This is a personal not-for-profit grassroots website first created in 2004 to provide information to the world on the burgeoning modern-day Nolan Clan (founded in Ireland in 1995) and also to begin building an online repository of Nolan-related information in support of the Clan’s third goal, namely “to create and maintain, for current and future generations, an archive of historical and anecdotal information of interest to Nolans everywhere”.
The ultimate aim of the website is to bring together in one place available easy-to-use information resources to help current and future generations of Nolans gain a better understanding of their Nolan ancestry and also to help family researchers break down some of the brick walls in their Nolan family research.
Since 2004 this website has steadily improved but, in my opinion, it has not yet reached the point where it is the first place modern-day Nolans look for information on their ancestry.
I also believe that, more than ever, there is a need for a focal point for worldwide Nolan family research on the Internet, a place where the results of years of individual family research can be captured and shared with other Nolan family researchers. It is my hope that this website will become that focal point.
To help make this vision a reality, in March 2017, I announced that I would be divesting myself of my duties as editor for the Nolan Clan Newsletter (a position I had held since 2004) and began to re-vamp the old 2004 vintage NolanFamilies.org website to make it more manageable and capable of easily storing and retrieving the growing amount of Nolan-related information being generated by an increasing number of Nolan family historians spread around the world.
As of February 2020, the old 2004 version of the NolanFamilies.org website (only remnants now showing) has now been re-implemented and, in its re-incarnation “Databases” have given way to “Knowledge Bases” (Family Stories, Memorials and Anecdotes), the user interface has been greatly improved and, thanks to its WordPress-based implementation, the website is now more manageable and easily maintainable by myself and anyone who might follow me as webmaster, tentatively within the next 5 years.
If you have time on your hands and are interested in Nolan family research I invite you to join me in building the world-class “archive of historical and anecdotal information” as envisioned by the founders of the modern-day Nolan Clan (aka Clan O Nolan).
If the answer to my invitation to help is “yes” click on the following link to submit your offer of assistance. If not sure read through the Projects page to get a better appreciation of where you might be able to help.
Already as a young child I was fascinated by the stories passed down by my Nolan ancestors and wondered about my relatives left behind in Ireland those many years ago.
In 1997 I joined the Nolan Clan family organisation (aka Clan O Nolan) and began in earnest to research my Nolan family ancestry. That same year I also began building a repository of information which could assist other Nolan family researchers like myself.
In 2004 I assumed the duties of Newsletter editor for the Nolan Clan family organisation and began publishing article after article on Nolan family history, each time delving ever deeper into Nolan family history.
By early 2017 I felt ready to tackle the challenge of writing an updated Nolan family history, essentially picking up where Rev. John Nolan of Kirkcubbin, co-author of the Millenium Nolan book (O’Nolan – the History of a People) left off in the early 1920s.
If interested in my plans for a more up-to-date Nolan family history book please read my Nolan Book 2021 project write-up .
You may also volunteer to help me gather information (pictures, files, etc.) for the website or the new online Nolan family history book.
You can also send any Nolan-related information to my home address:
Roger Nowlan 222 Ave. De La Colline Gatineau, QC J9J 1T8 CANADA
Roger Nowlan (Email Me )
webmaster and long-time member
of the Nolan Clan aka Clan O Nolan