada

I am a retired online school teacher. I love family history. Since 2007, I have spent much of my time providing part-time support for the world's largest free family history site This is very rewarding. I have helped others with the Family Tree and related FamilySearch products.
Since April 2010, I have served in the Edmonton Riverbend Family History Centre. I have a FHC blog at Bill's Family History Center Blog For information the Latter-day Saints and family history click

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

The O'Cahan Clan of Ulster, and Wikipedia
As I was trying to explain to a cousin how our Buchanan family could come from Ireland rather than Scotland, it occurred to me that Wikipedia would have a good article on the Plantation of Ulster. I found one and sent her the link. While reading Wikipedia articles on Irish history, I found the one on the O'Cahans. It doesn't mention Anselan who was the founder of the (Scottish) Buchanan clan, but has some interesting information on the destruction of the Irish clan his father had ruled 600 years previously. I was surprised to see that it refers to one of my favorite Irish melodies. 'Rory Dall O'Cahan, an Irish harpist of the 17th century, may have penned the popular Irish tune "The Derry Air" or, "Londonderry Air", in order to lament the destruction of the O' Cathain Clan. Consequently, it may have been originally called "O'Cahan's Lament". The tune is best known as the accompaniment to the song "Danny Boy".' I was unaware of a tenuous family connection to this beautiful and haunting old melody. I found it somewhat touching. Anselan is mentioned in a separate Wikipedia article (Note the various spellings of the name.) So when you are trying to explain something complicated, Wikipedia may be able to save you a lot of work. Studies have shown it to be as accurate as major "print" encyclopedias and it is frequently more comprehensive than they are. -- Bill website:


Blogger Kelly said...

I've always thought of Wikipedia as not being a good source, and avoided looking there, but maybe I should give it a second look. THanks!

Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 4:54:00 PM MDT  

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