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At 8:28am on June 15, 2022, Eric Forbes said…

Hello Declan,

Through DNA, I've discovered that my Forbes family from Cork Ireland (George Forbes & Sarah Haggartie married in Kilmeen Parish 1803) have much deeper Scottish roots.  What is interesting is that there were many intermarriages between Forbes and Chalmers in Banffshire and Aberdeen.  I'm presently focused on the marriage of Mary Chalmers 1731-1823 and William Forbes 1731.  Mary appears to have been the grand-daughter of  a Rev Hugh Chalmers from Alvah.  Haven't yet found the connection between my Cork family and these Scots, but I'm intrigued by your family's connection between Banffshire and Cork.  Was this a personal choice or was there a migration event perhaps with several families in the 18th century?  Best wishes, Eric Forbes

At 2:29am on July 7, 2013, Scott Chalmers said…

thanks for the invite to look at your site, I have several times, I  can't seem to connect with my branch of family members of the Chalmers of Strichen on your site. I should also mention that there is an expert on the Chalmers family in Dunedin NZ, or close by there. She has been researching the highland Chalmers of Balnacraig an cults an Strichen for 40 years that I know of. When my cousin invite me down there to go over them, she said I better make it along trip because her mum had boxes an boxes of family records an I would be there awhile if I was planning to go through them.. i'll tell ya I sure would of liked to sit down with John Gibson Chalmers before he passed away, god rest his soul, because he sure had quite a collection of Chalmers stuff,. John would never tell me which branch he was from ....may I ask did he ever mention which branch he was connected too, when you two gentlemen were talking once an awhile over the net........cheers from Canada......Scotty 

At 9:14am on February 10, 2013, Denise Sclater said…
Hello Declan
I wonder if you might be able to help me find the birth of my ancestors, at least one of whom I believe was born in Macroom. I have sent you a friend request and can let you have further details in a private message if you prefer.
Hope to hear from you.
At 2:47am on May 12, 2012, Lorraine Dorothy Harvey said…

Hi Declan,

Thanks for replying, I live in Dunedin, New Zealand, and have just discovered which family our Jean Chalmers is connected.   She was born 2nd September 1787, to William Chalmers & Katharine Douglas.   She married Alexander Davidson, and had the following family:

William Davidson, born Kennellar, Aberdeen.

Ann D, born 8th Feb, 1816, Nicles (Nicholas), Janet & George, Triplets born 24th May 1818, and then twins Jane & Robert born 10th March 1822 all in Kintore.

Nicles, married Andrew mackenzie, 6th July 1844, and their daughter Ann Barnett Mackenzie married William Fisher Wilson who is my Great Great Grandfather.

Is it possible to email you direct in Cork?


Lorraine D Harvey

At 10:57am on January 25, 2012, susan casey said…

Hi Declan, Thanks for the welcome...I live in Glasgow, and yes my tree from all branches seems to originate in Ireland... I think my Casey's are from a place called "Muckno"... Haven't been able to confirm this tho'... :)

At 9:47am on August 24, 2011, Dianne Reagan said…

Hi Declan,

    Thanks for replying to my message. Yes, I am doing my genealogy searching in West Cork area.  My grandfather was John Manning from Bantry born in 1880, and my grt,grt grandmother Sarah Goslin/Gosnell came from Sherkin Island-born in 1822. She married Joseph Regan in 1846 on Sherkin Island, and they and their families went through the Famine years. The Regan-Goslin families left Cobh in 1851 bound for Boston.  Thus, I am 4th generation Irish American from Boston, now living in Spain.

  Presently, I'm trying to find where Joseph Regan was born. It seems that he wasn't born on Sherkin , so I'm looking in the triangle areas of Cork City, (Skibbereen,Schull, Aghadown, and Ballydehob), and Cape Clear Island. His birth was abt. 1822 + or- 5 yrs.

His parents were James Regan and wife Margaret. My stuck. Got any ideas?


At 3:29pm on February 27, 2011, Sandy Fackler said…

Hi Declan,

CofI means Church of Ireland. I certainly did not mean I expected you to research the Campions and/or Mayes families for me nor do I expect you to. I hope you didn't take it that way. If you should stumble across any information on them, however, I will be eternally grateful. Rebecca Campion's heastone indicates she was a native of County Cork, but given that the headstone may have been erected by her children, it could be in error. She died in 1871 and her husband in 1881, she I suppose her husband may have supplied the information, John's brother, Richard, was born in 1810 in Ireland and married Mary ___ about 1830/1831 in Ireland. I knew one of John's sons was baptized in the Parish of Fermoy because a copy of the baptizm was included in his Civil War papers. The other one I found on


Is there anything I can do for you in the US?


One of these days I hope to visit Ireland. I have a Robison/Robinson/Robertson family that went to Canada from Ireland, but I am really stuck on that line. Can't find the parents in Canada.


Take care, and thank!



