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.

The target completion year for the baseline online version of the new Nolan family history book is 2021 which marks approximately 100 years since Fr Nolan’s manuscripts were written and also the 25th year of existence of the modern-day Nolan Clan aka Clan O Nolan.

Besides marking the publication of the first Nolan book, the year 2000 also saw an acceleration in the adoption of Internet technologies and the digitization of records on a world level. Nolan family historians everywhere now began to access many traditional historical records, books and documents which, until then, had been largely inaccessible. This naturally resulted to a flurry of new discoveries which have significantly improved our understanding of Nolan family history and now, some 20 years onward, the time has come to document for posterity this improved understanding in a new Nolan family history book.

Over the course of the last 20 years, having written and published several articles on Nolan family history (Nolan Clan Newsletter, Ballon-Rathoe Chronicle, Carloviana) and collected many early Nolan family stories from around the world (see Family Stories in Archives), I feel up to the challenge of writing an up-to-date Nolan family history book. It is certainly a daunting task but I feel that it is feasible if we are of one one heart and work together (Cor unum, via una).

In the new book I hope to:

  • shed light on the ancient origins of all known Nolan families (O Nuallain, O hUllachain, Nolan,Nowland, Noland, Nolins,  Knollin, Naulin,  …)
  • provide an improved understanding of the forces and historical events which drove many Nolan families to immigrate
  • 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

Roger Nowlan, Webmaster
and long-time Nolan Clan Member

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