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Burke-Greely Family
Ireland to America

Baxter Boulevard, Portland, Maine USA
(A view of the Portland skyline via Baxter Boulevard, summer 2005. The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception steeple in center view.)

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Family Current Research Portland Irish History St. Dominic's RC Church

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 about providing a detailed genealogy. Rather, this site serves as a place to share information with the hope of connecting with other researchers of who would like to collaborate . There were many immigrants of these surnames that left Ireland and settled in the city area beginning in the 1840's (the Great Hunger years) right up through the early 1900s. It is typical to find siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and even later generations of family follow the original immigrant. For example, once I found a passenger record for a man immigrating a half century after his aunt. Sometimes people had their passage paid by landlords, immigration schemes, such as the Tuke fund, or an aid society. By investigating source records on this side of the Atlantic, I hope to sort out some of the family relationships and discover more about their origins in the Old Country.

Michael Burke and Bridget Grealy were both born in 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 church, which was built by Irish immigrants.

Michael was employed with the Grand Trunk Railroad and the Portland Company on Fore Street. In 1860, he purchased a 2-family house on Adams Street from his employer. The duplex remained in the family for over a century.

Bridget Burke
Bridget's signature

Mary Ann, eldest child of Michael & Bridget - first of the family born in the United States.

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