Question of the Week: Do you have Irish ancestors?

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St. Patrick's Day is March 17. Do you have any Irish ancestors?

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in The Tree House by Sarah Rojas G2G6 Mach 9 (95k points)
Did your Gallaghers come over to Nova Scotia in the early 1800s?  I have a 3rd great grandmother, Ellen Gallagher born in 1824 in Co. Donegal who lived in Chamcook, N.S.
37% of my heritage is Ireland/Scotland per my DNA test results. Wish I knew precisely who.
My gt-grandmother was a Crossgrove descendant. They crossed from Ireland to Scotland and then to New Zealand. I also have Irish from Campbells, McGildonie & Downie antecedents
Yes I was born in Ireland and have numerous relations
Hi Edwin Power, My husband David Jackson's g/g/father Edward Jackson married a Mary Power in the Curragh,Ballysax-Kildare,18.8.1857(Army barracks).He was born in Little Gonerby, Grantham,England,enrolled as a private in Cork as a private with the 16th Lancers ,but later in his career became the Inductor of a military prison in India, died in 1903 in West Ham England. Don't know what became of Mary Power.Pity she doesn't have a middle name to help identify her , but even then she would be difficult to trace. Just thought I'd contact you as I haven't come across your surname on social media before.Margaret Jackson ,Western Australia
I have Irish ancestors on my Mother's side ..Powers, Howard and McLaughlin. I have only been able to trace them in the US in Ohio around 1850. Figuring they came over shortly before that as the census records indicate that they were born in Ireland. I too have hit a brick wall in tracing them to Ireland.Has anyone had luck in finding ship information for their ancestors traveling from Ireland to the US?
Hi Margaret, apart from this site I'm not on social media, I don't do Facebook or any of the other sites although my children are.I do however have distant relations in Australia or I think I do as two of them were transported for stealing sheep, I think they were in Sale.
I most definitely have Irish ancestors. My DNA tests show more than 65% Irish and Irish/Scottish DNA at much more than that

Irish family names are Noonan, Hickey, Murphy, Corcoran, Barrett, Moran and more...

I have a lot of relatives traces back to County Mayo and Tipperary but hard to find information beyond late 1700’s there. My 3-4 great grandparents came over to Ontario, Canada and New York/Virginia/Massachusetts , USA
I have Irish DNA. The most common group that I know of right now is Sheridan.
Yes, I do from family names such as Lynch and Rafferty

62 Answers

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Yes! A large part of my DNA is Irish. I'm happy to have Todds and Moores (O'Moores) on both maternal and paternal sides of the family tree. One of my ancestors was Ruari Rory Ó Mórdha O'Moore (called "Roger Moore" by the English).

by Betty Norman G2G3 (4k points)
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Yes. My mother's side of the family are predominantly Irish with lots of surnames. In fact, probably too many to search, such as Malone, O'Neill, Lundy, Gilmour, McChrystal Sadly the records available do make it difficult to research anyone's Irish links.
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My great great grandfather, Jacob McMullen, was born in County Down in 1855. Both his parents were from County Down and appear to have been Presbyterians of Scottish descent, probably part of the private plantation from Scotland of the confiscated lands of Conn O'Neill under James Hamilton & Hugh Montgomery in the early 1600s.

by Andre Mostert G2G Crew (390 points)
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My Great Grandfather came from Ireland, and through the help of RootChat, and FindMyPast I was able to confirm his parents in Antrim, Ireland!   

Happily, I located a cousin from the same line through  They don;t have a DNA test, but found them researching the great great grandparents surname "Arbuckle"  

Her Great Grand Father was the older brother to mine..  We have been communicating ever since..  

Of course my DNA says...  some Irish there to!
by Wanda Clowater G2G2 (2.3k points)
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My DNA says that I am 1/3 Scots/Irish specifically from Galway - Lough Corrib, Lough Mask in Connaught. Personally I haven’t a clue as it’s mainly my fathers side and i never knew him. My second great-grandfather was John Mannion born Galway in 1834
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With a name like Dufficy HECK YES! Although we have a dead end in my ancestry.

Strokestown, Roscommon
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Yes, many,....Atkins, Quinns,....Conningsby,......just off the top of my head,.....

by Allyn Hansen G2G Rookie (280 points)
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Yes I am Irish, Young side of my family. I have been able to trace Thomas Young who emigrated to US in 1832 and met his future wife, Jane Greer, on the voyage. They both were from County Tyrone, different villages. I found Thomas’s father, Robert and possibly Jane’s family. It is not easy tracing in Ireland.
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Lots of Irish ancestors:  John Noonan and Julia Readon from Limerick Ireland.  William McCord and Margaret Moffat from Ballymena.  George and Margaret Patterson from County Tyrone.  Jane Montgomery from Newton Crommelin.  McCords and Moffats from Skerry and Broughshane.  Just some to mention!
by Terry McIntyre G2G Rookie (230 points)
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Proud descendant of the KERVIN family in Moncton, New Brunswick (Irishtown and Sunnybrae)
by Amy Miller G2G Rookie (230 points)
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Yes heaps! The first ones came to Camada ~1812:  then the other families arrived in 1820, during the Famine, and finally 1887.
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Yes,  My Paternal Grandmother was born in Ireland  in 1872 and migrated to the US in 1898, settling in San Francisco, where she married my Grandfather.  Irish Family names are O'Keeffe, Deegan, O'Brien, Fleming and Connor.  DNA testing has put me at about 20% Irish.
by Patrick Garcia G2G Crew (330 points)
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My grandfather's parents were Irish, his mother (Molly McGurn) born on the way or shortly after arriving in America, his father (John Flannery) was born in County Mayo.  Was headed to continue my genealogy research in person this summer, but seems Corona had other plans.
by LynEll Richter G2G Rookie (230 points)
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yes, lots.  All convicts except one.
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My maternal grandfather's line, Melody, came from Tynagh, County Galway in the early-to-mid 1800's to New York, then one brother settled in Winsconsin before his descendants branched out to Illinois, where my grandpa met my grandma, who's own grandparents, Riley and Nolan, were born of Irish immigrants. And, according to my dad's DNA test he's also Irish, but we haven't found those ancestors yet
by C. Snow G2G Rookie (230 points)
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Yes. Primarily from my maternal grandmother's side of the family, her maternal lineage.
by Sarah Nelson G2G Crew (840 points)
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Yes. Both on my maternal and paternal sides.
by Jamaica Campbell G2G Rookie (260 points)
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My earliest Irish ancestor was David O'Killia of Yarmouth, Massachusetts Bay Colony. He appears to be the only Irishman there as he was called David O'Killea the Irishman.

He is first recorded in the Plymouth Colony records in 1655.

He took the Oath of Fidelity in 1657.

by Nancy Downing G2G2 (2.8k points)
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I have Irish ancestors and they are being very uncooperative, it is like they started a game of hide and seek about 100 years before I was born, and they have a very good hiding place xxx
by Karen Butler G2G6 Mach 8 (88.1k points)
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My family of Barretts are from Ireland.
by Judy Woods G2G Crew (800 points)

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