Friday, August 24, 2012

Annual Family Gathering


My Irish cousins came together this past weekend for our 5th annual gathering. We are a small handful of Coyle/Brady cousins who originally discovered each other on the internet. Our beginnings can be traced to the 1800s in County Cavan, Ireland where our Coyle/Brady ancestors made a meager living in small rural towns near Lough Sheelin. We’ve come a long way since then. We cousins all live in the northeast: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Each summer we take turns with the hosting and driving.

This year we gathered on the Jersey shore. Besides sharing our newest genealogy discoveries we enjoyed delicious seafood meals, views of sailboats drifting on the water at the blue hour, and a night sky full of stars and fireworks.

Our little group is growing. Another Connecticut cousin has recently joined us. We’ve pulled out our family trees to determine where this branch connects.

This autumn we are planning to gather for our first research weekend. Family group sheets, timelines and laptops in hand, we will head to a Connecticut library [CT is where the Patrick & Margaret (Brady) Coyle family lived.] to expand our family knowledge.

Don’t wait. Grab your calendar and gather your cousins. You’ll be glad you did.

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