2021 will mark roughly 100 years since the time when Fr. John Nolan began documenting his understanding of Nolan family history. This is essentially the understanding reflected in the Millenium Nolan book
“O Nolan – The History of a People” for which he is named as co-author.
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. a daunting challenge for sure but also, I believe, a rewarding one for anyone brave enough to take it on.
Besides marking the publication of the first comprehensive Nolan history book, the year 2000 also marked the beginning of a new era in family history research. Around that time, thanks to the widespread adoption of Internet technologies and the digitization of records on a world level, Nolan family historians everywhere gained ready access to many traditional historical records, books and documents which, until then, had been accessible to only a few. The end result has been a flurry of new discoveries which have significantly improved our understanding of Nolan family history and the spread of Nolan families around the globe. Discoveries from the new field of archaeogenetics have also contributed to a better understanding of Irish pseudo-history such as that reflected in books like the Lebhar Gabhala (Book of Invasions).
Having written and published several articles on Nolan family history over the course of the last 20 years (Nolan Clan Newsletter, Ballon-Rathoe Chronicle, Carloviana) I feel up to the challenge of writing an updated Nolan history book. In the new book I hope to:
- shed light on the ancient European origins of Nolan families
- provide an improved understanding of the origins of the many Nolan lines existing today
- provide an improved understanding of the forces and historical events which drove many Nolan families to immigrate
- document the story of many early Nolans who left Ireland and resettled in other parts of the world