With so many portals of communication for genealogy, it should not surprise me that I overlooked a key piece of communication. Between message boards on Ancestry.com and a few other genealogy sites, member messages within Ancestry.com, email, blog comments, and other paper documents, I missed it!
I read the following message when it appeared mid-June and got distracted. It was an internal message over Ancestry.com.
hello my name is [J.A.R]. Mary O'Brien is my 2x great grand mother. She Married John Courtney In 1855 later they moved to NZ were the Daughter married my great grandfather
How in the world could I forget about this message? The specifics in the short paragraph are almost enough to make me cry with elation. That is "them" and it tells me where they were in New Zealand.
I guess I need to explain this so that I remember this for my future research and in trying to connect to my O'Brien distant relatives in the "land down under". Mary O'Brien was Kate Flanagan's sister. Bridget was their other sister. I have also received contact from Bridget's descendants along with a brother, Cornelius. The following is my June post about Cornelius, Bridget, and a J. P. O'Brien.
Cornelius, Bridget, and J. P. O'Brien
Now, I have Mary O'Brien. Are all of these people truly Kate's siblings? Are they the children of Edmund O'Brien and Ann Gleeson of County Clare, Ireland near the border of County Limerick near Castlconnell in origin? It sure is looking like it.
The O'Brien's left Ireland for Australia in 1854. We know based on letters that they ended up in New Zealand at some point there after. It also appears that Edmund and Ann went back to Australia. We think.
How do I tie all of this together and fill in some of the blanks for the O'Brien's?
To be continued...............