Hello Ryan, many thanks for your warm welcome, it was great to go back home, although it was a long time, and of course some things had changed, it was as if I had never been away, now that I know I still have family there I will go back regularly, in fact I am going in August and carry on with my research into the family tree, hope to hear from you again, take care, Sheila.
Thank you Ryan for the welcome to the Wild Geese - my ancestors "flew the coup" in post-Famine times & we have been in Australia for 5 generations... after my aunts traced the family tree, it felt good to return and live in Ireland for a year, about a decade ago... am feeling its about time to return again soon... Rachel.
Thanks Ryan, yes I am very proud of my name and that is my family crest. No relation to Matt but I did meet him once at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia great guy and I love the Chieftains. I have been following the Wild Geese website for quite awhile now and always loved it. I am a huge Irish history buff. Very glad to be aboard.
Ryan, thank you for your warm welcome to The Wild Geese. Please forgive my delay in replying. I am enjoying the emails & info on the website. It keeps me going between visits to Ireland. Blessings, Fran
Thank you for your welcome. The fact is that my entire ancestry as far back as I can trace begins in County Mayo. I descend from Ruddy's from Kilfian, Ruane's from Crossmolina, McHales' who seem to have been from the same area although I am not entirely certain, (They followed the same pattern of immigration as the others, coming to Hawley, Wayne County, PA and then moving to Scranton where I still live.) and a group that is somewhat of an anomaly since they appear to be of Scottish origins. These are the Lamonds. They appear in Mayo records as Lamen, Lamin, and Lammond, although they later seemed to settle on Lammond. Related families from the area are Goldens', Hughes, and Mullins. I do know that the Lammonds were in the area by 1800 or so. My guess is that they came from Ulster after the Battle of the Diamond although they do not appear on any of the lists I have been able to locate. On the other hand, a James Lamond of Tyrone was arrested for involvement in the United Irishmen movement, tried and sent to Australia for life. There is a record of his arrival. My late mother, who died at the age of 97 in 2005, was the only member of the family who knew people in the immigrant generation and it was her understanding that "someone in the family" had gone to Australia rather that the US. I thought it might be an Uncle Martin, her father's brother, about whom I knew nothing at the time. I discovered him in Yorkshire, working as a miner and married to an Annie Smith. If this James was connected to her family, they might have moved to escape harassment. I did have the pleasure of meeting two second cousins who were the granddaughters of my grandfather sister, Margaret Lammond Gallagher of Rathnamaugh. They took me to visit Peter Lammond at the homestead there. He would have been my mother's first cousin, son of her father's brother Thomas. On my father's side, there are Gallaghers', Gillespies and Kearneys'. My father's grandfather, Edward Gallagher, was killed in a mining accident in 1874 so there was something of a disconnect of information. He came to the US in 1864 with his parents, Peter and Catherine, and siblings, Peter, John and Annie. My great-grandmother, the ever popular Mary Brady McNulty Naughton Gallagher seemed to have a problem with the Gallaghers' or they with her, because our line of the family is totally ignorant of the other descendants of Peter and Catherine. I don't think that the Gallaghers' were too happy about Edward's marriage since Mary had a collection of offspring from her previous husbands and was more than likely much older than the thirty that she professed on the 1870 census. Whatever went on, Mary was so incensed that she gave the Gallagher children's surname as McNulty on the 1880's. My father seemed to think that that the Gallaghers' were from Ballina but I actually transcribed Baptisms up to the 1860's and never found them'.
In any case, since I went to the trouble of looking for all Gallaghers' in Kilmermoy, I decided to transcribe all of the records I could read as the handwriting is sometimes illegible or the pages very faded and post them on a website, irishhereandthere.com. There are only about ten years of Kilfian records that I can access but they are on another site called kilfiancrosskin.com. The sites are free and something of a hobby for me.
I like to blend history with my genealogy research and I find your site vvery interesting because I don't know a great deal of Irish history. In addition, Scranton was a popular destination for people from Mayo, Sligo and Galway. I can pass along any information that might be of interest to other members of the group. I am grateful for your including me.
Ahoy, Ryan - thanks for the warm welcome! We moved to Annapolis six years ago and I'm really enjoying the Irish scene here, especially compared to what I experienced on the west coast. We went to Ireland last year and can't wait to go back again. Looking forward to learning a lot and connecting to others here. ~ Patty
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