Click here to view this Email in your browser Update - Sept. 2019

You are receiving this Email,  as someone on the Email list for the Nolan Clan (Clan O Nolan) Newsletter as of March 2017 when I  retired as newsletter editor for the Clan.

Since that time the  Clan has shifted to using social media (Clan O Nolan Facebook group) and a new mobile-friendly eNewsletter (Clan O Nolan Email list) to communicate up-to-date information about current and upcoming  Clan activities such as the biannual gathering.

However, the website remains the focal point for research into early Nolan family history and the archiving of Nolan-related historical information.  To that end, since retiring as newsletter editor for the Clan, I have been focusing my attention on enhancing the archival and research capabilities of the website wanting to transform it into a world-class information repository in persuance 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".

I have already restructured the old 2004 legacy website to reflect the new emphasis on family research and archiving, and invite you to peruse it  at your leisure. Much work is still required to transform the website into a world-class Nolan information repository and, to that end, I have formulated three major initiatives which will hopefully bring us closer to that ultimate goal. These are:

  • Archives – 2025 i.e. the implemention by 2025 of an  infrastructure capable of supporting the easy online storage and retrieval of early Nolan family stories, historical anecdotes, genealogies, memorials, major reference texts, etc., using all information submissions received by 2025 plus that currently contained in the Archives section of the website
  • Nolan Book - 2021 i.e. the completion by 2021 of the seminal online version of a Nolan family history book intended to be refined and expanded upon by current and future generations
  • Family Trees – 2021 i.e. the collection by 2021 of a sufficient number of early Nolan family treetop stories from around the world to be able to write a representative history of Nolans in each area of the world

In this and future issues of this new newsletter, the " News Brief", I plan to report on the progress being made on the above-stated goals/initiatives.  Please note that this  new newsletter  is not a replacement for the existing Clan O Nolan (aka Nolan Clan) Newsletter but rather a special newsletter which seeks to summon forth the energies of the wider Nolan diaspora/community in the building of a dedicated Nolan-related archival/research facility accessible online.

If you are not interested  in receiving further issues of this new newsletter simply click on the unsubscribe link appearing at the end of this Email. Please note that unsubscribing from this newsletter will not affect your existing subscription in the  Clan O Nolan Newsletter(if such is the case).


Archives - 2025

In 2017 when I retired from my position as Newsletter Editor for the Nolan Clan I began redirecting my energies towards re-implementing the website using more-easily maintainable Wordpress building blocks (i.e. Wordpress baseline code, plugins, pages, post, etc.) thereby making it more easily manageable and maintainable.

As of January 2020, the re-implementation is proceeding well. The old pre-2020 Family Stories database in the original website has now been ported over to a Wordpress-based Family Stories Knowledge Base. It is however recognized that there are many more early family stories still to be gleaned from currently available online sources and I invite all Nolan family researchers to SUBMIT their own early family story or to provide additional details for their early family story already in this website's Family Stories Knowledge Base.

Work will now soon begin on transfering the contents of the old Nolan Memorial database , again to a Wordpress-based Knowledge Base. Similarly if you have information on Nolan family memorials (tombstone inscriptions,/pictures) I invite you to SUBMIT their own family memorials information.

he old soon begin present expand on their through add wvewlopment have now been re-implemented except for the Archives section which currently provides a Family Stories database, a

As a retired senior with multiple commitments and obligations I will be slowly improving the Archives section until 2025 or thereabouts when I hope to transfer management of the website to a new webmaster.

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Nolan Book - 2021

2021 will mark roughly 100 years since the time when Fr. John Nolan of Kirkcubbin began documenting in manuscript form his understanding of Nolan family history. This is essentially the understanding reflected in the Nolan book “O Nolan – The History of a People” published in the Millenium year.

Recognizing the value of Fr. Nolan’s contribution in the 1920s and the need for a repeat of such an effort today, I am challenging myself to document for future generations the current - 2020s - understanding of Nolan family history in a freely-accessible online Nolan family history book.

A tentative title for the new book is " The Nolans, a People from most Ancient Times to the Present" and you can already view online the online draft of the new book at this website ("history" selection in main menu). You can also Email me to provide feedback or to offer assistance.

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Early Family Stories - 2021

Since 2004, with the aid of this website and through my own effort, I have been collecting and sharing early Nolan family stories with the world. As of January 2020 these early Nolan family stories are now available in a new Early Family Stories Knowledge Base with an easy-to-use keyword search frontend. However, the number of stories in this knowledge base is far from complete and, to aid in my efforts to complete the writing a new Nolan history book by the end of 2021, I am inviting people from all around the world to submit whatever information they have about the first two generations of Nolans in their family tree.

If you have researched this Nolan-related part of your family tree to its earliest known beginnings I invite you to Submit your early Nolan family Story (about first two generations). 

If you are relatively new to genealogical research, I invite you to read/browse through the information available via the Genealogy How-To & Services and Genealogy in Ireland links pages.

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