Last week I wrote about Emigration from Ireland to Argentina, and the end of June I wrote about Putting Your Family Online. I frequently joke about the lack of progress on my own family as I spend the majority of my time doing client research..the majority of my research pre-dates 2002.
This past week the floodgates opened! As a result of last week's blog, I was contacted by a person researching the Eustace family of County Longford, Argentina and Minnesota. After exchanging a few emails, we spoke for over an hour on Saturday night about the names we share in our databases. A John Moughty married a Margaret Eustace in Longford in 1857 and in 1862 they had a daughter, Anne, who married Claudio Carle in Argentina. My Moughtys that went to Argentina were the children of James Moughty and Maria Duggan, cousins to my husband's family. The connection between the families appears to be through the Duggans who were early settlers in Argentina.
It sure makes me want to jump back into this research. So much more is available since I last spent any time working on this family. I have four Moughty families (spelled Mughty) that appear in Griffith's Valuation and I need to figure out how they are all related!
As if that weren't enough, I also received an email over the weekend from an individual in England who, through the Moughty:Daly family file, discovered she connects into my Martin family of Magheracloone in County Monaghan. Her great grandfather John was married to Mary McEntee in New York in 1910 but was back in Ireland for the birth of her grandfather. She had heard that while in New York he lived with a cousin named Patrick Martin. Between what I had in my database and her information I was able to determine that Patrick was my husband's great uncle. I found both the marriage in New York (Italian Genealogical Group) and the 1910 census at Ancestry. I had a note in my file that this Patrick Martin had been previously married to a Murtha, however, as happens with stories passed down in the family, there were bits of truth, but some of the details were wrong. The census showed Patrick and his wife Mary, their children Patrick and Catherine, three cousins John, Peter and Hugh, two step children, James and Bernard Murtha and a brother-in-law, Peter Mooney. Patrick Martin hadn't been married before, his wife Mary had, and two children of the previous marriage were living in the household. The name of the brother-in-law gave me the wife's maiden name of Mooney.
The moral of the story, post your family information online... you never know when the cousins will find you and help you break through a brick wall!