All posts by Roger Nowlan

NolanFamilies.org Update – Sept. 2019

In March 2017 I first announced that I would be retiring from my position as newsletter editor for the Nolan Clan (aka Clan O Nolan) and it was also around this time that the Clan began using social media (Clan O Nolan Facebook group) to communicate to interested parties up-to-date information about current and upcoming Clan activities such as the biannual clan gathering. In March 2019 the Clan made the jump to a new publication model that of the mobile-friendly eNewsletter (Clan O Nolan Email list), viewable on a myriad of electronic devices.

Despite my retirement as Nolan Clan newsletter editor, I want to reassure Nolan family researchers that I remain committed to researching early Nolan family history and archiving Nolan-related historical information, consistent with the Clan’s third goal, that is “to create and maintain, for current and future generations, an archive of historical and anecdotal information of interest to Nolans everywhere”.

To that end, since 2018, 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. Continue reading NolanFamilies.org Update – Sept. 2019

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 ” A Fresh Look at the Nolans – a People from most Ancient Times to the Present” and you can already view online the outline and draft of the new book . You can also Email me to provide comments or to offer assistance.

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Family Treetops – 2021

In order to complete the first seminal version of the new online Nolan history, I would need more family treetop stories in order for me or someone else to get a good understanding of early Nolan presence in all parts of the world where Nolans are found today.

Through this website and through my own effort I have collected early Nolan family treetop stories since 2004 and you can view the current collection of Nolan family treetop stories in the Archives section of the NolanFamilies.org website.

If you have researched your Nolan family tree to its earliest known beginnings or if you have a distant Nolan ancestor in your family tree I invite you to Submit your early Nolan family Story. If you are relatively new to genealogical research, I invite you to read/browse through the information accessed via the Popular Genealogy Links webpage.

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Archives – 2025

In 2017 when I retired from my position as Newsletter Editor for the Nolan Clan I redirected my energies towards the re-implementation of the NolanFamilies.org website using the more popular WordPress development platform thereby making the website more easily manageable and maintainable.

All parts of the 2004 legacy website have now been re-implemented except for the Archives section which currently provides a Family Stories database, a Nolan Memorials database and a few reference files of interest to Nolan researchers .

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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