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“But what had they left?” he asks. This talk will look at the Ireland left behind, the forces that pushed them toward distant shores and the cultural and historical realities that influenced their role in the new world while enshrining a special place in memory for the land they would see no more.

Henry McNally is currently semi-retired, following a career of 40+ years in education; 35 years at the secondary level in New Jersey, and five teaching Education and Irish History at Marist College.   Presently, Mr. McNally teaches in the Irish Studies Program at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, and at the Osher Life-Long Learning Institute of Rutgers University.  He resides in Manasquan.

He is a first generation Irish-American, both parents born in County Armagh.  He has travelled often to Ireland and spent a sabbatical year living in Tipperary, and working part time in a training program for delinquent youth in Cork City.  Mr. McNally is a 1993 recipient of a Geraldine Dodge Foundation grant for study of “Conflict Resolution” in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Mr. McNally holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Fordham University and a Master’s Degree from William Paterson University as well as a Certificate in Irish Studies from University College, Galway.

 
                                                  


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Sunday, March 13, 2016

 MCGS General Meeting at 1:30PM

The Ireland Our Ancestors Left

As family historians, we gather information about our ancestors -­birth, marriage, death, immigration, but most of us also like to know about their lives, what shaped their personalities.  Henry McNally, our speaker for the MCGS March 13 General Meeting, will help us do just that in his presentation “Emigrants and Exiles: The Ireland They Left.”

McNally explains, “From 1720 to 1780,hundreds of thousands of proud Irish Protestants and Dissenters left Ireland for America forming, over time, what we call today the Scots-Irish, a “fighting race” that were integral to this country’s struggle for independence.  From 1820 to 1920, more than two million proud Irish Catholics stormed into the urban centers of America, changing the very fabric of democracy.”

“But what had they left?” he asks. This talk will look at the Ireland left behind, the forces that pushed them toward distant shores and the cultural and historical realities that influenced their role in the new world while enshrining a special place in memory for the land they would see no more.

Henry McNally is currently semi-retired, following a career of 40+ years in education; 35 years at the secondary level in New Jersey, and five teaching Education and Irish History at Marist College.   Presently, Mr. McNally teaches in the Irish Studies Program at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, and at the Osher Life-Long Learning Institute of Rutgers University.  He resides in Manasquan.

He is a first generation Irish-American, both parents born in County Armagh.  He has travelled often to Ireland and spent a sabbatical year living in Tipperary, and working part time in a training program for delinquent youth in Cork City.  Mr. McNally is a 1993 recipient of a Geraldine Dodge Foundation grant for study of “Conflict Resolution” in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Mr. McNally holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Fordham University and a Master’s Degree from William Paterson University as well as a Certificate in Irish Studies from University College, Galway.

TMC March 2016

Refreshments are at 1:30: and the meeting will start at 2PM  at the Eatontown Community Center . Guests are welcome.

Irish Special Interest Group

Frustration, like misery, loves company. That’s the idea behind the founding of the new MCGS Irish Special Interest Group. Already at least six sons and daughters of the Old Sod have signed up for the inaugural meeting 10 a.m. Saturday, March 12th at the home of  Susan O’Brien, 875 River Road, Fair Haven.   Bring a book on Ireland.

To add your name to the list of attendees, contact either: Susan O’Brien by phone at 732-747-0090 or email at  slfugateobrien@aol.com  or Judy Bretzger at 732-542-0963 or jdbretzger@verizon.net

African-American Special Interest Group

We meet at 1PM the second Saturday of each month at the Calvary Baptist Church at Bridge Avenue and River Street in Red Bank. 

The next meeting is Saturday, February 13 at 1:00PM.    

For more information contact Charles Lawson at (732)530-1995 or clcharlylaw5@gmail.com .

German Special Interest Group

The next German Special Interest Group will meet Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Colts Neck Library, 1 Winthrop Drive, Colts Neck from 10AM to 12PM

At this time we don't have a group leader but if anyone is interested in taking over this position, it would be very welcome. 

If you aren't already on the email list, please contact  Debbie White at debra.white1@verizon.net so that you can be added to the list and informed of any changes in meeting dates etc.

Monmouth Roots Group

The next Monmouth Roots Group will meet Saturday, February 27th the Colts Neck Library, 1 Winthrop Drive, Colts Neck from 10AM to 12PM

For more information, please contact Lynn Wilson so that you can be added to the list and informed of any changes in meeting dates etc.

Scot-Irish Special Interest Group

The New Scots-Irish Special Interest Group will meet Saturday, February 20th, 2016 from 10AM to 12PM at the Marlboro Public Library..

If you aren't already on the email list, please contact  Donna at donna_diamant@hotmail.com for more information.

Memoirs Group

 February 12th  will be the next meeting. Contact Lynn Wilson at which34@optonline.net for more information.

MCGS & SHS Hosting

Ye Olde Monmouth County Authors Book Faire on April 9, 2016

The Monmouth County Genealogy Society and the Shrewsbury Historical Society (SHS) are sponsoring Ye Olde Monmouth County Authors Book Faire on Saturday, April 9, and inviting local authors to display and discuss their books about Monmouth County or its people.

Linda Wilson, president of MCGS noted “By partnering with the Shrewsbury Historical Society and the Monmouth County Library system, we are giving local authors an opportunity to become known while at the same time giving all our Monmouth County residents a chance to see the plethora of material available about this very special county in a single visit to the library.” 

The event will be held at the Monmouth County Library’s Eastern Branch, 1001 Route 35, from 10 am until 2 pm, Saturday, April 9. The public is invited to stop in to meet authors of books associated with Monmouth County. Admission is free. Visitors will have an opportunity to purchase  books from the authors who will sign copies as requested.

SHS President and Shrewsbury Mayor Donald Burden said “We have identified more than 50 very talented authors in Monmouth County who have written fascinating stories about its history, novels focusing on specific areas of the county, and other types of stories .”

The event is free to the public, no registration is required. The Library features plenty of parking at its convenient location. We hope to see everyone there.

Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

At the Monmouth Battlefield State Park from 11AM to 5PM.  For more information  click here to see the flyer.

Also available here:

Cornelius Walling complete will 9627M dated August 22, 1825 from Book B wills folio 461 from the Monmouth County Surrogates Office.

Cornelius Walling inventory 9627M dated January 25, 1826 from Book C inventories p. 144  from the Monmouth County Surrogates Office

 

   
 
 

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