Even before ‘Who do you think you are?’ launched on our screens I was really interested in my Family Tree. It comes from my Dad, he is the unofficial historian of our family. We have documentation that goes all the way back to the 1800’s and I know that one of my oldest known relatives was called Winnifred. [ I am very glad that that family name has since been retired!] Like most O’Reilly’s we originally hailed from Co. Cavan where Winnifred lived. She, with many of her family, did not survive the famine.
My Family Tree has sprouted!
We also know that my family has [ a very, very, very, long time ago ] Spanish connections or origins and that there is a whole brood of us living in South America, who, interestingly did make the trip to Ireland in the 1960’s only to be given the boot by my Grandmother. Thanks, Granny! We’ve tried in vain to find them, but unfortunately, she kept nothing, and is herself, long since dead.
We know a little less of my mother’s family, but they most likely originated from England and settled in Co. Clare.
Today my family live all over the world. Which makes for great and cheap holidays and thankfully there are so many of us that you’re never alone.
Head of the O’Reilly Clan
If you know your Irish History, you’ll know that Ireland was ruled and governed by Clans and Kings. This practice has long since been forgotten by the Clans are still alive and well and meet regularly. In a fun twist of fate my Father is the head of the O’Reilly Clan in Ireland and my brother, is champing at the bit to succeed him.
What do you know about your extended family? Would you even know where to start?
Well, I may just be able to help you out with that… Elliot from Craig Manor has shared this really useful Infographic with me on how to research your family tree and I think it would make for a great summer project for people!
What do you know about your family tree?
What strange or fun things to do you know about your family tree? Did you find any skeletons in the closet?
Feel free to share in the comments below 🙂
by Craig Manor.