Helping with the Website

If you are interested in helping out with building and improving the archive of Nolan-related information found at this website I invite you to

or to communicate directly with me by Email or by regular mail (see below). As an incentive to help, those who volunteer to help will be provided with access to a “Gold Mine” of information (a private online repository/knowledge base of information) ready to be “mined” for Nolan-related information to be published as articles in the websites three public knowledge bases, namely Family Stories, Nolan Memorials and Research Notes.

A read through my write-up on current website initiatives ( i.e. Archives 2025, Nolan Book 2021 and Family Treetops 2021 ) should give you some idea of where you might be able to help out.

Although the main role played by this website is archival in nature, the website also serves as a landing spot on the Internet for the Nolan Clan family association founded in 1995. At this point, however, only basic information about the Clan and its activities is provided here (e.g. membership application, etc.).

Roger Nowlan

(Contact Me)

Roger Nowlan
222 Ave. De La Colline
Gatineau, QC  J9J 1T8
CANADA Update – March 2020

In the last  News Brief  I stressed the fact that the prime aim of the  website was to implement a world-class repository of Nolan-related historical information and formulated three major initiatives (Archives 2025, Nolan Book 2021 and Family Treetops 2021) to move us closer to that final objective.

In what follows I report on my recent progress in attaining this objective and hope that, after reading the update,  you will consider joining me and others in turning this non-profit website into a world-class repository of Nolan-related information which will endure for generations to come.

With St Patrick’s day now upon us I also leave you with all good wishes in celebrating your Irish heritage on that special day.

May the day bring
good luck to your home
and great joy to your heart.  


Roger Nowlan(Email Me )

webmaster and long-time member
of the Nolan Clan aka Clan O Nolan

Archives 2025 – the implemention  by 2025  of a non-profit knowledge base capable of  supporting the needs of Nolan family researchers for years to come

Since the last News Brief I have made great strides in converting the old 2004 vintage into an easily manageable and maintainable WordPress-based website and porting the information at the old website to the new one.  This effort is now complete and I invite you to peruse the new website and to provide comments as appropriate.

The main divisions of the website are now:

  • an About Page
  • a News Briefs section
  • an Online Forums+ webpage
  • a Nolan Clan webpage
  • a set of Nolan History webpages
  • a Family Treetops knowledge base
  • a Memorials knowledge base
  • a new Anecdotes knowledge base

With the technology infrastructure now in place I am now  shifting my focus to populating the Archive and ensuring its survival after 2025 when I hope to divest myself of my duties as webmaster.

To facilitate this transition I have just set up a fourth knowledge base (KB) at the website, what I call the “Gold Mine”, where volunteers will soon be able to get involved in the collection of information, the extraction of “nuggets” from collected information, the generation of KB articles and management of the website. If this interests you I invite you to Submit your Offer of Asssistance.

Nolan Book 2021 – the completion by 2021 of the seminal online version of a Nolan family history book intended to be a “living book” refined and expanded upon by current and future generations

The main focus of the past six months has been the setting up of an infrastructure necessary to support the storage and retrieval of Nolan-related information for generations to come i.e. the “Archives 2025” infrastructure as outlined in the first part of this News Brief.   Nonetheless, some progress was made  on the implementing the new online history book.

A  tentative cover page for the new book has been designed

and a draft version of the new Nolan family history book is now online.

I am also in the process of rethinking how the history of the last 400 years will be presented in the book.  Through examples taken from known early family stories (i.e. the end-result of the Family Treetops 2021 initiative, discussed in the next part of the News Brief) I intend to identify and document the major undercurrents which underpinned the lives of Nolans over the past  400 years, such as being  part of the landed gentry or not, being a royalist or not, being a Catholic, a crypto-Catholic, a Protestant, a Quaker or other, etc.

Family Treetops 2021 – the collection of early Nolan family stories in sufficient number to be able to identify the major  undercurrents which underpinned the lives of Nolans over the past  400 years

I already have collected quite a few early Nolan family stories (see Family Treetops) which give a good picture of Nolan family history over the last four centuries in Ireland, the United Kingdom and North America but I cannot say the same for certain parts of the world such as Continental Europe, Africa, India, the Far East, etc.  The early stories for Nolan families who settled in such places are certainly different than most  and should be reflected in some form or other in the new  history book.

If you or someone else know of any Nolan family which falls into this special category I would appreciate hearing from you or them.  A personal Email to myself or an online submission of an early Nolan family story would be great.

On another front, I also recognize that most early Nolan family stories still have brick walls and that seeking to overcome these  is what sheds the most light on the forces and events which shaped the lives of our forefathers, thereby increasing our understanding of early Nolan family history.

For that reason, I now have set up a “NolanFamilies”  Email-based discussion group at the Groups.Io website where, relying upon group synergy, we can hopefully surmount at least a few long-standing brick walls and review the interpretation of key early Nolan family records and texts. Update – SEPT. 2019

In March 2017 I first announced that I would be retiring from my position as newsletter editor for the Nolan Clan (aka Clan O Nolan) and it was also around this time that the Clan began using social media (Clan O Nolan Facebook group) to communicate to interested parties up-to-date information about current and upcoming Clan activities such as the biannual clan gathering. In March 2019 the Clan made the jump to a new publication model that of the mobile-friendly eNewsletter (Clan O Nolan Email list), viewable on a myriad of electronic devices.

Despite my retirement as Nolan Clan newsletter editor, I want to reassure Nolan family researchers that I remain committed to researching early Nolan family history and archiving Nolan-related historical information, consistent with the Clan’s third goal, that is “to create and maintain, for current and future generations, an archive of historical and anecdotal information of interest to Nolans everywhere”.

To that end, since 2018, I have been focusing my attention on enhancing the archival and research capabilities of the website wanting to transform it into a world-class information repository (knowledge base).

Continue reading Update – SEPT. 2019

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 online draft of the new book at this website (“history” selection in main menu). You can also Email me to provide feedback or to offer assistance.

Continue reading Nolan Book – 2021

Nollaig Shona Duit – Merry Christmas – 2017

Dear friends of the Nolan Clan,

This year has been a busy year for our clan culminating in a successful Gathering in Carlow of many Nolans from within Ireland and abroad. We would like to thank those who contributed to the Gathering’s success and look forward to many more of you joining us at our next Gathering in 2019.

On behalf of myself, as the new Chief of the Clan, and all of the Clan Committee Members, I would like to wish all Nolan’s, Nowlan’s etc throughout the world a very Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year.

Catherina (Nolan) O’Brien
Clan Chief


An update on plans for the 2019 Gathering will be provided in the next Clan Newsletter (March 2018)

2000 Nolan Book – available

For anyone interested in obtaining a copy of the first Nolan book I am happy to report that Print-On-Demand copies of the first Nolan Book entitled “O Nolan – the History of a People”  by Art Kavavanagh and Fr John Nolan  are available via  Just enter “”O Nolan – the History of a People” in the search field.

Roger Nowlan,
Nolan Clan Newsletter Editor
& Webmaster

Emmy Award for Katie – May 2016

At the most recent Sports Emmy Awards ceremony (May 10, 2016), Katie Nolan won a sports Emmy Award in the Outstanding Social TV Experience category for her digital TV show entitled “Garbage Time with Katie Nolan” appearing on the Foxsports network (FS1/ ).

The following YouTube video clip shows Katie accepting her award:

To catch a glimpse of Katie in action during one of her shows check out the following video clip:

exploring the history and origins of the worldwide Nolan diaspora