(A view of the Portland skyline via Baxter Boulevard, summer 2005. The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception steeple in near center view.)
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I'm researching my family's direct maternal line, which includes Burke, Greely/Grealy, Cunningham, Riley/Reily, Welch/Walsh, Stanton, etc. and allied families from Galway and Mayo, Ireland to Portland, Maine, USA.
The purpose of this site is not necessarily about providing a genealogy, but, rather, to share information in hopes of collaborating with others who also research one or more of these Portland Irish families. There were many immigrants of these surnames that departed Galway and Mayo to settle in the coastal city of Portland beginning in the 1840's (famine years) right up through the early 1900s. Often, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and generations of family followed, in what is called 'chain migrations.' I'd like to find out if one of my ancestors, Richard Walsh, aka Welch, was assisted with immigration through a scheme, such as the one James Hack Tuke helped fund. By investigating and extracting pertinent information from source records on this side of the Atlantic ocean, I'm hopeful to connect these families together and discover more about their origins in the Old Country.
Michael Burke and Bridget Greely were both born in County Galway, Ireland. They immigrated to the United States in the mid 19th century and settled down in Portland, Maine. In 1857, they joined hands in marriage at St. Dominic's Roman Catholic church, a church built by Irish immigrants. They had ten children.
Mary Ann Burke, eldest child of Michael & Bridget - first of the family born in the United States.
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