I enjoyed your posting, great job!!
I had good luck researching my ancestry by contacting the IRISH ECHO in New
York. I wrote a letter with the details that I did know. I got a letter from
a man in Halifax, Nova Scotia who turns out to be a cousin of the same
Murphy line. His family stayed in Nova Scotia, while one of the sisters
emigrated with her husband, also Irish, to Portland.(my branch of the family.)
To anyone on the list who wants to know more about their Irish roots, I
would recommend writing to the IRISH ECHO in New York.
At 07:44 PM 12/15/96 -0500, you wrote:
>At 11:43 PM 12/15/96 UT, you wrote:
>>It always seems to me that the US citizens on this list aren't comfortable
>>with being American. They are desperately seeking an alternative "ethnicity"
>>and would be prefer to be "Scots" or "Irish" - often with less claim than I
>>have myself! It is sad (and a little worrying) that the people of a great
>>nation are so anxious to deny their nationality.
>Pardon me for interrupting (I was going to just lurk on this list, but
>thought I might offer a bit of explanation of the American interest in
>I'm not so sure that "the people of a great nation are so anxious to deny
>their nationality" On the contrary, I think we are proud to call ourselves
>American. However, it seems that in this great melting pot, there are a
>large number of us who find it next to impossible to trace our ancestory.
>There ARE many people who have obvious roots (hopefully this won't offend
>anyone due to racial categorization) -> people of Italian descent, African
>descent, Irish descent, Scottish, et cetera. But a large number of us
>feel left out. We don't know who our ancestors were. Records weren't kept
>properly, or were lost. So, we are stuck with a desire to find out who we
>are, but in many cases know that will be impossible to ever prove/disprove.
> How lucky you must be to actually know your heritage.
>True Americans are very happy with the fact that our nation consists of
>many races/religions, and a pride in acknowledgement of these various
>affiliations is actually a tribute to our American nationality.
>Anyway, hope I haven't offended anyone, just got a little hyped up after
>watching "Riverdance" on PBS. It's been on about 8 times in the last two
>weeks (it's pledge drive month, so they keep replaying the good shows!)
>Best Regards, Brett Willis (an American of unknown ancestory)
> Brett Willis <[log in to unmask]>
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