About Website

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.

About Me & Current Projects

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 an online 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 ffort began publishing article after article on Nolan family history,  in an effort to gain an ever deeper understanding of Nolan family history.

In 2017, after divesting myself of the duties of Newsletter editor for the Nolan Clan, I refocused my energies towards:

  • the writing of 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, and
  • the revamping of the original 2004 vintage website to make it more manageable and maintainable and useful, hopefully one of the first places where modern-day Nolan descendants would look for information on their ancestry.

As of March 2020, I now have ported the information at the old 2004 version of the NolanFamilies.org website to a series of “Knowledge Bases” (Family Stories, Memorials and Anecdotes) with a much improved user interface. Also, thanks to the new WordPress-based implementation of the website which renders it is more manageable and easily maintainable I can now envision divesting myself of my webmaster duties within the next few years.

By 2025 I hope to have established a stable working online infrastructure for the efficient storage and retrieval of Nolan-related historical information and also have set up sustainable online work processes for generating and refining the informatiorestedn in the website’s knowledge bases.

2025 is not that far off and much remains to be done if my vision for the website is to be realized. If interested in helping out I suggest that you read the following short write-up on the website intiatives currently underway ( i.e. Archives 2025, Nolan Book 2021 and Family Treetops 2021 ) and then submit your Offer of Assistance.

Your help in this endeavour would be greatly appreciated. If you prefer you may also communicate with me by regular mail.

Roger Nowlan
222 Ave. De La Colline 
Gatineau, QC  J9J 1T8

Roger Nowlan (Email Me )

webmaster and long-time member
of the Nolan Clan aka Clan O Nolan

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  1. Greetings Roger,

    I stumbled across this website while searching my family ancestry. This is a great site and I hope to read all of your information. I have traced my roots back to Pierce Noland of Mayo Ireland, born 1654 in Mayo Ireland and died in 1754 in Stafford County Virginia. Somewhere in the early 1800s my family changed the spelling of the name to Nolen and most all of my family is from Fountain County, Indiana. Once again, I hope to enjoy your site and please pass along and interesting information. Thanks and stay safe.

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