(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 east Galway and south 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 east Galway and south Mayo to settle in the coastal city of Portland beginning in the 1840's (the Great Hunger years) right up through the early 1900s. It was usual to see siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and even generations of family follow the original immigrant. I often wonder if my ancestor, Richard Walsh, was assisted with immigration through a scheme, such as the one devised by Tuke. 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 Grealy were both born in County Galway, Ireland. They immigrated to the United States in the mid 19th century, settling down in Portland. In 1857, they joined hands in marriage at St. Dominic's Roman Catholic church, a church built by the city's Irish immigrants.
Mary Ann, eldest child of Michael & Bridget - first of the family born in the United States.
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