This  is a personal not-for-profit grassroots website first created  in 2004  initially to provide information to the world on the burgeoning modern-day Nolan Clan family association founded in Ireland in 1995 but with a prime emphasis on 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” bringing together in one place easy-to-use information resources to help current and future generations of Nolans  gain a better understanding of their Nolan ancestry and also to help them break down long-standing genealogical down brick walls.

With the advent of social media, in 2017, communication to the world about Nolan clan activities and upcoming events, such as the biannual Clan Gatherings, moved over to the “Clan O’Nolan” Facebook Group.   However, general information about Nolan family ancestry and Nolan Clan activities can still be found at this website in the “Nolan Clan” information section of the website.

Moving forward, the vision for this website is to make it the #1 place on the Internet where Nolan descendants can find information on their Nolan ancestry or assistance/accompaniment in their family quests.

To that end, Nolan descendants from around the world are encouraged to:

To help facilitate Nolan family research and the breaking down of genealogical brick walls around the world, information submitted via the above forms (or by direct Email to me) is made available to other Nolan researchers via the website’s three primary knowledge bases, namely “Family Stories”, “Memorials” and “Research Notes” and a “References” section, accessed via the websites main menu.

For those wishing to be accompanied in their Nolan family research, a parallel website has also been created for discussing with other like-minded family researchers genealogical or historical topics of interest. This sister website entitled, “NolanFamilies” History and Brick Wall Discussion Group,  is a closed online discussion group open only to registered users. Unregistered users cannot view or submit postings but are able to make a request to join the group via the website’s main page (i.e. via the group link given above).

Roger Nowlan

(Contact Me)

Roger Nowlan
222 Ave. De La Colline
Gatineau, QC  J9J 1T8

More About Me

In 1997 I joined the Nolan Clan family organisation (aka Clan O Nolan) and began in earnest to research my own Nolan family ancestry and, over time, that interest grew to encompass all Nolan families wherever they may have settled.

Already as a young child I was fascinated by the stories passed down by my Nolan ancestors and wondered about my relatives left behind in Ireland those many years ago.

In 2004 I assumed the duties of Newsletter editor for the Nolan Clan family organisation and began publishing article after article on Nolan family history,  in an effort to gain an ever deeper understanding of Nolan family history.

In 2017, after divesting myself of the duties of Newsletter editor for the Nolan Clan, I began refocusing my energies towards the writing of an updated Nolan family history and revamping the original 2004 vintage website.

By March 2020, the information contained in databases at the old 2004 NolanFamilies.org website (only remnants now showing) had been ported over to a modern-day “Knowledge Bases” (Family Stories, Memorials and Research Notes) with a much-improved the user interface.

By 2025, barring delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I hope to have written an updated Nolan family history book and have set up a sustainable online work process for generating on an ongoing basis articles for this website’s knowledge bases such that, by then, I can consider divesting myself of my webmaster duties and leave the next generation to expand on the rich Nolan family history yet to be written.