The Irish Americans: The Immigrant Experience



WELCOME to the Irish-American (IRISH-AMERICAN-L) Discussion List. This is a discussion area for anyone who has an interest in the Genealogy, History, Culture or anything related to the Irish immigration to the United States.  If your ancestor(s) lived or even just passed through America, they have a special type of culture. The fun part of the list is figuring our what part or our traditions originated in Ireland or originated in the USA. Because of the many different immigrants all living in poor neighborhoods when they first came over, many of our traditions are a result of the many nationalities living together. This list will be a place where we discuss those traditions that include holidays, recipes, music, weddings, births, funerals/wakes, etc. Hopefully, in our discourse we will find not only genealogical connections, directions and resources but also where our family traditions started and which are pure Irish, which are Irish American or which are the result of that wonderful melting pot, the United States of America. 

Another interesting aspect of the Irish immigration is how they migrated through out the United States.  While most landed in New York City or Boston and some stayed in those areas, many branched out across the country.  It is a coincidence that gold was discovered in California in 1849 just at the height of the Famine migration.  The Irish were instrumental in the building of the USA's infrastructure which included canals, bridges and the trans-continental railroad.  It is hopeful that this list will explore all these areas and more.

This is the main site for the mailing list. It includes instructions on how to subscribe and unsubscribe to the list and other addresses that will be helpful for the IRISH-AMERICAN lister. There are guidelines for the list, links for both areas, links for Ireland, links for the United States and other interesting information. Once the list gets moving, a surname registry will be added, along with other pages as the need develops.


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