When did your Irish Ancestor leave Ireland? In my own case, 5 of my uncles left for a better life – but when I look at our extended family starting in 1874 – over 75% moved or are currently living outside Ireland!
We visited Cobh (pronounced Cove) in Cork today – a lovely spring day – and took this picture. Its a statue of Annie Moore who was the first immigrant to the United States to pass through the Ellis Island facility in New York. She is standing with her brothers roughly where your ancestors would have left the Port of Cobh (or Queenstown as it was known for a time).
Cobh was the last port for 2.5 of the six million Irish people who went to North America between 1848 and 1950. Annie Moore arrived from Cobh on the ship Nevada on January 1, 1892 and was accompanied by her young brothers Phillip and Anthony – her parents had already settled in the United States in 1888.
And now, a total of 36,278,332 Americans—estimated at 11.9% of the total population—reported Irish ancestry in 2008 recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Irish ancestry population in the United States is roughly six times the modern population of Ireland.
When we look at all the people around the world who claim Irish ancestry – it rounds up to about 100 million people – more than fifteen times the population of the whole Island of Ireland, which had approximately 6.4 million in 2011.
If you visit the heritage museum on Ellis Island today, you will find a sister statue to this one in Cobh.
When did your Irish Ancestor leave Ireland – was it from the port of Queenstown (Corbh) in County Cork?
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