Kate grew up in North Albany, NY, also called “Little Limerick”. St. Patrick’s Day in was one of the most celebrated holidays of the year. Mike grew up in Harrisville, NY in rural Lewis County. A glance at the 1850 U.S. Census for Harrisville reads like a ship log of Irish emigrants headed to Boston or New York Harbors during the Great Irish Famine.
According to the 2013 Community Survey taken by the U.S. Census Bureau, we are only two of the 33 million Americans who reported Irish ancestry.
We both were raised hearing stories and tales about our Irish American immigrant ancestors. It wasn’t until later in life that we became “hooked” on “chasing” our ancestors back in time to the Emerald Isle.
Most Irish Americans begin their search by following one or more ancestry lines.
Kate began by chasing her Fitzpatrick clan and expanded to her Regan and Harney lines.
Mike began by following his Laide line and expanded to his Doyle, Whelan and Kennedy lines.
If you decide to begin “the chase” for your Irish American ancestors, then we recommend you begin with one specific clan and expand out from there. Be aware, it will soon become a lifelong pursuit that will keep you up through the early morning hours on many occasions!