5 thoughts on “DOLAN

  1. Hi Christine,
    My maiden name is Dolan, but I believe my Dolan line came originally from Dublin. Do you have any research on your Dolan line prior to Thomas Francis Dolan, in Ireland? Also of note, my Dolan line contains Fahey relatives. And my mother’s maiden name is Hurney, and that line also contains Fahey names.

    Rachel

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    • Hi Rachel & thanks for your query.
      The bit of information I have on late 19th century immigrants Thomas Francis Dolan (1863-1943) and his wife Bridget Ann Dolan (1868-1962) before they married and raised their family in Boston puts them in Roscommon (around Athlone) — not Dublin, I’m afraid.

      My Hurney & Fahey relations came from County Galway (as did the Roanes) in the 1850s. If your mother’s family came from Galway and you wish to exchange more information, you can reach me privately –> genealogy @ cool-universe dot com

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  2. Hi Jack,
    Your DOLANS arrived about a decade before my DOLANS and none of the names are matches with my data, – so sorry there. I assume you believe John DOLAN is from Ireland, but do you know this, or assume so because he married a Maguire? Anyway, with a name like John Dolan, you are going to need solid, detailed data for him and his known associates to be able to pick him out from every other John Dolan.

    Look to USA records for clues. I assume you haven’t found John or Dorinda after 1880, but it’s likely one of them and / or their children (Rose and Patrick) are waiting to be found. – Don’t forget to track their known relatives / associates – MAGUIRE and McGILLIN. Immigrant families do tend to stick together.
    -Census substitutes, like city directories, may help you track them. John’s occupation, if other than ‘laborer,’ might prove helpful also (trade association records).

    -Newspapers might mention them, too. Did their neighborhood have a local weekly? Contact the local library to see if they have saved any from the period. And, of course, Boston Public Library — could be of enormous help to you.

    -Do you know what church / parish they attended? I’ll assume they were Roman Catholic, you can write the Boston Archdiocese for records, but you need to supply as much detail as possible. They will expect compensation ($) and since archival research is NOT a church priority, so you may have to wait months and months to hear whether anything was found.

    – If they disappeared after 1880 — they may have moved from Boston or outside Massachusetts, so cast the net wider, – and remember to check on the MAGUIRE and McGILLIN families, if they are gone, too, they may have gone to the same place.

    – Did John or Dorinda / Dora / Dolly the other die before 1900? Death records might provide clues. If you find family burials, gravestones of Irish immigrants often give the county origin. –Either may have remarried, so check for marriage records.

    – Was John naturalized? Naturalization records might tell you exactly where John was born, or not. You may learn John’s age and date of arrival at least. Usually you’ll find names of two witnesses who swear to have known the new citizen for five years, – who can help you expand your research net.

    -Reach out to older relatives and cousins. Introduce yourself, if necessary, and tell them about your roots search. They will likely be happy to hear from you. Ask them for family lore and if they don’t know, ask them who might, -and keep asking questions. You never know what odd bit might lead to demolishing your brick-wall.- It can be a long slog, –but I believe it’s a worthwhile legacy to leave the coming generations.

    It is important to remember that not all records are online, and that making onsite visits to libraries and records repositories is the only way you may an ancestor (and you still may not). Search the web and keep your eye out for new databases that come online. Read tutorials Ancestry provides and remember FamilySearch.org also has wonderful learning resources (and free records). Posting periodically to a DOLAN surname list gets you out there, so someday, somewhere, someone may recognize your family. –Lastly, you can always hire a professional genealogist who specializes in types of cases and/or local resources.

    I hope something here may be of help, & I wish you the very best luck in your Dolan research!
    Christine

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    • Hello Donna, Happy April, and and thanks for stopping by!
      Click the “Dolan” tab and I’ve uploaded a .pdf Descendant Chart for my Dolans, – and let me know if you recognize relatives.

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