finding your roots

Newmarket, Co. Cork, Ireland

Cathleen Lemke-Wallace August 19, 2013

My grandfather, Michael Philip Jeremiah Barry, born in 1886, was the fourth child of five children of Philip Jeremiah Barry and Mary Ahern Barry. They lived in the townland of Toureendarby, of Newmarket, Co. Cork, Ireland. All the children except the eldest son, Jeremiah, immigrated from Ireland to the USA. My grandfather immigrated in 1904 through Ellis Island. His sister, Nora, and brother, Jeremiah, immigrated together in 1907 through Ellis Island. I was able to find their immigration records through the Ellis Island website. In 1907, my grandfather moved on to Lakeview, Oregon where several relatives and acquaintances from Newmarket had settled, and established a sheep ranch. In 1915 he married Hanora Eileene O’Shea, a first generation Irish American born in Preble, New York. Together they had 12 children. My mother, Catharine, was the 2nd oldest. In 1999 and 2008 I visited Jeremiah’s granddaughters, my 2nd cousins, Patsy Doherty O’Leary and Mamie Doherty O’Keefe in Newmarket. In August 2009, I received my Irish citizenship (now have dual citizenship) through my grandfather, as two of my sisters had done a year earlier. In 2003 I published a genealogy book about my grandfather’s family, going back more than 200 years, with the help of my Irish cousins and several other relatives. Since then, through ancestry.com, I have been able to add many more extended family members.

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The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the new 10-part PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the 12th series from Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Filmed on location across the United States, the series premieres nationally Sundays, March 25 – May 20 at 8 pm ET on PBS (check local listings).

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