13 Aug 2004 e-mail from Thomas F. Hourihan of Newington, New Hampshire to Larry Sullivan
Good morning Larry,
Glad the package arrived. John F. Hourihan from Dublin, Ireland, found me several years ago after doing a little digging around on the web. He, like us, wanted to know more about his roots and wanted to know where in America some of his ancestors had landed. John is a retired merchant mariner and used much of his spare time collecting the civil record of the Hourihan clan from the start of mandatory civil registration (1864) to the arbitrary year of 1913. Possessed with the record up to 1913 would enable most Hourihans to find their link to the past.
Unfortunately, John had a severe stroke last summer and has been unable to continue to take on the onerous task of pouring over miles of microfilm containing the parish records. That job will probably take another Hourihan's initiative. But it must be noted that the research that John has given the clan is remarkable and we are all in his debt. John came to visit me two years ago and asked me this question while we were strolling down Old Post Road here in Newington, "what should we do with the research?" After some thought, I said, "we should make it available on the internet." That conversation has now come to life two years later and can now help those searching for their roots.
Thomas F. Hourihan