The backbone of this history is on a comment of my father’s many years
ago. He was speaking about some cousins of his own father’s who had left
Ireland in the 1870s and 80s “and they were never heard from again”. It
stuck in my mind as a child, and became a bigger question as I got older.
How could three grown men just disappear like that and no one know what
happened to them?
It would be many years before I understood the dynamics of the time
- difficulties with travel, communication, literacy, lifespan, and the kind of
daily struggle immigrants had to contend with in a new country. My curiosity
would not be appeased, however, and as Fate would have it, elements
in my life allowed me to discover not only what happened to the three
cousins, but to many other branches of our enormous extended family
as well. Since my own immediate family had also emigrated to North
America (and I knew what happened to them), I wondered if any of the
others were nearby.
Join me on my journey. Meet some of those long-lost cousins and discover
their stories. Perhaps you will find some of your own ‘lost ones’