Category Archives: Projects

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 outline and draft of the new book . You can also Email me to provide comments 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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Knowledge Base – 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 NolanFamilies.org 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.

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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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1916 Easter Rising

Simultaneous with the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland were several
other world events that still reverberate today: World War 1, the Russian revolution, the breakup of the Ottoman Empire, etc.

This traumatic era split families and friends, allegiances. Nolans were no exception with members on all sides of the questions.

The Nolan Clan reaches out to the worldwide Nolan diaspora and asks anyone reading this Blog posting and having information about a Nolan family member during the troubled 1916 time period to submit it for inclusion in the Clan’s historical archives.

Many Nolan families have connections to events related to the Rising. We hope to hear from Nolans at home in Ireland or wherever else the winds have taken us.

Many thanks to David and Orla Nowlan of Dublin for suggesting this project and for the fascinating story of David’s great, great uncle James Nowlan, first president of the Gaelic Athletic Association which played a significant role in the events leading up to the 1916 Easter Rising.

You may add to the collection of 1916 era anecdotes by sending any information you might have directly to myself (Chris Nolan ).

Chris Nolan, Nolan Clan Chief (March 2016)