Early Family Stories – 2023

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 2026, 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 accessible via the Family Research links page.

Hopefully, you will be able to identify the area of origin of your ancestor in Ireland through civic and church records in your ancestor’s adopted homeland or get some indication of your family’s Nolan roots from family lore i.e. stories handed down from generation to generation.

After familiarizing yourself with the rudiments of genealogical research and before launching into serious family research, I would then recommend that you familiarize yourself with Irish history and Irish Geography (see history and geography sections of Research in Ireland links page ).  This will enable you to better understand and interpret whatever information you uncover in your search for your Nolan ancestry in Ireland.

In the absence of direct proof linking your Nolan family back to a particular area in Ireland, at least two other avenues of research present themselves:

  • expanded genealogical research where the family trees of known cousins and distant cousins are included in the hope that somewhere in all the documentary evidence for the extended family some indication of the family’s origins in Ireland may be found
  • identification of yet unknown relatives, distant and near, through DNA testing, leading to new avenues of research and, hopefully, new information which leads to a better understanding of the family’s origins in Ireland

In the absence of a clear indication of your family’s origins in Ireland the family researcher may still get some idea of the likely area of origin of his/her ancestor by further exploring the information accessible via the Research in Ireland links page. For Nolans the areas which show up most often in family research are Counties Carlow and Galway, surrounding counties and major urban centres.

Having exhausted all sources of information at your disposal you may also want to consider travel to Ireland to get a better feel for your Irish heritage and, in the process, possibly uncover new sources of information (e.g. local cemeteries) which help you in your research (see travel section of Research in Ireland links page ).

If you have already done as much research as you care to do into your Nolan family ancestry I invite you to Submit your Story about your early Nolan family ancestry (i.e. about the first two generations at the top of your Nolan family tree) so that current and future generations of Nolan descendants may benefit from it. To help with the writing of your story submission I suggest that you look at the examples of earlier submissions in the Family Stories knowledge base section of this website. For your benefit and that of your extended Nolan family I would also advise you to limit yourself to relating details of your Nolan family history to the time before 1920.

Roger Nowlan

webmaster and long-time member
of the Nolan Clan aka Clan O Nolan     
(Email Me )

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