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Boland Family Research

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Using DNA, I discovered that my Nana's father was not the same man as her sister's father. After a lot of work, I was able to discover that her biological father was John Francis Boland. John was the son of an immigrant from Ireland.

In addition, I have found DNA cousins that have traced their Boland ancestors to County Clare, not County Limerick. Therefore, research needs to be done in both counties.


John was born in Flatbush, Brooklyn to Thomas Boland and Annie Pierce. Thomas emigrated from Ireland to NYC with his parents, John Boland and Johanna Eagan, likely in the 1860s.

John's obituary stated that he was from Cappamore in County Limerick. His death certificate recorded his parents as James Boland and Mary O'Connell.

The family were Roman Catholic. They are all buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn.


An Cheapach Mhór, Luimnigh, Éire

Cappamore (An Cheapach Mhór) is in County Limerick (Contae Luimnigh) in Ireland (Éire). It is a farming community with a focus on diary farms.


Gaeilge, or Irish Gaelic, was the language spoken by the majority of Irish citizens until the late 1800s. The loss of the language was due to British colonization, which included every attempt to destroy the Irish citizens, or short of that, to destroy their identity, their culture and their language. The introduction of state schools which only taught English and the unavailability of an Irish Catholic bible are benign examples of how the British wiped out an ancient language in a very short amount of time.

The Great Famine, from 1845 to 1849, hit the hardest in the areas of Ireland where the Irish language was the most dominant, in the west and south. Ireland took the brunt of the famine due to the controlling party in the British government, the issue with the land being taken from the Irish and given to the English, who didn't live on the land and were not there to oversee it, and Ireland being overly dependent on their potato crops and not having an alternative means to feed themselves. Over a million people died and over two million people emigrated or became refugees, which had a huge impact on the use of Irish Gaelic over English. The Great Famine permanently changed Ireland and it still has not recovered to what it was before.


Ancestors of John Francis Boland

Research Notes

  • An Chartlann Náisiúnta (National Archives of Ireland)
    • Genealogy Site
      • National Archives Genealogy Website
        • Census of Ireland, 1901 and 1911, and pre-1901 survivals
          • 1821 - No Bolands in Limerick
          • 1831 - No Bolands
          • 1841 - No Bolands
          • 1851 - No Bolands
        • 1841 / 1851 Census Search
          • No James Boland
        • Tithe Applotment Books, 1823 – 37
          • James Boland, Drumalla, Tuogh, Limerick, 1826
          • James Boland, Derry More Wood, Killeely, Limerick, Clare, 1833
        • Calendars of Wills and Administrations, 1858 – 1922
          • James Boland, Executor Jerome Charles Boland, DoD 2 Dec 1898, County Clare
          • James Boland, DoD 1859, no location
          • James Boland, DoD 1870, no location
          • James Boland, DoD 1872, no location
        • Prerogative and diocesan copies of some wills and indexes to others, 1596 – 1858
          • James Boland, 1769, Limerick
          • James Boland, 1783, Limerick
          • James Boland, 1823, Ennis, County Clare
          • James Boland, DoD 1873
        • Diocesan and Prerogative Marriage License Bonds Indexes, 1623 - 1866
          • James Boland - none in Limerick or Clare
          • Other James Boland entries, but not in Counties Limerick or Clare
        • Catholic Qualification Rolls, 1700 - 1845
          • James Boland - none in Counties Limerick or Clare
        • Valuation Office books 1824-1856
          • James Boland, Clonmacken, St Munchin, Limerick, Valuation: 07 Jan 1848
          • James Boland, Dromalta, Tuogh, Owneybeg, Limerick, Valuation: Jul 1849
          • James Boland, Rathmale, Mungret, Pubblebrien, Limerick, Valuation: 16 Nov 1847
          • James Boland, Lansdowne, Clonmacken, Pubblebrien, St. Munchin's, Limerick, Valuation: 18 Oct 1847
          • James Boland, Rothmall, Mongret, Pubblebrien, Limerick, Valuation: 20 Apr 1849


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