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Welcome to the New-England-Irish Discussion List. This is a discussion area for anyone who has an interest in the Genealogy, History, Culture or anything related to the Irish emigration to the New England states which include Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.  If your ancestor(s) lived or even just passed through New England, they have a unique type of culture. The fun part of the list is figuring out what part of our traditions originated in Ireland or originated in New England. Many of our traditions are a mixture of the old and new country. 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 an Irish-New England mix or which are New England only. 



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This list is for the discussion of the Genealogy, Culture and History of the New England Irish. Discussion of surnames, migration patterns, immigration, heraldry,  historical sketches, settlements, census data, wills, family Bibles, vital records,  web sites, songs, recipes etc. is encouraged. 

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New England Irish Surname Registry
Includes states: CT, MA, RI, ME, NH, VT
updated January 23, 2019


The Irish Ancestral Research Association
good links, and information


Maher Matters, Maher Family History
includes CT Tombstone inscriptions (many surnames), Irish History and more




Boston City Directories
from 1845


Genealogical Information for Boston Residents
Includes Census, Tax and Voter Registration Records


Southern New England Irish
includes Providence County RI and Bristol County MA


Worcester MA 1855 State Census
Irish only


New England Cousins
research for a fee


1875 Rhode Island Census
for Providence, 10th Ward



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