Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

According to my “DNA Story” at ancestry.com, I am 41% Irish, with the rest being a mix of Scottish, Welsh, Flemish, French, and northern and southern Germanic. Although my Irish comes equally from both parents, my father’s Irish roots are probably based in the Connacht province of the southern, Republican side of the island. Wisely they left before the famine began.

While my mother’s family came from Belfast and nearby counties of Northern Ireland. Some of them were Protestants who came over with William’s army, and they became landed gentry who lived on plantations.

Ultimately, both sides wanted all of Ireland to be free from English rule. Here is a list of blog posts I wrote about my Irish roots.

Knox, Knox, Who’s There?

(MOTHER) A retelling of the story of how I am NOT a descendant of John Knox the Reformer, but I am a descendant of a man name John Knox.

Irish Legends

(MOTHER) How I am related to the legendary Hugh O’Neil and the even more legendary Sir Cahir O’Doherty.

My Mother’s Mother’s Mother

(MOTHER) Much more Knox and collateral families

Photograph of Richard Bannon

(MOTHER) A photograph of my great, great grandfather, Richard Bannon.

Kentucky Irish American

(MOTHER) The Kentucky Irish American was a newspaper published in Louisville Kentucky. My maternal grandmother’s family frequently advertised in that newspaper.

The Shamrock Wall

(BOTH) I have Irish ancestors on both sides of my family.

A History of Mower County

(FATHER) My great-grandfather, Patrick O’Malley, was born in Ontario, Canada, in 1851. His family were early pioneers in Minnesota who settled in Mower County in 1856. The woman who, in early 20th century, wrote chapter twenty-three of the History of Mower County (1911) was of the same generation as Patrick. In this post I provide the complete text of the chapter that I supplied a portion

More O’Malley

(FATHER) I have discovered more information about my O’Malley family in Minnesota. I found the source for the marriage record of my great, great-grandparents, I learned that Martin O’Malley died because of an accident, and I found a first-hand account of the Dakota war from a resident of Mower County. In an earlier post, I mentioned that I had documented the marriage of Martin O’Malley

The Overlooked

(FATHER) What I was missing on the O’Malley-side.

A Final Solution?

(FATHER) This is more on the Dakota war of 1862 and the Minnesotan white community’s response towards the uprising. My O’Malley ancestors were living in Mower County, Minnesota, then. I am trying to get a feel for how people in their community responded to the uprising by members of the Dakotan tribes. From what I have read so far it seems that the feelings of the


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