At 2:26pm on February 26, 2011, Sandy Fackler said…

I am interested in the Campion family, of which I know very little. John Campion was born in 1800 in Ireland, married in1823 (if I recall correctly) Rebecca Mayes, and came to the US around 1848, first to Ontario County, New York, then to Greene County, Ohio. I know he was initiated into the Harmony Masonic Lodge in March 1838 at Fermoy, and joined the Ark Lodge in Geneva, NY in September 1848. Two of his children were baptised in the Parish of Fermoy (CofI), Richard on 13 October 1843 and Andrew on 29 July 1839. Other children were Mary,  b. 1825; John, b. 1827; Hester, b. 1829; Katie, b. 1835; and Walter, b. 1837. He had a brother, Richard, who arrived in the US before him, and he lived in Ontario County, New York. Richard, John and John's sons were shoemakers.  Katie is my ancestor.  I guess I know more about him than I thought. I would like to know more about his family and their life in Ireland, like where he lived, who his parents were, etc.


I  live in the US, in Ohio, about 35 miles from where John and his family lived in Greene County.

At 9:18am on February 25, 2011, Sandy Fackler said…
The photos are great! Thanks for posting them. Wish I could visit.
At 2:20am on July 15, 2010, Jennifer Jensen said…
Hey, Declan! I emailed you about a month ago, so I'm glad to hear from you now. I'm in Northern Ireland with my parents right now, but will be back over the weekend. Can we meet in Ballincollig or Cork sometime in the next 2-3 weeks? They go home in early August, and my mother is a Chalmers and you're probably cousins.
At 11:31pm on February 19, 2010, Cheryl Dynan said…
Oh, I forgot, John Mullaney and Margaret Forrest married on Feb 21,1860, the witnesses were John McCarthy and Patrick Lynch. They were Roman Catholic.
At 11:25pm on February 19, 2010, Cheryl Dynan said…
Hi Declan, I have verified the marriage of John Mullaney and Margaret Forrest in Ballymacoda/Ladysbridge Co Cork. I actually went there last April but we only had an afternoon, and I was unable to locate the hills cemetery I had been told about. We stopped at the church there (which has absolutely beautiful altar) but I think we disturbed the priest. He kind of stood in the doorway and talked to us. We had also been told that someone (its on my other computer right now) was buried in the old cemetery in Cloyne so we went there but it was raining and the stones are in great disrepair. Next Time I go I hope to have more time.
At 12:47pm on July 30, 2009, Frank McGonigal said…
I was brought up RC,but I've been an Agnostic for many years.
For the past 6 years I've been a non member volunteer once a week at our local Mormon Family History Centre...keeps me on top of what's happening in genealogy,and I've made some nice people there..most of the patrons are NOT Mormons.They even gave me a key to the centre !
At 12:21pm on July 30, 2009, Frank McGonigal said…
Hi Declan
Obviously no connection there.
Congrats on an excellent web page,very well done.
I was born in Scotland to a RC father and Protestant mother,came to Canada in 1957.
Just came back last week from a trip to Donegal with my wife Frances,nee McGarvey, and our son John and his wife, Frances was born there.
At 11:36am on July 30, 2009, Frank McGonigal said…
Hi Declan
My Chalmers came from Carnwath in Lanarkshire Scotland,my great grandmother was Betty Chalmers b.1832,her father was John Chalmers,and her mother was Janet Hunter.
At 11:07am on July 29, 2009, David Webb said…
Thanks for the quick reply yes talk my email is
Regards David
At 7:34pm on July 26, 2009, Joanne Schleier said…
I am sure you are a wealth of information with your years of experience and I pale by comparison! I am happy to say that I have some Irish lineage back to County Donegal (which I digressed to the turkey in Episode 001, beginning with William Baskin who immigrated abt 1731). In answer to your question, the computer I was using was giving me fits and I invested in the components for another - optimized for this video editing process including a superior graphics card, RAM, memory etc. Poor me - literally! The software I use to edit it all is Pinnacle which I am not thrilled with, but it is what I have and is suitable. The investment will be worth it as I shall no longer be having fits over lost work, time and a computer that shuts off whenever it has a mind to :-)
P.S. would love to visit your country someday!
At 3:50pm on July 26, 2009, Joanne Schleier said…
Declan - thank you for taking the time to leave a comment about the video series. It helps be push on when I begin to feel overwhelmed! I am glad to know that someone appreciates the work and exactly what you said about "wishing someone had done that for you when you started" is how this whole idea was born in the first place. I am now loading my new computer with software and praying all the technical difficulties are behind me.
With gratitude,
At 12:12pm on July 20, 2009, Sylvia Binch-Talma said…
Thank you so much for all your trouble Declan. That is quite a list !
I might be able to get some of the films from my local LDS centre here in The Netherlands.
I really appreciate this.
At 6:55am on July 20, 2009, Sylvia Binch-Talma said…
Hi Declan,
I can't see any references ? :-o


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