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Delving Deeper — Early Emigrants to North America: Trials on Departure

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In 1830, my earliest Irish ancestors arrived Bytown, Upper Canada, now known as Ottawa, Ontario. I’ve often wondered what the experience must have been like, leaving a known country for one entirely unknown. Continue reading “Delving Deeper — Early Emigrants to North America: Trials on Departure”

Irish Methodist Ties to Bermuda’s History

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In mid March, I found myself wandering along the cobblestone streets of  historic Bermudian village of St. George’s. When my husband had suggested weeks earlier that we visit Bermuda, I endorsed the idea with zeal.  Admittedly, I knew little about the country except for the association with blue sky, warm temperatures and a salty ocean breeze.  I was completely unaware of Bermuda’s Irish connection. Continue reading “Irish Methodist Ties to Bermuda’s History”

Malaria Devastated Bytown’s Irish

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When Irish immigrants stepped off the end of the gangway in the mid 1820’s and onto Bytown’s Upper Canada soil, they were undoubtedly relieved that their harrowing journey was over. Left behind was the menace of tyranny. Before them lay the possibility of land ownership and hopes for a prosperous future. Continue reading “Malaria Devastated Bytown’s Irish”

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