Lynch Family Description

July 31, 2010 at 6:59 pm (Lynch and Fleming Families)

Today, July 31st, I completed this article, the last in a series, one each about the eight major branches of my family.

Research here took me to three places: England, Ireland, and New Zealand.  For England, I sought records of births, marriages, and deaths through the General Register Office in London. I also employed a genealogical researcher in Lancashire for data I could not obtain online. In Ireland, I engaged another genealogist to explore documentation for me at the National Archives in Dublin. I obtained from Tony Harris, the deputy editor of the Otago Daily Times in Dunedin, a copy of the edition that alerted Michael Fleming to his bequest and shared with the community his plans to leave Dunedin for Montreal to retrieve it. Indeed, the online posting of “Papers Past” in New Zealand admirably filled out my story of the Lynch/Fleming family in Dunedin. For those interested in exploring further the gold rush days of Otago on the South Island, especially as it involved Irish immigrants, I would direct their attention to two books: A Distant Shore: Irish Migration and New Zealand Settlement by Lyndon Fraser (ed),  University of Otago Press: Dunedin, New Zealand, 2000; and Irish Migrants in New Zealand, 1840-1937: The Desired Haven by Angela McCarthy, The Boydell Press: Woodbridge, Suffolk County, England, 2005. For the description of life in Manchester’s cotton industry, I found particularly enlightening  A. & G. Murray and the Cotton Mills of Ancoats by I. Miller &  C. Wild, Oxford Archaeology North: Lancaster, England, 2007.

In days to come, I intend to write more particular stories involving this extended family.


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