Welcome to Patrick O’Neill’s family history website, which has been under active development since 6 April 2016. This website presents four decades of genealogical research into families that emigrated from Ireland in the late 19th century, mostly to New Zealand or North America. As at the official launch date of 24 December 2016, the website includes 1408 individuals, and 1791 documents and photos.
The four main families presented here are:
- the O’Neills of Ballymacpeake and Eden townlands [Google Maps], Co. Derry, near Portglenone, Co. Antrim;
- the Doughertys and Kearneys/Carneys, of Ardiganny and Fycorrenagh townlands [Google Maps], near Letterkenny, Co. Donegal;
- the O’Connors of Ballyguiltenane townland [Google Maps], near Glin, Co. Limerick; and
- the Nicholls of Gillistown and Taylorstown townlands [Google Maps], near Ballymena, Co. Antrim—the main Protestant group on this website.
Further overview of each of these families is presented through the main menu, or you can go straight to the Genealogy database to explore.
The main reason why I have chosen Darrin Lythgoe’s The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding software to build this website is so that I could share the documentation and photos that I have gathered over the years. For most facts, you should find a supporting document attached, except for a few privately published family trees that show information about living persons, and some purchased material. And if there is no documentation, that means I haven’t scanned it yet!
All the information presented here should be about dead people: please let me know if you come across anything that you think should not be here.
This website covers only my own side of the family; my wife’s family is covered by Barry Jaques’s work at http://trees.ancestry.com.au/tree/6746307/family [login required].