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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 the introductory information accessed via the “Family Treetops > Research Links” webpage.

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Headstone of John Nolan

In the Courtyard of the Abbey of St. Francis in Galway City Center is a tomsbstone whose inscription reads as follows:

“Lord Have Mercy on the Soul of John Nolan
who died August 26th 1793 Aged Sixty Years”.

From which Nolan line this John belongs is yet to be determined. The picture appearing below was taken September 26, 2015 by Jim Nolan.

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Nowlan of Brooklyn

In 2012, as part of a project entitled Uncovering the Secrets of Brooklyn’s 19th Century Past: Creation to Consolidation, the Brooklyn Historical Society indexed close to a linear foot of material (papers, postcards, photographs and slides) which had been collected by a local resident named Donald L. Nowlan. Here is a link to the online index for the Donald L. Nowlan archived material.

As part of its effort to document the Nolan diaspora spread around the world the Nolan Clan family organization would be interested in contacting this family.

Quoting from the Brooklyn Historical Society’s website content created circa 2012, “Donald L. Nowlan (b. circa 1921) is a Brooklyn resident who attended Brooklyn schools from elementary school through university. Nowlan went to Saint Saviour Elementary School located in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn. He graduated high school in 1939 from Manual Training High School (now the Secondary School for Law, Journalism and Research) also in Park Slope. Following his high school graduation, Nowlan served in the 12th Armored Division, 56th Armored Infantry Battalion, Company HQ during World War II. Known as the Hellcats, the 12th Armored Division helped to liberate 10 satellite camps of the Dachau concentration camp that was located in Germany. Following his military service, Nowlan attended Brooklyn College, located in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn. He graduated in 1948 with a BA in Romance Languages. Nowlan grew up in Park Slope and lived at 470 3rd Street.”

If you do have further information on this family you are invited to contact the Nolan Clan family organization.

In particular, you may contact Chris Nolan, a clan member who lives in the New York/Brooklyn area.

Connaught – O’Nolan Origins

Attached are a few references which, in my opinion, are relevant to our discussion on the “early origins of the O’Nolans of Connaught”.

In essence, the attached references suggest that O’Nolans (O hUllachains) from counties Offaly or Limerick followed the Anglo-Normans into Connaught beginning in the early 1200s:

  • as part of Irish forces allied with the O’Briens of Thomond/Clare (who had intermarried with the de Burghs) when O’Flaherty’s castle was taken over in 1228 by Richard de Burgh, Earl of Ulster
  • as tenants to Anglo-Norman lords granted lands in Connaught by the de Burghs, starting in 1238, after their victory in 1237
  • as tradesmen/craftspeople supplying services to the Anglo-Normans of Connaught (e.g. carpenters, metalworkers, etc.).

This is a first post in a series of Posts solliciting feedback/comments
on how to best interpret the information contained in available sources:

Thank You,
Roger

Connaught – Michael O’Nolan of Loughboy

I have been researching my Nolan family ancestry for about fifteen years and have found a direct lineage back to Thomas Nolan C1560-1628 of Ballinrobe.

James Hardiman in his History of Galway refers to a Michael O’Nolan who rebuilt a family tomb of his Kilkenny ancestors in 1473. To date I have found little other information about Michael O’Nolan and am wondering if other Clan members can assist me in my research, which is being done for an article in the Newsletter..

Thanks Wayne Nolan

Nolan Family of Connaught

I am researching the Nolan Family from the Old Province of Connaught particularly those from Counties Galway and Mayo. This family established at least three descendant lines from Thomas Nolan C1560-1628 to the current day. These lines are the Ballybanagher line, the Ballinderry line and the Logboy line.

At this point it appears that I am the only known descendant who has taken the FTDNA Y-DNA tests under “The Nolan DNA Project”.

It would help our research if there are any Nolan male members who believe they are a descendant from either of the three lines from Thomas Nolan, could take a test, even a Y-37 at this stage would help clarify some of the research recently undertaken.

Thanks Wayne Nolan