Greetings and Salutations:
I have been observing this group for the last couple weeks and
apologize for lurking in the shadows. But now I am unveiling
myself finally and would like to pick a few brains if I may! 8)
First of all, I am a great grand\daughter of Michael McGivern
(1810-1892) and Catherine Ford (1820-1903) who left Cty. Down
Ireland in 1845. Also, I am a great grand\daughter of Olivia
Knowles Collier and Francis Sams, also estimated to have come
from Ireland in the 1840's. I am interested in locating any
possible family members in Ireland, if possible, and would gladly
receive any advice as to how to obtain that information!
Second, I have been trying to learn more about my Irish roots.
I've recently read the following three books and wonder if
anyone has any other suggested reading material. I am also trying
to locate a good text for proper learning of Irish Gaelic! I was
brought up by my Grandmother Mary McGivern Russell, who tried to
teach me a couple phrases years ago, but I'm afraid to state that
I was a lousy student then...
1. MacManus, Seumas. "The Story of the Irish Race"
(Devin-Adair Co.:Connecticut)1921 reprint 1980. [Hist./Culture]
2. Koustrup, Soren. "The Dream of America:Ireland in Flight"
(Creative Education,Inc:Minnesota) 1982 [Emmigration]
3. Conway, D.J. "Llewellyn World Magic Series:Celtic Magic"
Llewellyn Publications - Minnesota) 1990 [Religion/Druidism]
I apologize that this list is so small, but it seems as though
non-british biased reports are difficult to get!? Any ideas?
The Russell side of the family is part scots and rumored part
Irish. I have not been able to verify either yet. Whatever,
I am one of those freckled, blue-eyed, auburn haired products
of Irish-Scots background! Watch what ye all say about red-heads
lads! [Ok, actually I'm a mutt as I've also got some German
and Swede. Oh well...that's what you get for being an American!] 8)
Thanks for listening to my ramblings! I can be reached at
my email address <[log in to unmask]> or via Celtic-l.
Take care y'all. Debbie Russell