Monday, March 16, 2015

My Wild Irish Roots

As we research our roots we often trace our origins back to many countries. I have always felt the strongest connection to my maternal grandmother's family, my Irish roots. 

Perhaps this is because my mother, Alberta Joy Gardner Brown, and her mother, Helen F. Coyle Gardner, were the center of our lives as my brothers and I grew up. They both told us stories of our family. Hearing tales about our family in Counties Cavan and Tipperary and, later, in New York City, made me wish I could travel back in time and see the world as my grandmother saw it.

Perhaps it is my St. Patrick's Day birthday and my freckles that give me a strong connection to my Irish roots. For whatever reason, this is a good day to bring out a chart of my wild Irish roots.

My maternal grandmother's family tree.

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Dara said...

Happy Birthday Colleen, and St Patrick's Day greetings too. Hope you have the bacon and cabbage in the bag. We always had potatoes and carrots on Paddy's Day too, so we could have a green, white and orange dinner, lol.

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

Thanks, Dara! That sounds delicious!

Charlie Purvis said...

Did I miss you Birthday; well, Happy belated Birthday.

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

Thanks, Charlie. Birthday greetings are always welcome. My husband is taking me to the Albany Symphony Orchestra concert today to celebrate.