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06-01-2019, 16:34   #1
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It's a long way from here to there

Just thinking about how many connections I've made since I started researching. I've found cousins in far flung parts of the world and it got me thinking. My tree may have spread far and wide but I'm really not that geographically far from the furthest back person in my tree. I'm in Dublin and the furthest person back is my GGG Grandfather who I tracked to Castletownbere in early 1800s.

Just a bit of fun - how far are you now living from where you found your oldest ancestor living ?
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I live in Dublin and oldest forebear on my mother's Irish lines are Hazelhatch 1760, Lusk 1761. These both ended up in England 1842 and 1825 but my English father came here for work 1947 and so I am back here.
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I live in Dublin and oldest forebear on my mother's Irish lines are Hazelhatch 1760, Lusk 1761. These both ended up in England 1842 and 1825 but my English father came here for work 1947 and so I am back here.
A bit similar, my dad's paternal family lived (live) in rural Limerick, his great great granddad was living in liscannor in the 1890s or so before that,
My dad grew up in England and came to Cork in the late 60s, and then we recently discovered his great great grandfather's family farmed about 6 miles from where my mam and dad now live.....
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330km from the place my 5x great-grandparents married - I'm in north county Dublin and they married in Narbeth, Pembrokeshire in Wales. Their great-granddaughter married an Irish soldier who was ultimately stationed in Limerick and her granddaughter moved to Dublin because of her father's job.
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Nothing too exciting on my part. The furthest I've gone back is 4x great grandparents on some lines. I'm currently living in Co. Roscommon. The furthest away an ancestor lived was a 3x great grandmother who was supposed to have lived about 30 km away in Boyle but I don't have any records for her existence except a gravestone and family notes.
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Just a bit of fun - how far are you now living from where you found your oldest ancestor living ?
About 5 miles, Bessbrook to Belleeks village - an ancestor recorded in a 1766 parish census. That's from my Irish Catholic lineages.

On my English Protestant lines? How far is the Yorkshire coast from South Armagh? 16th Century.

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Great responses so far, it's really interesting to see how far/near our ancestors were.
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From most of them, not so far, Southwest Laois/Dungannon area/East Clare to Dublin.

Peculiarly enough though, one of my brothers emigrated to NYC in the early 90s, eventually settling in NY state and I found out that our great great grandmother went to the US in 1906 with her youngest daughter following the death of her husband, lived the last years of her life there and died in the same town as my brother lives in. She is buried about 2 miles from his house.
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From most of them, not so far, Southwest Laois/Dungannon area/East Clare to Dublin.

Peculiarly enough though, one of my brothers emigrated to NYC in the early 90s, eventually settling in NY state and I found out that our great great grandmother went to the US in 1906 with her youngest daughter following the death of her husband, lived the last years of her life there and died in the same town as my brother lives in. She is buried about 2 miles from his house.
I have something similar in my family but the ancestors who went to the US both returned to Ireland. A great grandmother on my mum's side and a great grandfather on my dad's side both went to America.

Pretty much all of my great grandfather's siblings seem to have gone to America except for a sister. My great grandfather was the youngest and returned to Ireland as his father's health started to decline to help look after the farm. He actually met his future wife's sister in America and gave him a pair of red shoes to bring to Ireland to give to her sister and that was supposed to be how they met.

A lot of my great grandmother's siblings went to America as well. I think that she just wanted to return home. She had emigrated in 1908 and had returned to Ireland by 1911. Her father died in 1909 so that may have been what made her want to return to Ireland. I think she lost contact with her siblings in America after that. I think they weren't happy that she returned home.
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On my English Protestant lines? How far is the Yorkshire coast from South Armagh? 16th Century.



There is no West Yorkshire coast - all the Yorkshire coast is on the East of England.


So where did your Yorkshire ancestors originate?
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Just noticed you were looking for oldest ancestor. Through paper research, my 3x great grandfather born in 1788 lived about 10 km from where I'm living. I can't be certain of where he was actually born or if his parents were from the same townland. Through Y-DNA, about 40 km away.
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On my English Protestant lines? How far is the Yorkshire coast from South Armagh? 16th Century.
Looking at Google maps, it's about 400 km. I just picked a random point around south Armagh and a point at the coast of Yorkshire.
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My fourth g grandfather lived worked only 7km from where I live now
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I'm living 3 miles from where my 4 x great grandparents lived in Paul St Cork. I was very luck to find a marriage record for them from 1815. Most of my Dad's side were all from within a 2 mile radius for over 200 years. Mad stuff.
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Im living in the house where my 3rd great grandfather lived, only 15 mins from all other great great great grandparents who were all around the same town 😄
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